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zenwarner
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posted October 31, 2006 09:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for zenwarner     Edit/Delete Message
By Robert Bazell
Chief science and health correspondent
NBC News
Updated: 6:36 p.m. CT Oct 26, 2006


Robert Bazell
Chief science and health correspondent


NEW YORK - Ken Lipmann, an avid outdoorsman, is one of the human volunteers testing a vaccine for melanoma a potentially fatal skin cancer that strikes 60,000 Americans a year.

"You had to have a tan!" says Lipmann. "None of you ladies would ever look at us if we were pale."

The human results at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center are not in yet, but a few blocks away in New York at the Animal Medical Center, veterinarians heard about the vaccine and asked to try it in dogs


Dogs, like humans, can naturally get many forms of cancer, including melanoma. In dogs, the melanoma is not usually related to sun exposure, but it can be very difficult to treat, and it's often fatal.

Vet Philip Bergman remembers the first time he tried the vaccine in a dog.

"That was a dog that thankfully underwent complete disappearance of his tumor," says Bergman. "It was remarkable, obviously, to us."

Since then, more than 100 dogs have been treated, including Lawana Hart's Lucky, who last June appeared to have only a few months to live.

"He's great!" Hart says about Lucky these days. "He's got lots of energy, runs around the house, plays with his ball, loves to go out."

The vaccine works so well that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is about to license it as a treatment for melanoma in dogs.

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peace
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posted October 31, 2006 10:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for peace     Edit/Delete Message
I'll bark to that!

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