Treating Cancer in Dogs and Kids

Doctors can learn about cancer in humans from dogs.
3:00 | 02/08/12

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Dog lovers know there countless ways dogs comfort help and heel and -- we have learned they are our allies and a whole new way. They are best friends in the search for a cure for cancer to tell us about it here's ABC's chief health and medical editor doctor Richard -- In the war against cancer. They cavalry. Is wagging its tail. This is -- a Beagle mix. In August he was diagnosed with non hodgkin's lymphoma his cancer is the exact same time and seven year old -- Clinton's meeting -- today because incredibly they're both being treated at MD Anderson Cancer Center. And they cutting edge treatment he's getting could help kids like eight. Called for a clue a prank week. Ducts is one example of sort of a brave new world that these dogs a blazing forests you can really take it Douglas cancer and learned something about the human with the same type of cancer absolutely. -- Remember how one's dog year equal seven human years. That's a huge advantage researchers have in studying cancer in pets. Because you can learn much faster the treatment is working. Prognosis wasn't very good feeling at six weeks to live without guidance six weeks six weeks -- -- -- he's not close to six months. Doctor Terry Fossum created a registry to -- sick dogs with clinical trials. They don't have to create disease in animals. They can use these animals that have gotten the disease naturally. And they are going to be more predictive models. And even the National Cancer Institute is supporting go to human resurgent when he -- hundreds of dogs helping a steady everything from melanoma to bone cancer we could. Use the same types of immune based therapies that we want to apply for humans. And understand whether or not work in the -- it's a win went over. They needed bigger win for patients like -- -- our. Doctor Richard answer ABC news Houston Texas.

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