Bone Marrow Transplant Cure for Canine Lymphoma?

According to an article at K9 Magazine, bone marrow transplants are offering a potential life saving intervention in the treatment of canine lymphoma.

Doctors at North Carolina State University’s (NCSU) Veterinary Teaching Hospital are now using bone marrow transplants (BMT) to treat canine patients with lymphoma – a new application of an existing technology responsible for saving the lives of thousands of humans each year. 

It was the impressive success rate of NCSU’s Bone Marrow Transplant Unit that convinced Kristie and Johnny Sullens that a BMT was the best chance of saving their dog Angel’s life.  After all, she was a vibrant, 5 year old Carolina Yellow Dog with years of life left to live, and an adoring brother named Romeo that couldn’t stand to be apart from her for even a minute.

From the moment she showed up on their doorstep as a stray puppy, Angel had been their child in every sense, and it was unbearable to imagine their family without her. How could they not do everything possible to attempt a real cure for her cancer?  The vet’s prognosis was that with chemotherapy alone, she would only live another 6-12 months — including six months of treatment.  It just wasn’t enough time. And so, Kristie and Johnny quickly decided that no matter what it took, Angel would be the 15th dog at NCSU to receive a bone marrow transplant.

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