Brighton couple rejoice as drug saves dog from cancer death

Amanda and Terry Beadle, from Brighton, believed their dog was about to die from a rare type of lymphoma.

Her beloved pet Smithy was initially diagnosed with lymphoma in 2018 and was in remission until the lump returned in May last year.

Vets put the 12-year-old Portuguese water dog on steroids and palliative care as his condition worsened and the cancer continued to spread.

But in a last-ditch effort to save Smithy’s life, they tried a cancer drug called Verdinexor.

“He was prescribed a new drug on the market and thankfully, Smithy’s cancer appears to be under control now,” Amanda said.

“He’s still a bit shaky from his arthritis but other than that he’s enjoying life again and being back in the water so we’re very grateful.”

The Argus: Amanda and SmithyAmanda and Smithy

Lymphoma is a cancer of the immune system, many types of which, if left untreated, can prove fatal within a few weeks.

Vets usually prescribe steroids to add a few weeks to life, while chemotherapy can add months to life expectancy.

Smithy is now on his way back to full health after suffering extreme weakness and hair loss.

And Gerry Polton, director of oncology at North Downs Specialists Referrals in Surrey, where Smithy was treated, said it was thanks to the “top notch” drug Verdinexor.

“It’s an oral treatment that’s administered at home twice a week by the owner, and Smithy’s recent case is a good example of how well it can work,” Gerry said.

“Smithy had an unusual lymphoma that is best treated surgically. Unfortunately, after a long period of remission, he suffered a recurrence of lymphoma.

The Argus: Smithy is now back and enjoying regular dives in the waterSmithy is back now and regularly enjoys a dip in the water

“The prognosis was not good. He had been started on steroids and palliative care by his local vet as his owners didn’t want Smithy to undergo chemo.

“Unfortunately he developed horrific skin conditions as a result of the steroids and his lymphoma was also progressing so he was referred to us for specialist care and treatment.

“We tapered and then weaned his steroids and started him on verdinexor and the transformation was dramatic.

“He looks really young again and is now back to his favorite pastime – swimming in the lake.” Brighton couple rejoice as drug saves dog from cancer death

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