Is there a standard chemotherapy protocol for lymphoma?
one of the most common forms of canine cancer, the chemotherapy treatment protocol most often used is the Wisconsin-Madison
protocol. The Madison protocol uses the drugs Prednisone, Elspar (L-asparaginase), Vincristine, Cytoxan
(cyclophosphamide), and Adriamycin (doxorubicin) during treatments that occur over a period of 26 weeks. Prednisone
is taken orally at home, at first in high doses on a daily basis, and will gradually be reduced. The rest
of the drugs are given at the clinic, with a different drug being administered during each visit.
should note that although there is a “standard” for how this and other protocols should be administered, the oncologist
can adjust the protocol to meet your dog’s individual needs. If your dog does not tolerate a specific
drug well or exhibits more severe side effects, modifications can be made to the drugs used, dosage and schedule of treatment.