Young orangutan prepares for cancer treatment
Primate preparing to undergo treatment for non-Hodgkin lymphoma
Officials at a South Florida animal attraction say one of their young orangutans has cancer.
Jungle Island reports that Peanut, an 8-year-old female, is preparing to undergo treatment for non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
The cancer was discovered following a recent abdominal surgery to remove what was thought to be a simple obstruction. Jungle Island is seeking help from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine's Division of Comparative Pathology, which specializes in wildlife.
A team of experts from multiple disciplines is developing a treatment program. Because orangutans share 96 percent of their DNA with humans, Jungle Island says Peanut's treatment will likely be more similar to what a human would receive, rather than another animal.
Jungle Island officials are also concerned about the effect of Peanut's illness on her fraternal twin sister, Pumpkin.
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