An expert in the treatment of animal diseases, Todd L. Prince, DVM, delivers quality veterinary care at Naperville Animal Hospital, Springbrook Animal Care Center, and several associated Illinois clinics. Dr. Todd Prince’s professional interests include cancer as well as neurological conditions in small animals.
Dogs can present with a variety of cancers. Canine lymphoscarcoma (LSA) ranks among the most common types. The cancer begins when immune cells called lymphocytes start to multiply without check and form tumors.
Because lymphocytes are distributed throughout the body, tumors can start growing anywhere, meaning the warning signs of LSA vary widely depending on the individual circumstances of the dog in question. However, early-stage LSA often presents as swelling in a lymph node or in lymph nodes.
Veterinarians treat LSA with chemotherapy and radiation. In fact, LSA responds very well to chemotherapy drugs, which cause most canine patients’ LSA to enter into remission for anywhere from 6 to 9 months.