Superhero dog dies after helping humans

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MINNEAPOLIS -- A canine companion who helped researchers learn more about treating brain cancer in humans has died.

Batman, a shepherd mix, was successfully treated for aggressive brain cancer in 2008 at the University of Minnesota. The procedure helped shed light on treatment of the disease in humans.

Researchers believe Batman died from pneumonia.

Without treatment in 2008, Batman would have likely died from his brain tumor, called a glioma, months earlier. The implications for the treatment of brain cancer in animals and humans could be far-reaching.

Canine brain cancer treatments were part of the Brain Tumor Clinical Trials Program.

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