Treatment and Life Expectancy of GI Lymphoma in Dogs (Canine)

June 1, 2011 | Dog Cancer | Leave a Comment |

GI Lymphoma in Dogs

GI or gastrointestinal lymphoma is a malignant cancer. It affects the digestive tract of the dog, causing problems with digestion and absorption of nutrients, minerals, proteins, and other components. It also affects other organs such as the liver as well as the lymph nodes.

GI Lymphoma Symptoms

  • The symptoms of GI lymphoma are similar to those in other ailments. These symptoms include:
    • Diarrhea (with or without blood)
    • Vomiting (with or without blood)
    • Loss of appetite
    • Malnutrition
    • Stomach pain
    • Dull coat
    • Lethargy
    • Pain in the stomach

Canine GI Lymphoma

  • However, these symptoms are often presented only beginning with the second stage of the ailment.
    That is the reason why the ailment is very dangerous.
  • Often, because the symptoms are similar to other ailments, misdiagnosis could easily happen. This can be prevented if the vet will run diagnostic tests to check for cancer.
  • In the later stages, this ailment is very difficult to treat.

Treatment

  • Surgery is the best option if the tumor is localized, within the size range that allows it to be removed, and the disease is still at its early stages.
  • Radiation therapy is also done on localized tumors
  • Chemotherapy is the best course to remove the cancer cells.
    What’s good about this is that the dog will not experience hair loss just like humans do after chemotherapy.

Life Expectancy

  • Prognosis depends on a lot of factors, including:
    • Cancer stage when it was detected
    • Age of the patient
    • General health condition
    • Treatments done
    • About 75% achieve remission after chemotherapy.
    • Untreated dogs only have weeks to live.

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