When an owner hears their dog has been diagnosed with lymphoma, they can feel overwhelmed. The news is heartbreaking and the list of treatment options seems endless. Although there is no known cure for canine lymphoma, there are many different treatments that work to slow the progression of the cancer.
Chemotherapy is a common treatment for many types of cancer, including lymphoma. This treatment uses one or more drugs, depending on the protocol, to kill cancer cells in the dog’s body. Doses are administered in different time spans, depending on the drug being used and the dosage a dog can handle. Chemotherapy can take a toll on a dog’s body while killing the cells. These side effects include decreased activity, loss of appetite, vomiting, and a higher risk for infection.
Radiation therapy kills cancer cells by using measured doses of radiation. This treatment targets a specific region of the body and is often used for more localized types of cancer. Lymphoma is considered a systematic cancer, meaning it affects parts of the whole body. If radiation is used as a treatment, it is often one part of a larger protocol for treating lymphoma.
Rather than attacking the cancer cells, like chemotherapy or radiation therapy, holistic treatment works to boost the body’s immune system. Holistic treatment focuses on diet, exercise, healthy environment, and supplements to strengthen the body to fight the cancer itself without the use of harmful drugs.
Bone Marrow Transplant Therapy
Bone marrow transplants are extremely high risk, but when they are successful, they have a possibility of curing canine lymphoma. Finding a bone marrow donor match is very difficult for dogs, compared to humans who can sometimes match with family. This treatment is offered at a limited number of locations across the country.
Targeted Therapy: Laverdia-CA1TM(verdinexor)
Laverdia-CA1 is a new conditionally approved drug for treating lymphoma in dogs. LAVERDIA-CA1 works by specifically targeting activity against cancer cells while sparing healthy cells. The oral administration of Laverdia-CA1 enables dogs to receive treatment from the comfort of home, rather than having to receive injectable treatments at the veterinary hospital. The most common adverse reactions include: anorexia, vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss and lethargy.
Each lymphoma treatment has varying procedures, availability, side effects, and costs. It is important to meet with your veterinary oncologist to further discuss the details of each and to decide which treatment is best for your family.