Features October 2010 Issue

Bone Marrow Transplants Offer a Promising Treatment for Canine Lymphoma

Dr. Steven Suter performs a stem cell harvesting procedure on “Maverick the Weim,” the first dog with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) to undergo a bone marrow transplant. Maverick lived just three months after the procedure, but his case helped advance treatment strategies. His owners donated $10,000 and are fundraising to help buy a new leukapheresis machine at NCSU. See mavericktheweim.com for more information.

Bone Marrow Transplants Offer a Promising Treatment for Canine Lymphoma

New therapy hopes to offer a cure rate of 50 percent or more.

Exciting news regarding bone marrow transplants for dogs with lymphoma has recently emerged. North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in Raleigh is the first university in the world to open a canine clinical bone marrow transplant (BMT) unit. Dr. Steven Suter, assistant professor of veterinary oncology at NCSU, is about to perform his 30th transplant, all done over the past two years. Lymphoma, also called lymphosarcoma, is one of the most common cancers to occur in dogs. While it used to be considered a disease of middle-aged and older dogs, those demographics have changed in the past 5 to 10 years, with more and more young dogs being diagnosed. Golden Retrievers have a particularly high risk for this type of cancer.

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