Dogs May Hold Key to How to Fight Cancer

September 9, 2009

in Cat Health

Experts at the Cleveland Clinic have successfully treated cancer in some of “man’s best friend”, and this may lead to an fascinating new approach on how to fight cancer in people as well.

At the 237th national meeting of the American Chemical Society, Joseph A. Bauer, PhD presented findings, building on more than 60-years of research effort to developing a B12 based attack against cancer.

It all started with a “miracle dog” called Oscar, a ten year old Bichon Frise who had a very aggressive cancer known as anal sac adenocarcinoma.

After treatment with the standard chemotherapy and radiation, with no improvement, Oscar was left unable to walk and with only three months to live.

As a last hope, Bauer ave the sick dog a cancer killing medicine known as nitrosylcobalamin (NO-Cbl for short).

Within 14 days his cancer had improved significantly and he was back on his feet.

This compound has now been given to other dogs with equally promising results and no negative side effects. This drug targets cancer cells like a “Trojan horse”, delivered by being hidden inside something that looks harmless or beneficial.

The compound is made with nitric oxide that’s attached to vitamin B12. Receptors on cell surfaces will attract the vitamin and assist it in getting into the cell.

The compound works because cancer cells have extra B12 receptors. Once inside, the nitric oxide is released and the cell dies. Genius, pure genius.

Bauer’s and his team is ultrasound and MRI imaging to monitor tumor sizes in all three of the dogs currently undergoing treatment.

After 9 months of NO-Cbl the spinal tumor of a 6 year old golden retriever, Buddy, has been shrunk by 40%, and the thyroid cancer of a 13 year old female giant schnauzer has shrunk by 77% in just ten weeks of treatment.

A fourth dog, Haley, also a golden retriever, is being treated for a spinal tumor. Once the team successfully treats ten dogs with the drug, they’ll try for FDA approval to test the medication in people.

Bauer believes firmly that what works in these animals holds promise for treating their humans as well.

He suggests that people and dogs are genetically similar – enough to make a successful case for approval from the FDA.

Interesting to know that the National Cancer Institute collects data on pets, which makes sense if you think about it.

After all, they breathe the same air as we do; drink the same water as we do and eat processed foods just as we do.

“We are one of the few research groups that is offering to treat dogs with cancer that otherwise have no hope,” Bauer states. “With no other options available, most people in this situation opt to euthanize so that their pets don’t go through the pain of disease and trauma of surgery.”

The good news for dog owners is that this treatment also offers hope for a faithful friend who may be one of the estimated 6 million dogs in the U.S. alone diagnosed with cancer each year.

It’s a rare thing for research to uncover a treatment that can be used for animals, and may realistically hold promise for people on how to fight cancer.

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