The Special Care Foundation is major force in collaborative research between industry, academia, biotechnology firms, pharmaceutical laboratories and private medical and veterinary practices to develop cures for fatal diseases like cancer. Our allied medical and scientific investigators diligently labor to unlock the secrets of cancer while conducting ethical research. For a list of current clinical trials click here.
Foundation research is performed by qualified, scientific investigators funded directly by the Foundation and reviewed by the scientific advisory boards and committees to ensure it is ethical practice, compassionate care and scientific value.
Here are just some of the areas our scientists and medical staff are investigating to truly care enough to cure cancer in both people and pets. Please consider being a part of this work by making a donation now.
Cures from Nature: Many of the world’s greatest medical drugs, including digoxin for heart disease, aspirin for discomfort, vincristine, doxorubicin, l-asparaginase, paclitaxel and many others are derived from nature. The Special Care Foundation strongly endorses and explores research into natural substances that may lead to improved quality of life and longevity for all cancer patients. Research is currently underway to explore the reported anticancer effects of polyunsaturated fatty acids, palladium and lipoic acid complexes, anticancer drugs derived from bacteria and plants, Co-Enzyme Q10, Mucomyst, natural inhibitors of angiogenesis, matrix metalloproteinases and many other exciting new frontiers.
Nutrition and Cancer: For over two decades, the research staff of the Special Care Foundation has explored the beneficial effects of nutrients to support to cancer patients. Their work has resulted in the first nationally and internationally patented nutritional formula for treating the cancer patient that results in improved quality and length of life. We are very excited about the potential advances that can be made in this area. In our mission to care enough to cure cancer, the Special Care Foundation continues to fund research of the anticancer effects of natural substances such as docosahexaenioic acid, conjugated linoleic acid, glutamine, arginine, SAMMe, vitamin B12 and other nutritional substances with the healing potential.
Safer, Faster, Better Anti-cancer Drugs: Allied scientists from around the world, the Special Care Foundation is bringing exciting new anticancer drugs and treatments to market that are designed to outsmart cancer cell survival. These drugs have one thing in common: they are designed to kill cancer cells while causing little, if any, adverse effects. Examples include international randomized clinical trials to explore the benefits of a novel molecular therapy that inhibits an enzyme in dogs with mast cell tumors and the unique biodegradable polymer release system to treat dogs with cancer with cisplatin.
Outsmarting Cancer and Other Diseases: Research to explore the molecular basis of the growth and endurance of cancer is a prime directive of the investigators associated with the Foundation. Key, non-toxic therapies are being developed regularly based on the knowledge of how cancer survives in the body. Foundation researchers have explored the healing potential of a number of approaches including:
• Antiangiogenesis research
• Apoptosis research
• Inhibition of matrix metalloproteinases
• Inhibition of tyrosine kinases