Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Here's an excerpt from a fun and inspirational article I found on Boston.com:

Orangutan's chemotherapy treatment for cancer ends

In this undated photo provided by Jungle Island, the orangutan named Peanut, one of the star attractions at Jungle Island, is shown in Miami. Peanut had been undergoing chemotherapy since August after being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Her doctors said Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012 that they decided to stop treatments after three courses of combination chemo-immunotherapy. The team says since the disease was caught early on, they are confident Peanut received "an adequate course of therapy." (AP Photo/Jungle Island) 


Associated Press /  November 13, 2012 

MIAMI (AP) — Peanut, an 8-year-old orangutan with cancer and one of the star attractions at Miami’s Jungle Island, no longer needs chemotherapy, her medical team announced Tuesday. Peanut had been undergoing chemotherapy since August, following a diagnosis of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. After three courses of combination chemo-immunotherapy, her doctors decided it was time to wrap up her treatments for the aggressive lymphoma. Although Peanut was not the first great ape to be treated for cancer like a human, experts said it is not common to use chemotherapy among orangutans.

Dr. Jason Chatfield, curator and staff veterinarian for Jungle Island, said the stress of ‘‘multiple immobilizations’’ for the treatment was a factor in a decision to end her chemotherapy. He added she received an adequate amount of chemotherapy.

‘‘What we do know is that without this chemotherapy, Peanut would not survive,’’ Chatfield said...

There's a lot more.  CLICK HERE to access the rest of the article.

Feel good and keep smiling!  Pat


Monday, November 12, 2012