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Histiocytic Sarcoma in Flatcoated Retrievers: Call for cases

The Oncology team of the Queen’s Veterinary School Hospital is working on Histiocytic Sarcoma in Flatcoated Retrievers.

This particular type of cancer is found in many breeds, but is particularly prevalent in Flatcoated Retrievers where it appears to have a characteristic presentation and biological behaviour. The tumour presents as lesions of deep musculature of limbs or in association with joints. A more aggressive form of histiocytic sarcoma has also been described in the breed affecting the spleen.  Because of the poor outcome, even when treated, we are looking to achieve a better understanding of the disease and improve treatment options.

We have received funding from PetSavers to further investigate the relationship between the immune system and the biological behaviour of this tumour.

Following our preliminary research work we are now looking for patients that could participate in the study. In the first instance would be grateful to hear of any Flatcoated Retrievers affected by Histiocytic Sarcoma.

Information on previous work can be found at: 

Please contact for more information. 

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