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Osteosarcoma in Dogs

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The Surgical Discovery Centre and the Oncology Team at the Queens Veterinary School Hospital are currently running a clinical research study on osteosarcoma in dogs.

Osteosarcoma is an aggressive bone cancer that is seen in humans and in dogs. Dogs are at least 10 times more likely than humans to develop osteosarcoma. This project looks at a new blood test that can identify tumour cells that may be present in the patient’s blood – it is thought that these circulating tumour cells, if present, may be an early indicator of disease progression.  We have received funding from Sarcoma UK to investigate this further. From just a small blood sample we are able to determine whether there are circulating tumour cells in the patient. We plan to monitor blood samples before, during and after treatment to see if there is any connection between levels of circulating cells in blood and disease progression. Since the pattern of disease in osteosarcoma is similar in dogs and in humans, it is hoped that the results of this work will also translate to humans, improving our ability to monitor and manage these patients.

We are actively looking for dogs with a suspected or confirmed diagnosis of osteosarcoma for potential inclusion in the study.

Further information can be found at:

Please contact: Nicola Cumbridge (Clinical Research Co-ordinator) for further details.