When Albert and Rebecca Gibson, of Orlando, Fla., found out that their beloved terrier mix, Potter, had lymphoma, they didn’t hesitate to seek out a cure. Their search led them to NC State, as the Orlando Sentinel reports.
Since 2008, NC State’s College of Veterinary Medicine has offered canine clinical bone marrow transplants, to fight against lymphoma, the most recurrent form of cancer in dogs. The vet school was the first in the nation to offer such a procedure.
Bone-marrow transplants haven’t been easily available for pets because the machines for the procedure are expensive and there isn’t conclusive evidence on the success rate of the transplants. Still, as the Sentinel writes, “Hope is more powerful than statistics, though, and NC State is booked solid for the next few months by dog owners.”
In an NC State magazine article last winter, we wrote about how the vet school is giving devoted pet owners like the Gibsons a second chance with their pets:
A minority of pet owners wants the best of everything for their pets, including medical care. Increasingly they can get it. At NC State’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital, the list of services available includes MRIs, CT scans, chemotherapy, radiation, cataract surgery, cardiac catheterizations, knee and hip replacements, and consultations with behaviorists and nutritionists.
You can check out a video about the bone marrow transplant program here:
For more information, check out the Veterinary Teaching Hospital’s website on canine bone marrow transplants.