The most common form of canine lymphoma is called multicentric lymphosarcoma because it arises at multiple sites at the same time - the peripheral lymph nodes, liver and spleen. It is seen in middle aged dogs of all breeds. Typically the dog presents to us because of mild lethargy and not acting his/her usual self with symmetrically enlarged lumps (submandibular lymph nodes) near the angle of the jaw.
Often bloodworm is normal. Diagnosis requires taking an aspirate (small tissue sample) from the lump(s) and performing in-house cytology, so we can give you an answer promptly. If positive for lymphoma, further testing including abdominal ultrasound & x-rays (to check the internal organs) and determination of the exact cell type of lymphoma (B vs T cell) may be performed.
Chemotherapy can be started immediately in most cases. Here at EMRVC we use a 19 week protocol developed at the University of Wisconsin that involves weekly to biweekly outpatient treatments and is gentle on the patient. The goal is to shrink the enlarged lymph nodes, liver and spleen without causing any illness from the chemotherapy drugs and to maintain a good quality of life for the patient.
Most dogs respond well and stay in remission for 6 to 12 months, maybe longer! We can't cure lymphoma (not yet), but we can slow it down and give your dog more precious time with you. The doctors and staff at EMRVC are experienced with chemotherapy and with caring for these special patients! If you have any questions, give us a call at 410-687-1111 to schedule an appointment today. #ERMVC #Canine Lymphoma