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Comparative oncology program is one of a handful

 

Narrator:       This is Science Today. In comparative oncology programs, veterinarians collaborate with physicians who treat humans and are able to treat their canine and feline patients with novel cancer therapies. The goal is that researchers can quicken the pace of new therapeutics for both pets and people. The University of California, Davis' Comparative Oncology program is one of just a handful in the nation. Veterinary oncologist Xinbin Chen holds joint appointments at both the School of Veterinary Medicine and the School of Medicine.

Chen:             Generally, we are testing some of the new therapy which we develop in our cancer center, then we want to check that and test that in our dog/patient and see how that will work. So, some of the drug is working really well; our colleague in the medical center, they're going to try in human. And the other way around also works well, so there's a lot of drug, FDA approved for human cancer treatment, so we wanted to check how that drug works in dogs.

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