Friday, June 20, 2014

Veterinary Highlights: Bone Marrow Transplant Treatment For Dogs With Lymphoma?

Lymphoma is traditionally treated with chemotherapy. However, new innovative treatments are being tested on ongoing basis.

Bone marrow transplants are a common treatment for humans with lymphoma, leukemia and myeloma.

Pioneered by Bellingham veterinarians a decade ago, the procedure is reported to have 50% cure rate in treated dogs.

Canine bone marrow transplantation is the replacement of damaged bone marrow with normal stem cells. It allows veterinary oncologists to treat blood cell cancers such as lymphoma and leukemia with the most aggressive treatments possible, such as total body irradiation or high dose chemotherapy.

The goal of bone marrow transplantation as an adjunct to chemotherapy or radiation is cure, as opposed to remission.

What is confusing me is that this seems to be an "old news" that has suddenly popped up. I'll keep an eye on what is going on with this treatment option.

Source article:
Canine cure: Bellingham veterinarians pioneer bone-marrow treatment for dogs

Further reading:
Bone Marrow Transplant
Lymphoma in dogs and the bone marrow transplant 'cure'
Stem Cell Transplants: Dog Cancer Cures?

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