Dog Lymphoma Treatment: Chemotherapy
The primary canine lymphoma treatment is chemotherapy.
A combination of drugs (multi-agent chemotherapy) or a single drug (single agent chemotherapy) may be used.
- more effective than single agent chemotherapy in increasing quality of life and survival time
- more toxic due to the number of drugs used
Single agent chemotherapy:
- less toxic
There are numerous multi-agent and single agent chemotherapy protocols that vary in toxicity, cost and efficacy. A veterinary oncologist can recommend a protocol that is suitable for your dog.
While most dogs treated with chemotherapy experience remission, they will eventually have relapses. Repeated chemotherapy is necessary to induce further remission.
Dog Lymphoma Treatment: Prednisone
Prednisone is an oral corticosteroid used to relieve symptoms of lymphoma in dogs and make them feel more comfortable. It does not extend a dog’s life. It is less costly than multi-agent chemotherapy but not as effective.
For pet owners who can’t afford chemotherapy, prednisone is an alternative canine lymphoma treatment option.
Prognosis for lymphoma in dogs
Prognosis depends on the stage and type of dog lymphoma tumor.
Untreated dogs have an average lifespan of 4-6 weeks.
Dogs treated with:
– prednisone usually live for 1-3 months.
– chemotherapy 6-12 months.