DENVER (CBS4)– A veterinarian at the Denver Zoo has put a king cobra with cancer in remission. Thanks to a unique treatment plan pioneered at the zoo, there is no longer any sign of cancer in the huge snake.
Determined zookeepers were able to successfully treat the cancer called lymphosarcoma.
“Which is a type of cancer that affects the scales,” said Denver Zoo Associate Veterinarian Betsy Stringer.
Concern started last February when a zookeeper noticed purplish scales. Stringer wanted a closer look.
“His size and being venomous definitely makes this a really challenging patient,” she explained to CBS4 Health Specialist Kathy Walsh.
Zoo staff kept the snake asleep with his head in a tube hooked to an anesthesia machine. It took nine X-rays to evaluate his 13-foot long body.
“There’s no publication that tells me how to treat lymphosarcoma in a king cobra, so this was uncharted territory,” said Stringer.
“The chemotherapy drug we used is used …
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