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Win-win collaboration between cancer researchers, veterinarians

 

Narrator:       This is Science Today. Cancer researchers and veterinary oncologists at the University of California, Davis, are teaming up to come up with better treatments for lymphoma — in both humans and dogs. Dr. Michael Kent, a professor of medical and radiation oncology at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, says lymphoma, which is a cancer of the lymphatic system, is very common in dogs.

Kent:              Lymphoma in a dog has very close similarities to non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, which is the most deadly and most difficult one to treat in people. It's also difficult to treat in our patients, so we need to come up with better treatments and also less toxic treatments.

Narrator:       Kent is working with Dr. Kit Lam at the UC Davis Medical Center, using novel drug therapies that Lam's group developed to treat lymphoma.

Kent:               Working with Dr. Lam and his group has been a perfect opportunity and just a really good way that we can benefit our patients, but hopefully also come up with new treatments for people as well.

Narrator:       For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.