What's "normal" during chemo protocol

Discussion in 'Canine Lymphoma' started by Carlotta Cooper, May 13, 2017.

  1. Carlotta Cooper

    Carlotta Cooper New Member

    Joined:
    May 1, 2017
    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    1
    My dog Blue is about six weeks into chemotherapy for his lymphoma. The vet is using a form of the Wisconsin protocol that was given to him by the University of Tennessee. Blue had five weeks of treatments and no treatment this week (just bloodwork). My vet is out of town so I haven't gotten the results of the bloodwork back yet. Blue has been doing great this week but I noticed this morning that the lymph nodes under his jaw are starting to swell again.

    Is this normal after going over a week without the chemo treatment at this stage? Do the lymph nodes usually swell when there is a short break in treatment? He's been doing so great since he started treatment. I've been feeling optimistic that he would go into remission. I felt so awful when I found the nodes slightly swollen this morning. He's still got a great appetite and lots of energy. I'm just worried.

    He's due to get his next treatment Wednesday or Thursday. I just don't want him to get worse before then.
     
    4-year old Bruno likes this.
  2. 4-year old Bruno

    4-year old Bruno New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2017
    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    0
    Hi Carlotta - if your dog was technically in remission, you should call your doctor to let him or her know that the cancer is back. They will most likely want to change protocol since the drug he was on is no longer effective. As my doctor says, there are at least 10 other medications available as options. UW Madison and CHOP are the best, evidence-based protocols we have based on recent studies. With my Bruno, his original treatment plan (he was at Stage IV) was 4 weeks + 4 weeks again of CHOP (weekly chemo). He responded well to all drugs except for Vincristine. I wish you good luck and hope your dog is taking the treatment well.
     

Share This Page