Bone Marrow Transplant Now Offered as a Cure for Canine Lymphoma at the Veterinary Specialty Center of the Hudson Valley

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The Veterinary Specialty Center of the Hudson Valley (VSCHV) is now performing Bone Marrow Transplants to treat the most common cancer in dogs, Canine Lymphoma. VSCHV is the only veterinary facility in the north-east and along with University of North Carolina, one of only two on the east coast to offer this therapy to provide hope where there was none before.

The Veterinary Specialty Center of the Hudson Valley (VSCHV) announces Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) as treatment for Canine Lymphosarcoma (Lymphoma). VSCHV is one of only 5 centers in the world, and the only facility in the north-eastern region of the United States where Bone Marrow Transplants are offered for your pet.

Lymphoma is a type of cancer of the white blood cells. The Bone Marrow Transplant procedure requires that the patient be put into molecular remission. At that time, cancer-free stem cells are removed from the patient. Radiation therapy is then used to eradicate any remaining cancer cells anywhere else in the body. The patient is supported in a state-of-the-art ICU facility during which the stem cells are placed back into the patient to re-grow the bone marrow and the immune system-- without the cancer cells. A successful treatment allows the patient to live a cancer-free life.

“Our dog was just too important to us; we had to try everything,” said Bob Akmens owner of Flopsy, an 11-year-old German Short-Haired Pointer, suffering from lymphoma. “He is part of our family and the BMT procedure gave us hope that otherwise would be impossible. I am so happy we found Dr. Impellizeri so we could give Flopsy a real chance at being cured.”

“Lymphoma is one of the most common cancers we see. A bone marrow transplant can be an actual 'cure for cancer' in 50-75% of the cases,” announced Dr. Joseph Impellizeri, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Oncology)-Medical Director. “As a veterinary oncologist, the chance to offer a cure for an otherwise fatal cancer is a dream come true.”

About the Veterinary Specialty Center of the Hudson Valley

The Veterinary Specialty Center of the Hudson Valley is a comprehensive multi-specialty practice with 24-7 emergency and critical care and services from board-certified specialists in Internal Medicine, Surgery, Oncology, Cardiology and Radiology. VSCHV has the most advanced imaging center in the Hudson Valley region with a 1.5T MRI, Computed Tomography, Digital Radiography, Ultrasound, Arthroscopy and Endoscopy. VSCHV is a leader in cancer therapies and offers a host of progressive treatments and minimally invasive procedures that give pet owners peace, comfort and hope. http://www.vschv.com

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