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Old 02-18-2009, 12:19 PM
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This was no ordinary CAT scan.

But Lionel Adams believes it saved his life.

Now recovering from surgery to remove cancer from his lung, Adams, 59, is crediting his eight-year-old feline friend Tiger for alerting him and his family doctor to a mass in his lung.

"He would climb into bed and take his paw and drag it down my left side -- he was adamant there was something there," he said.

"And it was right where the cancer was."

Adams, who has suffered from bronchitis, asthma and emphysema, had showed no symptoms of lung cancer before his kitty's bizarre examination.


But about seven months ago, after mentioning the cat's strange behaviour to his family doctor, he was referred to a specialist who caught the disease at stage one in his left lung.

"They did an X-ray, they spotted something on the left side," he said.

To get rid of the cancer, doctors removed a piece of his lung about the size of a pop can that had been shredded in half.

And now Adams is heralding Tiger as a hero for potentially saving his life.

"I think if he hadn't done the pawing part it could have gone on for another five, six months undetected," he said.

"I feel like it could have been a lot worse if the cat hadn't had tuned in to something there, to something he felt was wrong.

"I would say he's my hero."

Barbara Walmer, department head of behaviour at the Calgary Humane Society, said though studies reveal dogs are capable of sniffing out cancer and predicting types of seizures in their owners, other pets such as cats have been reported to act in similar ways.

"I have heard of it for sure in dogs," she said.

"I think we see more predicting in dogs, but for sure many pet owners have reported pets can have a sixth sense when knowing when something is wrong."

She said cats have a good sense of smell and can be tuned in to illnesses in humans because they are sensitive to subtle changes in their body language.

"If they spend a lot of time with you they learn a whole lot about you, your body language," she said.

"When things change because of illness they pick up on it, so whether it's they know if it is cancer or something is changed, we don't know."

Either way, Tiger should be credited for potentially saving his owner's life, Walmer said.

"Especially with the way it started and how it ended up unfolding ... they really would have not found out if the cat didn't act," she said.

"The cat definitely had a role to play in that."

Doctors at Calgary's Tom Baker and Edmonton's Cross Cancer centres could not be reached for comment.

And that's saying a lot for a cat that has never been one for showing affection.

"He's never had that much to do with me except to come over for a pet," Adams said, with a laugh.
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If cats and dogs started pawing at their owners' wallets, we wouldn't be in this credit mess...
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UPDATE:

Adding Chemo to Cancer Immunotherapy...

Roche Win Boosts Case for Adding Chemo to Cancer Immunotherapy
November 20, 2017 — Cancer doctors struggling to work out the best way to use modern immunotherapy drugs now have further evidence of the benefits of adding them to chemotherapy, despite earlier skepticism.
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News that Roche's immune system-boosting drug Tecentriq delayed lung cancer progression when given alongside chemo and its older drug Avastin validates the approach for the first time in a large Phase III clinical trial. It is a significant milestone for physicians, patients and investors, who are trying to assess the competitive landscape as drugmakers race to develop better ways to fight tumors in previously untreated lung cancer. Lung cancer is by far the biggest oncology market and first-line treatment provides access to the most patients, opening up potential annual sales forecast by some analysts at $20 billion. Roche and Merck & Co have led the way in pioneering so-called "chemo-combo" treatment, while AstraZeneca and Bristol-Myers are betting primarily on mixing two immunotherapies. AstraZeneca notably failed to show a similar
benefit in a high-profile clinical trial in July.

Stefan Zimmermann, an oncologist at Lausanne University Hospital in Switzerland, said the Roche data would help scotch concerns that chemo might hamper the new class of immuno-oncology medicines. "Many experts in the field will be relieved because there has been uncertainty ... I think this will really encourage many of us to use this combination upfront," he told Reuters. "For now, the only positive data that we have is for chemo combination." Merck, in fact, already has U.S. approval to add chemo to its immunotherapy drug Keytruda - but this was based on a small trial and the company withdrew a similar European application last month, knocking confidence in its strategy.


Swiss drugmaker Roche's logo is seen at their headquarters in Basel, Switzerland.

Since Keytruda, Bristol's Opdivo, Roche's Tecentriq and AstraZeneca's Imfinzi are all rival inhibitors of biological switches known as PD-1 or PD-L1, the market is "largely a zero-sum game," according to Bernstein analyst Tim Anderson. "Roche's good fortune means there is less to go around for other companies," he said. In the case of Merck, the U.S. drugmaker now faces a rival with a different and perhaps superior drug combination. Roche believes adding Avastin in addition to chemo can further help restore anti-cancer immunity. For AstraZeneca and Bristol, the bar has just been raised for two other key clinical trials sponsored by the drugmakers that are expected to report results in 2018.

Roche itself will present full results on the ability of its new combination to delay the worsening of lung cancer at a European Society for Medical Oncology meeting in Geneva on December 7. Data on whether it also helps patients live longer is expected in the first half of next year. Overall survival is the gold standard in cancer care but proving a treatment extends the time before disease progresses is an important marker on the way. "If there is positive progression-free survival then I think it is very, very likely this will also translate into an overall survival benefit over time," said Zimmermann.

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UPDATE:

Adding Chemo to Cancer Immunotherapy...

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Which has nothing to do with the original 8 year old thread.
I'm glad someone else noticed this. I don't understand why that update was added to an old thread from years ago, but that's par for the course for waltky.
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