10yo Lab, Daisy’s owner originally noticed a small bump on her leg. It turned out to be a Mast Cell Tumor. Daisy had the tumor completely removed with one of our surgeons and she followed up with a course of chemotherapy treatments. Mast Cell Tumors (MCT’s)’s tend to be found on animals trunks. The limbs account for generally 1/4 the of the sites of these lesions. Daisy is currently cancer free!
7yo, Boxer Mix. Doobie had a different form of lymphoma originating in the skin called cutaneous lymphoma. Rarely would surgery and/or radiation therapy be utilized for lymphoma, but in certain cases these modalities are recommended with concurrent chemotherapy. Doobie had surgery and finished his chemotherapy Just after Christmas.
10yo, NM, Golden Retriever. Eddie’s owner is a referring veterinarian in Mt. Pleasant and in addition to the chemotherapy protocol, Eddie was treated with a monoclonal antibody called Blontress. Monoclonal antibodies are designed by researchers and they are formulated to specifically target a certain antigen, such as one found on cancer cells. Eddie did great throughout his chemotherapy and is enjoying life in remission!
9yo Pit Bull. Lyla’s owners noticed a small mass on her neck, which we diagnosed a thyroid tumor. After surgery to remove the tumor followed by chemotherapy, Lyla is doing well and happier than ever!
5yo Pomerian. Matilda was diagnosed with a rare cancer called “Extraskeletal Myxoid Chondros
8yo Dalmation. Mia is a beautiful show dog that developed a mammary tumor. Mammary tumors are by far the most common tumors in intact female dogs. In fact, 25% of all female intact dogs develop malignant mammary cancer. Mia had a mastectomy to remove the mass and surrounding tissue, followed by a course of chemotherapy. She is currently in complete remission, and just made her debut in the show ring once again where she was crowned as the champion!
10yo, Shih–tzu. Muggins’ owners noticed blood coming from his mouth, and brought him to their regular vet. The veterinarian found a large tumor in his mouth, which was later diagnosed as Squamous Cell Carcinoma. The only way to remove the tumor in its entirety was to also remove the half of Muggin’s lower jaw. We worked closely with one of the surgeons here at VSC and after he healed from surgery, Muggins flew through a course of chemotherapy. He is doing great and looks just as cute without his jaw!
Canine Lymphoma is one of the most common types of cancer in dogs. The “CHOP-L/Madison-Wisconsin” chemotherapy protocol is the “Gold Standard” of B-Cell Lymphoma Treatments; it consists of a combination of multiple chemotherapeutic agents administered in cycles weekly for 6 months. “Annie” Novak, “Bentley” Freebern, “Holly” Baker, “Jack” Yarborough, “Jade” Harrington (who has been in remission for over 4 and a half years!), “Lollie” Feinberg, “Tahoe Dantzler, “Teddy” Dulmage, and “Dewitt” Wright all celebrated their Chemo Graduations in style!
12yo Calico. Cats can get cancer too! Fortunately, most cats with lymphoma respond well to chemotherapy and go into a state of remission. About 25% of cats that we treat with chemotherapy for lymphoma will do extremely well and go on to live over 2 years. Lucy is almost 1 year cancer free!
13yo Springer Spaniel. Dixie had a right adrenal gland mass removed. The pathology report has confirmed a tumor called pheochromocytoma. Dixie was treated with an oral chemotherapy pill that her owners gave at home, and is living a happy life!
13yo, Golden Retriever. Carlie presented to our surgical service for a hemoabdomen (blood filled abdominal cavity) due to a bleeding tumor. She was diagnosed with hemangiosarcoma. It is an aggressive cancer that spreads rapidly through the blood stream, we recommend chemotherapy to help delay this spread. Carlie received inter-venous chemotherapy for 3 months and is now on an oral regime of chemo at home. She is currently doing GREAT!
Rusty (10 yo, Springer Spaniel) presented to our internal medicine service for an ultrasound. The internist found two very small nodules on his spleen. We monitored the nodules closely; and at his recheck ultrasound, the nodules had grown in size. Rusty had the spleen removed here at VSC and the biopsy report came back that Rusty had a leiomyosarcoma. Leiomyosarcoma is a type of soft tissue sarcoma. Soft tissue sarcomas can develop in muscle, fat, blood vessels, or any of the other tissues that support, surround and protect the organs of the body. Leiomyosarcoma is one of the more common types of soft tissue sarcoma. Rusty finished up a course of chemotherapy and celebrated his graduation in style with custom “Rusty” cupcakes made by mom!
Jack presented to the Internal Medicine service for further examination
of an abdominal mass. He had an ultrasound which revealed mass in his
bowel. Jack’s next stop was to our surgical department where he had the
mass resected and biopsied. The biopsy came back as gastrointestinal
lymphoma. So, Jack headed over to the Oncology team for 6 months of
chemotherapy. He just celebrated his chemo graduation with his family
and our Internal Medicine crew. Way to go Jack from the entire staff at
Veterinary Specialty Care!!
Emmy Friesinger is a 13 year old Lab who was diagnosed with hemangiosarcoma of her spleen in 2012. Hemangiosarcoma is an aggressive cancer that usually carries a prognosis of 6-9 months even after being treated with chemotherapy. Emmy went through a course of injectable chemotherapy followed by additional oral maintenance chemotherapy. She is quite that fighter and has beaten all odds; we are happy to report that 4 1/2 years later, Emmy still enjoying a wonderful life! WAY TO GO EMMY!!!