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Dog cancer drug

Cancer affects many people’s lives, but it’s not just humans. Our favorite pets can also get the debilitating and often deadly disease. But now there may be hope for our four-legged friends. Some vets are testing a new cancer vaccine.

Tucson veterinary oncologist Mary Kay Klein has been treating dogs with an experimental canine melanoma vaccine.

Callie, a 7 1/2 year old golden retriever, has malignant melanoma. Her owner, Gene DiLuigi, drives seven hours from California to get Callie treated.

“All in all it looks like she’s cancer free,” DiLuigi said.

“I will tell you that I couldn’t be more pleased,” Klein said.

Dr. Klein says tests have gone so well that recently the vaccine was conditionally approved for commercial use in dogs, and maybe one day for humans.

“Dogs are very much like people,” Klein said. “They tend to be the same age proportionately as you and I when they get these diseases. The diseases look the same underneath the microscope.”

DiLuigi is excited about the people possibility.

“Going from the status of prognosis poor in December of 2006 to in great shape five months later, I don’t know what a better testament to a great vaccine would be,” DiLuigi said.

Right now only cancer vets are approved to use the dog vaccine. The next step is to make it available to all vets. Work on a similar human treatment is ongoing. (WHDH-TV)

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