Colorado State University’s Flint Animal Cancer Center has spearheaded a new campaign to unify cancer treatments in pets and humans. Mouse cancer research has given us many advancements in treatments but the unification of human and veterinary oncologists suggest more efficient and quicker treatment comparisons.

The meeting of the two fields took place this month with overwhelming support from both sides.

Dr. Len Lichtenfeld, deputy chief medical officer for the American Cancer Society, admitted in the meetings closing remarks he knew little of veterinary cancer until his own dog was diagnosed.

“All of this is likely unknown to most of us, as it was for me,” he said, “Enabling this approach to learning more about cancer treatment in dogs might help us – pets and people alike – do good for each other.”

Imagine also the emotional benefit of a cancer patient and their dog helping each other emotionally and scientifically.

When the canine genome was sequenced back in 2005 and then a canine cancer tumor bank in 2012, the similarities were noted and advancements occurred from clinical trails in dogs. Since humans and dogs are exposed to the same environmental factors, we drink the same water and live in the same homes, the research translates more effectively from animal to human. Click the link below to read more on the new collaboration and  how our canine heroes have helped humans. One health, one medicine!

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