According to an article in the January issue of Dog Fancy Magazine, dogs with lymphoma are now able to take advantage of a new type of technology that they actually helped develop. Leukophoresis machines, which harvest stem cells that have left patient’s bone marrow and entered the bloodstream, had previously been available only to human cancer patients. With this technology, after total body radiation, the cancer free cells that have been harvested are reintroduced into the body. It is a painless process called peripheral blood stem cell transplantation.
Currently, this process of treating lymphoma is available at Washington State University and North Carolina State University. Given that the typical long-term survival rate of dogs with lymphoma is only 2%, this new treatment using bone marrow transplants is a near miracle, with survial rates of approximately 30% so far.
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