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Cancer treatments for dogs could save kids

Sidney, a seven-year-old mixed breed, lost her front left leg due to an aggressive bone cancer known as Osteosarcoma (WSYX/WTTE)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- Something that's showing promise fighting cancer in dogs might one day

Help young children with the same disease.

"Sidney," a seven- year-old mixed breed, was rescued by Mary Hayes several years ago, but nothing could save the pup's leg he lost it a few months ago, after a battle with a fast growing, very aggressive bone cancer.

It was Osteosarcoma.

But promising work now being done by researchers at the Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center could one day bring hope to human cancer patients.

"We know the cancer in dogs and kids share similar biology and genetics," said Dr. Cheryl London, the director of clinical trials office at OSU.

"One of the things we can do is try new therapies in dogs that may have promise and determine really quickly whether they have any value or any potential therapeutic benefit."

Mary Hayes, who says Sidney has responded well to his chemo treatments, is optimistic.

"Any kind of research they can find to cure any of these devastating diseases, especially when it impacts children, I think is very beneficial. So, at least he did his part regardless of what happens, but I'm thinking positive."

OSU has many clinical trials going on right now. In some cases, part or all of the costs associated with the diagnosis and treatment are covered.

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