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Molly Silverman Fund for Radiation Oncology Research

This fund is in memory of Molly Silverman (1994-2008), the wonderful, loving companion of Deborah Silverman. Molly was a small, yet mighty Shih Tzu who bravely fought back cancer for four years with the help of the Colorado State University Animal Cancer Center, specifically the Radiation Ooncology section.  This fund, established in Molly's name, will hopefully serve to save and extend the lives of pet animals suffering from cancer. The fund will provide support for radiation oncology research in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer in animals.

There are many important questions to be answered in radiation oncology.  Not only is this information valuable for our veterinary patients, but it can be translated to human cancer patients as well. 

Our current research interests focus on the impact of radiation therapy to the tumor and the normal tissues surrounding the tumor.  This is particularly relevant because of the surging interest in stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS).   Patients undergoing SRS treatment receive larger radiation doses per fraction than patients undergoing traditional treatment.  It is not clear if the impact to the tumor microenvironment will be different.  Understanding the tumor microenvironment will help us develop strategies to optimize radiation treatment. 

Your support is vital to our research program.  Private giving can help support graduate students, technical support, and fund projects to obtain pilot data that can be used for grant applications.   Every gift helps. 

If you are interested in supporting our research program, please contact Dr. Susan LaRue at 970-297-0334 or email slarue@colostate.edu.

You can go to the ERHS giving website, at https://advancing.colostate.edu/CVMBS/ERHS/GIVE

Donations may also be sent to:
CSU Foundation Molly Fund, PO Box 1870, Fort Collins, C0 80523

Support our Clinical Program

Small equipment and items to make our patient's stay more pleasant are always needed. Please contact Dr. Susan LaRue for a list of desired items.

Thank you for any support you can give!

Rose Barr and Rudy
Dr. LaRue with Rose Barr and her cat Rudy. Rudy participated in a clinicl trial to investigate the use of SRS for the treatment of pituitary tumors.

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