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Experimental Cancer Drug For Dogs Could Hold Promise For People


Emily, a 10-year-old Portuguese water dog is Laura Kamienski's everything.

When Emily was diagnosed with aggressive brain cancer earlier this year, Laura was devastated.

"I sobbed. I sat in the middle of the exam room and sobbed," recalled Laura Kamienski.

Emily has Glioblastoma and was given just three months to live. It's a tough cancer to treat and options are limited. So Laura enrolled Emily in a new clinical trial at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech.

"That gave me hope," she said, "I said 'I'll do anything'."

A drug is injected directly into the tumor, getting right to the cancer while leaving healthy brain tissue undamaged.

"We watch the entire treatment on MRI. So we can watch the drug cover the tumor. And so we know we've achieved the treatment goals of actually targeting all the cancer cells," explained Dr. John Rossmeisl, Professor Neurology and Neurosurgery.

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