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Re: [MOL] From 20/20 TV Show - from Chris



Thanks!! For sharing this article it's really amazing, I'm going to contact this dr.
about my husbands cancer.....Beav

CCR417@aol.com wrote:

> Here's a fascinating article from 20/20 last week.  It's about bone cancer
> and a fantastic new treatment.  What it doesn't mention is that someone on
> the show announced that "...bone cancer is 85% curable and there is now 85%
> possibility of saving the affected limb..."
>
> Curing Man and His Best Friend
> http://abcnews.go.com/onair/2020/2020_000908_vetoncology_feature.html
>
> Vet and Doc Collaborate, Improve Bone Cancer Treatment
>
> Russell Hawkins, diagnosed with bone cancer in his shoulder blade, underwent
> treatment studied extensively in dogs. (ABCNEWS.com)
>     Sept. 8 — Ross Wilkins and Stephen Withrow are doctors working together
> in the fight against bone cancer.
>      But their collaboration does not happen in the same hospital or research
> center — they can’t meet on the job because they work on different species.
> Still, their unusual partnership has led them to become leaders not only in
> helping their patients survive bone cancer with chemotherapy, but in
> preserving limbs that almost certainly would have been amputated in the past.
>      Wilkins, an orthopedic surgeon, practices at a state-of-the-art human
> care facility, the Institute for Limb Preservation at St. Luke’s Presbyterian
> Hospital in Denver. Withrow, a veterinarian specializing in treating cancer
> in animals, practices 70 miles north of Denver in the world’s largest
> veterinary cancer center at Colorado State University. Wilkins began to tap
> into Withrow’s knowledge of animal treatment for a very good reason: bone
> cancer occurs in large dogs 10 times more frequently than it does in humans.
>
> Pioneering Techniques
> Withrow helped pioneer a technique that makes bone grafts — a surgery in
> which a cadaver bone is transplanted into the affected area — more effective
> by using surgical cement to fill and strengthen the bone before it’s
> transplanted. Antibiotics are added as well to fight potential infections.
> Wilkins remembers when they discussed such a procedure over pizzas.
>      “If you think about a bone, it’s a hollow tube. We felt that if we
> could fill that tube with something that’s hard and strong, you could put
> antibiotics in. That would protect the graft from infection,” he says. “We
> sort of started doing this in animals, and we started doing it in humans.”
>      Withrow performed state-of-the-art surgery on Dakota, a black Labrador,
> to try to avoid amputation of his front leg. A day later, Dakota was out on
> the lawn, retrieving a ball. (ABCNEWS.com)
>        Another technique developed for dogs by Withrow, with help from the
> National Cancer Institute, involves the use of sponges. Biodegradable sponges
> are soaked with chemotherapy agents designed to kill any remaining cancer
> cells. “There’s no vomiting. There’s no hair loss. There’s none of the
> common side-effects of chemo,” Withrow says.
>      Chemotherapy is what saves a patient’s life — and Withrow’s dogs have
> helped teach many lessons on how it can be used effectively. Surgical care is
> what saves limbs — and through the testing of bone cement, antibiotics and
> ways to help the bone graft heal faster, the veterinary center has also made
> a contribution to human care in reducing complications.
>      There’s a lot of brainstorming left to do. But Wilkins and Withrow say
> they will continue to communicate with each other once a week in their
> ongoing collaboration.
>
>  Bone Cancer Treatment Resources
>        If you’re looking for information on bone cancer treatments for
> humans, please contact:
>      Dr. Ross Wilkins
>      Institute for Limb Preservation
>      1721 E. 19th Ave., Suite 102
>      Denver, Colo. 80218
>      1-800-262-5462
>      www.limbpres.com/index.html
>
>        If you’re looking for information on bone cancer treatments for
> animals, please contact:
>      Dr. Stephen Withrow
>      Colorado State University
>      Animal Cancer Center
>      300 West Drake Road
>      Fort Collins, Colo. 80523
>      1-877-427-8838
>      www.cancercure.colostate.edu/
>
>
>
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