Assessment of Lymphoma in the Boxer Breed

Craig A Clifford DVM, MS, DACVIM (Oncology), Kristen Kicenuik, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology), Christine Mullin, VMD, Diplomate ACVIM (Oncology), and Rebecca Risbon, VMD, DACVIM (Oncology)


The oncologists at HopeVS are collaborating with Dr Steven Suter from North Carolina State University to better understand Lymphoma in the Boxer breed. It is long since known that Boxers appear to have a high predisposition for developing lymphoma and specifically a more aggressive T cell.

The study is called a GWAS (genome-wide association study), which has been used in human medicine to find genes involved in causing many diseases, including cancer. The hope is that if we can pinpoint the gene(s) that are causing this, we may be able to develop better, more targeted therapeutics and possibly breed the disease out of the boxer population.

The study involves a one-time blood collection from Boxers with naïve (untreated) lymphoma and all patients receive free phenotyping (determination of T vs B cell) for participating in this study.

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