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Squamous cell carcinoma

A Better Mousetrap

Monday, March 11th, 2013

Can cats help advance cancer treatment where mice have failed? The traditional means of testing a potential treatment for cancer is to get a lab full of mice and conduct controlled experiments that attempt to prevent tumor growth. In the late 1990s, such studies produced a new medication that choked off the blood flow to malignant cells. It was hailed as a wonder drug. “There was literally a headline in the New York Times saying scientists would cure cancer within two years,” says Elizabeth McNiel, a veterinary oncologist at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. “It was huge.”