Orangutan's chemotherapy treatment for cancer ends

Associated Press Modified: November 14, 2012 at 12:22 am •  Published: November 13, 2012
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Peanut was diagnosed after her veterinary team found she had an intestinal obstruction and further testing revealed the cancer. Pumpkin has not been diagnosed with the disease.

The Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, along with UM's Division of Comparative Pathology, which specializes in wildlife, confirmed the diagnosis.

Doctors chose a plan for treatment that has been most effective in humans.

"Peanut has handled this process with remarkable strength and fortitude," Chatfield said. "We have learned a great deal in the process and endeavored to provide Peanut with state-of-the-art care and the best possible chance at long term survival."

Peanut and her twin, Pumpkin, will celebrate their birthday on Dec. 2 with orangutan-friendly cakes. The park also will serve cake to guests and hand out lime green ribbons for lymphoma awareness. A portion of the day's admission also will be donated to the cancer center involved in the ape's treatment.