Research To Study Lymphoma of the Abdominal Cavity in Cats

Published September 2007

Raleigh, North Carolina:

The North Carolina State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Cancer Treatment Program has recently been awarded a grant to study Lymphoma of the Abdominal cavity of affected cats. The study is a multi-centric study, conducted at NCSU-CVM by Laurel Williams, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology) and other satellite clinics.

“In cats, lymphoma most often develops in organs within the abdomen.  Because lymphoma is a systemic disease, treatment has historically consisted of systemic chemotherapy,” notes Dr. Williams. “Unfortunately, cats treated with chemotherapy alone have a relatively poor and limited duration response to this treatment, with only 30-65% of cats responding to therapy for durations lasting 6-10 months.  We are very excited about the grant to study whether combining chemotherapy, with other forms of therapy may prove beneficial in improving the outcome in cats with lymphoma,” she adds. 

The NCSU-CVM Animal Cancer Program is now actively recruiting cats affected by intra-abdominal lymphoma to study the effects of abdominal cavity radiation therapy following induction chemotherapy. 

“We are now actively recruiting cats for this study,” says Williams, adding that each owner will receive a stipend of $1,300 towards the costs of radiation therapy and bloodwork prior to treatment.  “By participation in the study, pet owners will also be contributing towards a greater good, by improving medical options for other cats affected by this form of cancer,” comments Williams.

Each pet owner will be responsible for all costs associated with diagnostics done during the pet’s initial evaluation, and for all post-treatment monitoring.

For more information or for consideration of your pet, please contact Dr. Laurel Williams at the North Carolina Animal Cancer Program, 919-513-6690 or e-mail clinical research technician

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