Veterinary First: Pig Treated for Lymphoma
730-pound Nemo's procedure a success
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jul 25, 2013 2:03 AM CDT
A pig has become the first of his kind to get lymphoma treatment.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Experts are seeing a bright future for cancer treatment in big animals after a 730-pound pig was successfully treated for lymphoma, Reuters reports. When 4-year-old Nemo, a pet, was diagnosed with B-cell lymphoma, a type of blood cancer, researchers at Cornell gave his owner a warning: They knew of no pig that had undergone cancer treatment. But owner George Goldner told them to use what they knew about dogs and humans to take care of his pet.

Cost was no issue, Goldner said, though it costs up to $5,000 to treat a golden retriever—and they're about a seventh of Nemo's size. One challenge for doctors administering chemotherapy was reaching Nemo's veins, due to pigs' thick necks. To do so, they inserted a metal port behind his ear; a catheter reached his jugular vein. Now, he's apparently in remission. "Before when large animals were diagnosed with cancer, it was pretty much impossible to treat them," says a doctor involved. "Now we have a model to base it on." Meanwhile, Nemo has become a "big star" at the animal hospital.

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butterbutterbutter
Jul 25, 2013 7:11 AM CDT
and there are people out there who die because they can't afford to treat their cancer. something's wrong with this picture
No-Left-Turn
Jul 25, 2013 7:00 AM CDT
This would only make financial sense for a pet.
right2dave
Jul 25, 2013 5:56 AM CDT
Is that a picture of Rosie?