Cornell veterinarians set precedent with treatment of pet pig for lymphoma

07/24/2013 | Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)

Veterinarians at the Cornell University Hospital for Animals have devised a chemotherapy protocol for Nemo, a 730-pound pet pig diagnosed with lymphoma, marking what is believed to be the first time a pig has been treated for the disease. Veterinarians devised the chemotherapy based on knowledge of the treatment in other animals and administered it via a vascular access port. "Before, when large animals were diagnosed with cancer, it was pretty much impossible to treat them," said veterinarian Emily Barrell, the resident who developed the protocol for Nemo's chemotherapy and administered the medications. "Now we have a model to base it on."

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