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On Wednesday, June 2, Guiding Eyes for the Blind welcomes the Veterinary Specialty Center of the Hudson Valley for a special presentation on bone marrow transplants for dogs with Lymphoma. The free event begins at 7 p.m. and will be held at Guiding Eyes’ Headquarters and Training Center in Yorktown Heights, NY. The Veterinary Specialty Center of the Hudson Valley is the only facility to conduct this procedure in the Northeast, and one of only five nationwide.

Bone marrow transplants (BMT) are the newest treatments for Canine Lymphosarcoma (Lymphoma), a type of cancer of the white blood cells. The procedure requires that the patient be put into molecular remission and the cancer-free stem cells be removed. Radiation therapy is then used to eradicate any remaining cancer cells throughout the body. The patient is supported in a state-of-the-art ICU facility while the stem cells are placed back into the body to re-grow the bone marrow and the immune system. A successful treatment allows the patient to live a cancer-free life.

“Lymphoma is one of the most common cancers we see,” explained Dr. Joseph Impellizeri, the center’s medical director. “A bone marrow transplant can be an actual ‘cure for cancer’ in 50-75% of the cases. As a veterinary oncologist, the chance to offer a cure for an otherwise fatal cancer is a dream come true.”

“Our dog was just too important to us; we had to try everything,” said Bob Akmens, owner of Flopsy, an 11 year old German short-haired pointer suffering from lymphoma. “He is part of our family and the BMT procedure gave us hope that otherwise would be impossible. I am so happy we found Dr. Impellizeri and were able to give Flopsy a real chance at being cured.”

The presentation is open to the public, although reservations are required. To sign-up, please contact Guiding Eyes for the Blind at 914-243-4346 or e-mail kscheld@guidingeyes.org. For more information on bone marrow transplants for dog, call Cristiana Campos, Veterinary Specialty Center of the Hudson Valley, at 845-632-3200.

Guiding Eyes for the Blind is located at 611 Granite Springs Road in Yorktown Heights, NY. The organization can be reached at 914.245.4024 or by visiting www.guidingeyes.org.

This entry was posted on Wednesday, April 28th, 2010 at 4:39 pm by Laurel Babcock. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
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