Orangutan completes state-of-the-art chemotherapy for lymphoma

11/12/2012 | Miami Herald (free registration), The

A team of physicians and a veterinarian has completed three chemotherapy treatments for Peanut, an 8-year-old orangutan at Florida's Jungle Island recently diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Now the doctors will monitor Peanut's response to the treatment, believed to be the first of its kind used in an orangutan, using CT, ultrasound, radiology and general assessments of her overall attitude and health. Peanut was treated with a lower dose of the standard human therapy: a combination of chemotherapy, antibodies and chemoimmunotherapy.

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