Bruzer is a playful, three-year-old Boxer-Mastiff mix. His owners first noticed he was sick in the summer of 2011 when he stopped eating. Bruzer's primary care veterinarian treated him for hypercalcemia (high blood calcium) and renal failure. When Bruzer's condition did not improve, his primary care veterinarian referred him to the Cornell University Hospital for Animals.
After an extensive diagnostic work up, Bruzer was diagnosed with Stage Vb T cell lymphoma. He initially spent six days in the hospital before he was stable enough to be discharged, but left the hospital with a guarded prognosis.
Following his hospital stay, Bruzer was treated with a six-month protocol of chemotherapy, fluid treatments and medicine for kidney failure.
Through the dedication of Bruzer’s family, the veterinarians at CUHA and his primary care veterinarian, Bruzer has achieved 10 months of remission of his cancer, and passed the 1-year anniversary since his diagnosis. He still struggles with the damage the hypercalcemia did to his kidneys, but he continues to enjoy life to the fullest.
"Working with the veterinarians and staff of Cornell has been wonderful," said Jim Miller, Bruzer's owner. "The oncology department took exceptional care of him and made us feel comfortable even though we were dealing with a very difficult situation. We have been able to enjoy Bruzer for a year longer than we expected to have him, and that means so much to us."