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New Cancer treatment saves dog's life

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This happened in Minnesota, but I thought it was important to share as much as possible!

The University of MN has made significant strides in finding a cure for cancer in dogs, lead by the team of Dr. Elizabeth Pluhar and the late Dr. John Ohlfest. The team uses a vaccine that causes a patient's own immune system to attack the cancer. Last year a dog owner from MS asked for her help. His 8 year old dog Booster had a tumor that

"literally ate thru his skull cap, like a water balloon bursting thru a saltine cracker, when he would open his mouth he would scream in pain and literally hit the wall, it was frightening."

Booster was diagnosed with skin cancer and given 3 weeks to live. His owner, Davis Hawn, found a team in FL to remove the tumor and provide chemo. Hawn contacted Dr. Pluhar. She had never made a vaccine for skin cancer before but agreed to try it. She shipped it off.

Ten months later, Booster is cancer free. No one knows how long the cancer will stay away, but Booster has been given a new leash on life!

Here's the web page for Dr. Pluhar! http://www.cvm.umn.edu/vcs/sections/Surgery/elizabethpluhar/home.html. Please contact her with any questions.

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