- Category: Health & Safety
- Published: Sunday, 01 January 2017 11:02
New treatment now available.
By Brenda Phillips, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology).
Veterinary Specialty Hospital.
In January, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, gave conditional approval for the first new animal drug to treat canine lymphoma. Also called lymphosarcoma, lymphoma is a type of cancer in dogs. Lymphoma can affect virtually any organ in the body, but it most commonly starts in organs that function as part of the immune system, such as the lymph nodes, spleen and bone marrow. The signs of lymphoma in dogs vary depending on which organs are affected. Some common signs are lumps under the neck, in front of the shoulders, in the groin region or behind the knees, lethargy, lack of appetite or weight loss. Importantly, many dogs diagnosed with lymphoma do not have immediate signs of illness. Tests to diagnose lymphoma often include aspirates of the abnormal lymph nodes that are submitted to a cytology pathologist, as well as a complete blood count, chest x-rays and abdominal ultrasound.