Peanut the Orangutan Doing Well a Year After Lymphoma Diagnosis

The nine-year-old Jungle Island orangutan is doing well after undergoing three rounds of chemotherapy.

Sunday, Jun 2, 2013  |  Updated 9:53 AM EDT
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A Jungle Island orangutan known for her prowess on the iPad is now fighting cancer. Peanut, 8, has large cell lymphoma and will be treated with chemotherapy at the tourist wildlife park. Her caretakers noticed something was amiss two and a half months ago. Jungle Island curator Jason Chatfield talked to NBC 6 about how they noticed her illness.
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A year after being diagnosed with lymphoma, Peanut the orangutan is back in good health.

Jungle Island officials stated Friday that the nine-year-old primate is doing "very well."

“Peanut has handled this process with remarkable strength and we are could not be happier with her continued progress,” said veterinarian Dr. Jason Chatfield in a statement. “Though we have made it through this first milestone, we will continue to monitor Peanut’s health and her daily habits for any signs of relapse or illness.”

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Peanut was diagnosed after undergoing abdominal surgery to remove an obstruction last June. Examination of the tissue after surgery revealed the lymphoma.

She went through three courses of chemotherapy led by the Jungle Island veterinary staff and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine's Comparative Pathology team. Officials said she had little to none of the side effects usually associated with the treatment.

Peanut and her twin sister Pumpkin will receive annual health screenings from now on.

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