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Can lymphoma be present in a dog without tumors being

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Can lymphoma be present in a dog without tumors being present and can cancer symptoms come on very suddenly, overnight in a seemingly healthy dog?
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 7 months ago.

Yes, multicentric lymphoma may be evidenced only by hepatic and/or splenic involvement, involvement of bone marrow, blood, and/or any nonlymphoid organ. There may also be no overt clinical signs of disease. Symptoms are variable depending upon where the lymphoma exists but generally there's a slowly progressive malaise rather than sudden symptoms. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.