National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day

Lymphoma is a cancer of the white blood cells. When it comes to discovering this disease, typically, pet owners will feel lymph nodes under the chin, and that’s the first sign of disease. Sometimes, our patients come in for other signs, such as drinking more or lethargy. Fortunately, this disease carries a good prognosis with 80-90 percent responding to treatment and going into remission with a good quality of life for a year. This disease is treated with chemotherapy.

I really try hard to not let my patients get sick, and most patients do not have any significant signs through treatment. In fact, I had one patient continue to compete in dog agility while on chemotherapy! So if your dog is diagnosed with lymphoma, I urge you to talk to your family veterinarian about treatment and referral to a Veterinary Oncologist for treatment.

Here is the story behind getting November 7th officially named Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day.

Jennifer Kim, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)Jennifer Kim, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)
Dr. Kim grew up in New York and received her BA from the University of Pennsylvania. After two years at the National Cancer Institute performing cancer genetic research, she attended veterinary school at Tufts University. Dr. Kim completed a rotating internship at the Animal Medical Center in Manhattan, New York, and an oncology internship at Cornell University. She began at NorthStar VETS as an emergency clinician in 2005 and returned in 2010 to treat oncology patients after completing her residency in medical oncology at Michigan State University School of Veterinary Medicine. In her free time, Dr. Kim is an avid foodie and knitter.

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