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Bellingham Veterinary

A group effort leads to a cure for lab with lymphoma

Lorna Welde’s beloved black lab Galaxie developed golf ball size lumps all over his body literally overnight. Cornell University Hospital for Animals (CUHA) diagnosed five-year-old Galaxie with B-cell lymphoma, one of the most common types of cancers in dogs. Welde and her kids started doing research and learned that it was possible for dogs with certain cancers to have bone marrow transplants, though it is a rare procedure. Cornell does not perform bone marrow transplants, but the oncology team supported the family’s decision to have the procedure done at a veterinary hospital in Bellingham, Washington, by Dr. Edmund Sullivan, considered a pioneer in bone marrow transplants in dogs.

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