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Lymphoma (lymph node tumor) in dogs

Lymphoma (lymph node tumor) in dogs

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Lymphoma is a fairly common type of tumor in dogs, but it is mostly treatable. Most types of lymphoma respond well to a combination of conventional treatment – such as chemotherapy – and some type of immunomodulatory (immune-boosting) therapy, such as K9 INU® .

In the case of otherwise healthy dogs, lymphoma has the highest chance of recovery from cancer. 50% of dogs with lymphoma can be cured.

What is lymphoma (lymph node cancer)

Dog lymphoma

The lymphatic system is the ‘other’ circulatory system of the body. It is made up of a network of lymphatic vessels and channels, lymph nodes and lymph organs that run throughout the body. Its main function is to provide circulation of lymph, which contains a type of white blood cell called lymphocytes that destroy invading micro-organisms and foreign bodies.

Organs of the lymphatic system filter out invaders from the lymph and prevent them from spreading. The lymphatic system, or lymphocytes, is actually the body’s primary defence against infection.

In healthy dogs, these cells (lymphocytes) are formed in the bone marrow, go through a life cycle of approximately 30 days, then die and are either absorbed or eliminated with the waste products.

In lymphoma, the lymphocytes start to behave like cancer cells, not dying sufficiently or growing and dividing uncontrollably.

The abnormal lymphocytes collect in the lymph nodes, where they form a swelling. Because lymphocytes are present throughout the body, abnormal tissue growth – lymphoma – can occur in other parts of the body as well as in lymph nodes. The most common sites are the spleen and bone marrow, but lymphoma can also develop in the stomach, liver or, less commonly, the brain. The disease often attacks different parts of the body at the same time.

Symptoms of dog lymphoma (lymph node tumour)

A limfóma tünetei összefüggnek a daganat(ok) testen belüli helyével. In general, it is characterized by a high white blood cell count, swollen lymph nodes and depression, but depending on the location of the tumor, there may be loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, or shortness of breath, muffled heart sounds, possibly itchy red bumps and boils on the skin or in the mouth.

Dog lymphoma is usually treated with a special chemotherapy called the Madison Wisconsin Protocol.

Lymphoma is a serious and unfortunately quite common disease in dogs. Some breeds are more prone to it than others. The golden retriever, for example, is particularly prone to this type of dog cancer.

Cancer is usually an immune system dysfunction!

Lymphoma and immunomodulatory therapy


Lymphosarcoma (lymphoma) develops when the immune system fails to identify the altered lymphocytes as invaders and allows them to multiply uncontrollably.

Traditional Asian medicine and, in recent years, modern medicine also use special, natural compounds in cancer treatment, the task of which is to try to correct the improper functioning of the immune system.

The immunomodulating ingredients stimulate the immune system to recognize the degenerated cells and give an appropriate immune response. As a result of the recognition, the body “relearns” how to respond to abnormally developing cells, destroys them and leaves healthy scar tissue in their place. This is called immunomodulatory therapy.

Immunomodulatory agents are not the same as conventional anti-tumour drugs such as chemotherapy!

Chemotherapeutic agents are toxic and their job is to destroy cancer cells. They are very useful in the fight against cancer because they significantly reduce the number of degenerated cells in the body, but they do not address the root cause of why the body has allowed them to proliferate.

In contrast, immunomodulatory agents are non-toxic, their main active ingredients being naturally occurring compounds (in our food) called heteropolysaccharides, which are needed by all mammals for proper immune function.

For some reasons, cancerous organisms need higher amounts of these compounds in order for their immune systems to recognise and destroy the cancer cells again.

Treatment of lymphoma in dogs

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The treatment of lymphoma in dogs is chemotherapy. As this type of tumour is most likely to attack otherwise healthy young and middle-aged dogs, they are usually better able to tolerate aggressive chemotherapy. Of course, the outcome of the treatment depends largely on, among other things, the size of the tumour area, the extent of any metastasis and the major organs involved.Usually, the affected lymph node is surgically removed, but the effectiveness of this in itself is debatable. Surgery is usually followed by some form of chemotherapy to kill any remaining tumour cells. Surgery and chemotherapy are effective in removing most of the tumour, but this is only half of the healing process. These interventions do not cure the cancer, they do not correct the immune system dysfunction that allowed the tumour cells to develop.

When surgery and chemotherapy are used to remove the bulk of the tumour cells that are causing significant damage to the body, along with immunomodulatory therapy (K9 INU® and K9 InuFactor®) to trigger the body’s own defence line, the immune system, into action, the chances of the dog beating lymphoma and living a normal life are excellent.

Strengthening the immune system

is essential in cancer LymphomaOsteosarcomaMastocytomaHemangiosarcoma in dogsdog mammary tumours, etc.) or any other disease resulting from an immune disorder! Until the body reacts to the disease on its own, there is no real cure, only symptomatic treatment.

Therefore, many veterinarians say, rightly so, that the dog’s life can only be extended, but the tumor is still there.

This type of cancer (lymph node tumour) responds very well to the combination of chemotherapy and immunomodulatory therapy!

How well a dog responds to immunomodulatory therapy is difficult to generalise.  The success of the treatment depends on a number of factors, such as the age of the dog, diet, medical history, location and extent of the tumour and which organs are affected.

In general, the earlier a diagnosis is made, the better the chances. Lymphoma usually occurs in younger dogs. If detected in time, immunomodulating agents, in addition to conventional treatments, provide the best chance for recovery and prevention of recurrence.

A proper diet is essential!

Cancer is one of the most common causes of death in dogs. Many experts believe that the main reason for this is an improper diet. We usually feed our pets foods based on cereals, even though dogs do not naturally graze on wheat fields. Dogs do not have the enzymes to digest and utilise grain. They are basically carnivores!

When a carnivorous animal eats a grain-based diet, its body does not get (or cannot process and utilise) the nutrients it needs, there is a high risk of immune disorders, including cancer.

If inappropriate diet is indeed one of the main causes of cancer, then it is clear that a good diet is essential for dogs with cancer. In fact, proper diet is one of the most important factors in successful cancer treatment! To really give our dogs everything they need to fight cancer, we need to provide them with the right nutrients. Just because a dog food is expensive, highly recommended or has a trendy name, doesn’t mean it’s the best for a dog with cancer. For more information, read our article FEEDING A DOG WITH CANCER .

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