Last Wednesday we took Izzy in to meet with an oncologist. While we’ve decided not to move forward with chemo, we did get him a one time injection of L-asparaginase. It’s not really considered chemo but works to fight and kill the cancer cells. We also started Lymphoma Gold last Friday. Between these two treatments, Izzy is doing great! Eating up a storm and playing with his sister Olive. Today he was the most back to normal he’s been since it all came down. Because the vet had initially given him a cortisone injection at his first visit when he started to act sick, we have to wait on starting Prednisone for a few weeks, until it gets out of his system. I will inquire about Lymphoma Gold being OK to take with it then I guess… Also, we’ve started him on Hill’s Kidney Care food (wet and dry), but you need a prescription from the vet to order it. We ordered from Chewys. We are so happy to see him rejuvenated a bit (for now) and are hoping for the best.
How is your guy doing this week? I’m so glad I found this supportive animal lover network!
• Diffuse large B cell lymphoma : most common type in the United States, about 33 percent of all non-Hodgkin lymphomas
• Follicular lymphoma : average age at diagnosis is 60 years
• Chronic lymphocytic leukemia/Small lymphocytic lymphoma : suspected to be variations of the same cancer, usually slow growing
• Mantle cell lymphoma : typically affects men, average age is 60 years
• Marginal zone B cell lymphoma : three different types depending on its location
• Burkitt lymphoma : 90 percent of people affected are males around 30 years of age
• Lymphoplasmacytic lymphoma : rare form, also known as Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia
• Hairy-cell leukemia : a type of lymphoma, about 700 people are diagnosed each year
• Primary cerebral lymphoma
One of the main side effects is risk of infection . Chemotherapy temporarily reduces the number of white blood cells, which help fight infection. You may be given drugs to reduce your risk of getting an infection. Chemotherapy can also affect red blood cells, which carry oxygen around the body, and platelets which help the blood to clot. Other side effects can include feeling sick , sore mouth and hair loss . There are different ways side effects can be controlled or managed. Always let your doctor or nurse know about any side effects you have. We have more detailed information on side effects of chemotherapy .