IN THE MEDIA.
- Bellingham Woman Raising Money for Canine Cancer Treatment Facility in WA – July 8, 2011 (click to read)
- Bellingham woman’s goal: create a treatment center for dogs with cancer – July 6, 2011 (click to read)
Comet was a lively 7-year old Golden Retriever who was suddenly appearing not so energetic. He became lethargic, lost his appetite and started losing serious amounts of weight.
Enter Dr. Sullivan. Through magnetic resonance imaging and a histologic examination and immunophenotyping of biopsy specimens, Comet was diagnosed with a stage V (b) T-cell malignant lymphoma. Comet went through 2 cycles of chemotherapy. Then he received an allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplant performed just 18 weeks after diagnosis. A donor was identied by molecular dog leukocyte antigen typing methods. Before the transplant, Comet received total body irradiation followed by a coloby-stimulating factor.
58 weeks later, the donor engraftment has been maintained. The verdict: complete remission! Comet enjoyed 4 more years of life with his family in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Since Comet’s successful transplant many dogs have been treated across the country.