Researchers at Ohio State University are fighting to save the life of Bob the pony, who has a rare blood cancer.
Testing revealed that Bob has chronic lymphocytic leukemia, a form of blood cancer that is rare among horses but common among humans.
Bob’s veterinarians teamed up with Dr. John Byrd at the OSU Comprehensive Cancer Center to find a solution for his disease.
Byrd’s team led efforts to develop both first- and second-generation oral drugs to treat CLL and Bob is being treated with what they consider a breakthrough drug called Ibrutinib. This would be the first time the medicine has been used to treat a pony.
“With these pills, particularly in older patients with this disease, they take the pill once a day and the disease goes away,” Byrd said.
Bob started therapy earlier this month and his care team says they can already see improvements in his blood work.
Thank you for reading the Dayton Daily News and for supporting local journalism. Subscribers: log in for access to your daily ePaper and premium newsletters.
Thank you for supporting in-depth local journalism with your subscription to the Dayton Daily News. Get more news when you want it with email newsletters just for subscribers. Sign up here.