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PET PROJECT H OW D O G S CO U L D H E L P H U M A N S F I G H T C A N C E R A N D V I C E V E R S A MAN S BEST FRIEND can fetch, sit and roll over. Now dogs may be about to perform their
greatest trick: helping humans fight cancer while treatments originally developed for humans
are helping dogs that are suffering from the disease.
Examinations of genetic-based canine diseases reveal that 58 percent or more are comparable
to human diseases, says UAB neurosurgeon and veterinarian Renee Chambers, D.V.M., M.D.
Investigating naturally occurring canine brain tumors provides a unique opportunity to
advance cancer research, she says.