Stem Cells Now Curing Dogs of Leukemia
Posted 10 February, 2009 in Dogs, Leukemia |
Stem Cells curing dogs of Leukemia, an often deadly cancer? Using chemotherapy and stem cells taken from the dog’s bone marrow? Yes, it is true. While this blog has well documented stem cell therapy helping dogs with arthritis, torn muscles, hip dysplasia and joint problems among other conditions, this is the first I have heard of this stem cell treatment for Leukemia.
I did not know that dogs could be treated for Leukemia with a bone marrow transplant– the same way humans are. Maverick the dog, owned by Howie and Marna Altman, was cured of his Leukemia after undergoing a life saving bone marrow transplant with his own Adult Stem Cells. How does it work? From the article::
Stem cells were taken from Maverick’s blood and then returned to him after full-body radiation to kill the cancer cells in his bone marrow. He spent two weeks in isolation to allow time for the cells to regenerate. Aside from some follow up blood tests, doctors expect him to be back to normal.
“Maverick has done fantastic,” said Dr. Steven Suter, a veterinary oncologist at N.C. State’s College of Veterinary Medicine. “He was hardly sick at all from the radiation. He looks fantastic, he’s doing fantastic, so it’s a great day.”
It is perhaps fitting that this is happening at North Carolina State (the only place in the US that is treating dogs with bone marrow transplants), which brings back memories of Jimmy Valvano, the basketball coach who led NC State to that miraculous basketball championship in 1983 and unfortunately lost his battle with cancer.
Who can forget Jimmy running around the court looking for somebody to hug after winning that game at the buzzer? And later on, how can you forget a dying Jimmy V’s speech of “Don’t give up, Don’t EVER Give Up“??? What a wonderful and courageous man- I miss you Jimmy V. You inspired us all.
-by Don Margolis