How Treating Cancer in Canines Is Advancing Human Medicine

Veterinary treatment is impacting the process for developing human treatments.

By Cheryl London | Contributor Oct. 6, 2016, at 6:00 a.m.

As too many dog owners know, cancer afflicts canines as often as it afflicts us. For some cancers, dogs are actually more likely to get the disease than people. Consider the bone cancer osteosarcoma: Exceedingly rare in humans – only 700 to 800 Americans get diagnosed every year – osteosarcoma is shockingly common in dogs, affecting more than 10,000 every year.

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