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Can Man’s Best Friend…
Save Us From Cancer?

 

 

 

Hundreds of dogs are testing a cancer vaccine in the largest clinical trial of its kind.

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What’s Happening:

  • Prof. Stephen Johnston, Arizona State Univ. Center for Innovations in Medicine, has worked on a cancer vaccine for over a decade.
  • Human trials = very expensive & difficult to get approved.
  • Johnson partnered w/a veterinarian (Colorado State Univ).
  • 800+ dogs are testing a vaccine that aims to prevent or delay a variety of cancers.
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“Cancer is actually the leading cause of death in adult dogs. They develop these tumors spontaneously as a result of old age in a way that’s very, very similar to the way humans do.”

Veterinarian & cancer survivor, Dr. Doug Thamm, Colorado State University's Flint Animal Cancer Center. Dogs get cancer at nearly the same rate as humans. If this vaccine lowers cancer rates or delays the onset in dogs, it could be a promising sign in the quest to vaccinate against cancer in humans.
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Other cancer drugs have been tested successfully on dogs before humans. However, a vaccine is different than a typical drug - it works to help the human immune system identify a potential danger and fight it. Cancer is notoriously tricky to identify.

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