Where are we with the current state of canine lymphoma treatment? At a recent CVC, Sue Ettinger, DVM, DACVIM (oncology), offered veterinarians some answers to that question.
First, Dr. Ettinger discussed longevity associated with lymphoma treatment as indicated by clinical remission. Often, she says, owners are afraid to initiate cancer treatment because they don’t want to “poison” their dogs. She reiterates to these clients that dogs don’t get sick from chemotherapy—they get sick from lymphoma. While 80% of dogs do have side effects from treatment, treated dogs live significantly longer than dogs without treatment. Lymphoma treatment improves an animal’s survival time and quality of life.
Let’s review the basics
As a refresher, here are a few facts about lymphoma:
> 10% to 25% of tumors in dogs are lymphoma.
> 80% of lymphoma cases in dogs are the multicentric form.
> Most dogs with lymphoma (60-80%) are asymptomatic.