The impact of cancer on humans and pets is enormous. It is estimated that 80,000 people, 15,000 dogs and 8,500 cats developed cancer in New York during 2001. The intersections between cancer in humans and companion animals are remarkable. Pets share our environment and develop similar forms of cancer. The clinical behavior and treatment of cancer in pets and humans are also quite close.
The Sprecher Institute for Comparative Cancer Research seeks to control cancer in all species. To accomplish this goal we identify and develop new discoveries for clinical application, provide treatment for animals with cancer, and produce educational materials about cancer and our environment for professional and non-professional audiences.