I’m Rebel, a 9 year old Springer Spaniel. I am a CANCER SURVIVOR! In winter 2011-2012, I had a couple of small seizures. They didn't last long and I recovered from them quickly. In February 2012, I had a Grand Mal seizure in the middle of the night. I went to the emergency vet clinic where they gave me valium, and went home the next day. About a week later I had another Grand Mal seizure. This time they took me to my Vet, Dr. Jerri Smith. She told us about a research study at the University of Minnesota, the Canine Brain Tumor Clinical Trials Program.

I had an MRI in March 2012, and they found out I had a tumor the size of a golf ball right behind my eye. I was accepted into the brain cancer research study, where surgery and treatment for dogs is also being used on humans!

My tumor was removed on April 10th at the University by an amazing surgeon, Dr. Liz Pluhar. It went well and the tumor was removed. Unfortunately, the tumor came back as a Grade 4 Glioma, the worst type of brain cancer a dog or human can get. I began my vaccine treatment and chemotherapy shortly after my surgery. It went well. I never lost my appetite or hair. They did some stain tests on my tumor and came to the conclusion that it was probably non-cancerous after all! It was such a great day for our family.

I want everyone to know what an amazing research program the University of Minnesota has. People are bringing their dogs from all over the world to see Dr. Pluhar, Dr. John Ohlfest and the amazing research team at the U of M. They are doing everything they can to advance brain cancer research and they need all the help they can get.

Story UpdateRebel's brain tumor did come back in his sinus cavity.  He did have it removed again and underwent vaccine therapy again.  The cancer was very aggressive and on September 25, 2013 Rebel was laid to rest.  Thank you to everyone for all of their support.  Without the U of M program we could not have enjoyed Rebel the extra 18 months that we did!

We are forever grateful for the reseach being done in the Canine Brain Tumor Clinical Trials Program. For more information on this ground-breaking research, please visit http://www.cvm.umn.edu/cic/current/braintumortrials/
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