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Canines With Cancer has been started to help with Party Boy\'s lymphoma treatments. All donations go directly towards his treatments. Party was diagnosed with lymphoma on January 14th, 2009 and now is need of treatment.

Party Boy was diagnosed with canine lymphoma on January 14th, 2010.

Diana Wilson is Party's owner and is struggling to afford treatment costs since she is on a very fixed income. We are working on a few other ways to earn money and all donations go directly to Diana and Party for his treatments. Party needs to start chemo treatments as soon as possible and they will last a total of 20 weeks. It is going to cost about $4,500 total as long as their are no complications or severe side effects (which they say are rare). There are also holistic treatments that can be used in conjunction with chemo that most vets recommend and greatly increase the survival rate of dogs with lymphoma. Average survival rate without treatment is about 2 months.

Party is a Saint Bernard mix and is almost 5 years old. Party was rescued when he was about 6 to 8 weeks old. Someone had dumped him off in a country ditch. When he was about 12 weeks old he was hospitalized for a severe intestinal infection and spent about 24 hours there but pulled through.

Party has learned a lot of tricks such as how to shake, play dead, catch his tail, roll over, say "want one", touch the floor, left and right turn, and many more.

Party basically thinks he is a person. He goes everywhere he can with Diana, loves to go for walks and car rides and sleeps every night in the bed with her. He also enjoys going to the nursing home and visiting all the elderly and staff. He truly is part of the family.

Party and Diana live in Charles City, IA but are currently in Holiday, FL visiting her oldest son and his wife, as they recently had their first child (Diana's first grandchild). Diana and Party came down in August so she could get to know her new granddaughter. So right now he is receiving treatment down here and we have been able to find some extremely good vets to help Party. Currently, Tarpon Animal Hospital, Tampa Bay Veterinary Specialists and A.A. Animal ER Center are all an important part of Party's treatment and we'd like to give a special thanks to the doctors and their staff!

If you would like to donate directly to Diana and Party through PayPal you will be able to shortly as we are in the process of setting up a PayPal account strictly for Party and his treatment donations.

We also have a website that is in the process of being set up and dedicated to Party and helping him receive treatments. You can visit it at

The other option, if you wish is to send your check directly. You can mail any donation checks to: Diana Wilson, 107 3rd Avenue, Charles City, IA 50616.
Please make all checks payable to Diana Wilson.

Canines With Cancer is not a 3rd Party organization or business. has been built specifically for Party and his situation. It is a place to help raise funds for Party and his lymphoma treatments, as well as a place to find information on canine cancer, diets, prevention, resources and much more information. The website was generously provided by Virtual Quest and without them Party's website would not have been possible.


Lymphosarcoma is a common cancer of lymphocytes in dogs and can occur in the lymph nodes, spleen, liver, and other organs. The cancer can be aggressive and if left untreated, can lead to a high mortality. Treatment with chemotherapy along with supplemental treatments has been very successful at adding upwards of 1 - 3 years or more to the dog's life.


  • Which dogs are at risk for developing lymphomas?

Lymphomas primarily affect middle age to older dogs. There does not appear to be a breed or sex predilection. Only 10% to 20% of dogs are clinically ill at presentation, the majority are brought in because of recently identified swellings or lumps.


  • Why do dogs develop lymphoma?

While we understand how lymphomas form, we still do not understand why. In cats, there appears to be a strong link between some forms of lymphoma and infection with feline leukemia virus, however, in dogs such a link is not apparent. Some authors have speculated that environmental factors such as exposure to pesticides or strong magnetic fields increase the incidence, but there is currently no strong proof of this. At the same time, some authors have also hinted at a possible genetic correlation, but further studies need to be performed to determine the exact risk factors involved in canine lymphoma.


  •  What are the symptoms of lymphoma?

The symptoms of lymphoma are related to the location of the tumor(s). Tumors that develop in the lymph nodes often present as swellings with no other symptoms. The gastrointestinal form often is accompanied with vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, and lack of appetite. The mediastinal (chest) form often presents with shortness of breath and muffled heart sounds. The cutaneous (skin) form can present in several different ways including single or multiple lumps in the skin, or mouth. These bumps can itch or be red and ulcerated.


  • How is lymphoma diagnosed?

Lymphoma is diagnosed with a combination of diagnostic tests. Blood tests, fine needle aspirates of the tumor, biopsies, x-rays and ultrasound are all used to confirm the diagnosis of lymphoma. The exact tests performed will depend on the location of the tumor.


  •  What is the treatment for lymphoma?

The treatment for lymphoma in the dog consists of chemotherapy and can also include supplemental treatments. Lymphoma is considered a systemic disease, which makes surgery and radiation impractical and ineffective. There is a wide variety of chemotherapy protocols and drugs that are currently being used to treat lymphoma. The treatment usually consists of a combination of oral and injectable drugs given on a weekly basis. Some commonly used drugs include cyclophosphamide, vincristine, doxorubicin, and prednisone. The exact treatment protocol will vary depending on the practitioner. The University of Wisconsin protocol is one of the more popular ones used by veterinary oncologists. While most veterinarians can administer the treatment protocols, I always recommend that the owners of a dog with lymphoma initially seek out a consultation with a veterinary oncologist to inform themselves of any new treatment recommendations.


  • What is the long-term outlook for a dog with lymphoma?

Canine Lymphoma has a very high remission rate, however, there is a much lower chance of survival without proper treatment. Without any form of treatment, the average survival rate for a dog after diagnosis is about two months.

With a combination of anti-cancer medication, as well as intensive chemotherapy, the survival rate for a dog suffering from lymphoma can be increased to 60-90%.

There are many treatment options available, each with its own risks and benefits. The most effective treatment is a combination of all or several of these treatment types.

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