Lobo, a 10-year-old Belgian Malinois, was referred to WVRC’s oncology service for further evaluation of his recently diagnosed mutlicentric lymphoma. His owners had noticed that he was lethargic and had swelling under his jaw along with numerous enlarged lymph nodes. His family veterinarian ran tests that indicated Lobo had lymphoma. He was started on prednisone, which initially shrunk his lymph nodes but it stopped working.
Once at WVRC, Lobo’s exam with Dr. Custead confirmed his diagnosis, as well as found a subcutaneous mass on the left side of his chest, and discovered that the lymphoma had spread to his liver and spleen. But thankfully there was no evidence of cancer within his intestines.
Lymphoma is one of the most common cancers in dogs. It originates from a mutation and proliferation of a type of white blood cell called a lymphocyte. By the time of diagnosis, this cancer typically affects multiple different lymph nodes and organs at once.
Lobo was started on a customized chemotherapy protocol, which he tolerated well and he has now completed his protocol and has Kicked Cancer’s Tail! Great job Lobo!!