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Therapy pet may save the lives of some of the people she visits

Kelly Pavone and her golden retriever Holly, both of Tampa, have been volunteering at Moffitt Cancer Center for about three years in the pet therapy program. Holly visits with cancer patients and their loved ones in the clinic lobby area. In June, Kelly found a lump on Holly and after a biopsy found out her beloved pet had breast cancer that had spread to her lungs. Holly is receiving an experimental immunotherapy drug and doing well. The drug, being developed by a Tampa company, is set to be used in a clinical trial in humans very soon. So, Holly is doing more for cancer patients than breaking up the boredom of waiting to see their doctors. She's helping test a promising new therapy that may save the lives of some of the people she visits. [Daniel Wallace |]

Source: Tampa Bay Times

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