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Referrals Needed for Surgical Studies of Cancer

March 3, 2011

To evaluate health risks to animals and improve veterinary care, faculty of the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital are seeking referrals for clinicial studies.

Canine Bone Tumor Study

Veterinary faculty of the Small Animal Surgery Service are seeking patients for the evaluation of the risks of pathologic fracture in patients with primary bone tumors. The goal is to be able to better predict which patients are at greatest risk.

Criteria determined from the results of this study may ultimately allow lower risk patients to be candidates for treatments other than amputation.

This study is funded, and in return for participation, provides a financial incentive toward the cost of the patient's care.

Enrollment Requirements

  • Canine patients with a lesion on x-rays that is consistent with a primary bone tumor, for which clients are electing amputation of the 
  • affected leg
  • Lesion must be in the distal radius. Other sites are not currently eligible to participate
  • Patients may not have had a bone biopsy within 3 weeks. Bone aspirates will not preclude participation in the study
  • The client must be interested in pursuing forelimb amputation at the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital as treatment for this tumor
  • Client agrees to allow CT scan of the limb before amputation and further testing on the limb after it is removed

For more information please contact:

Dr. Michele Steffey, masteffey@ucdavis.edu, (530) 752-3799 or (530) 752-1393

Canine Anal Sac Carcinoma Study

Veterinary faculty are seeking patients for the evaluation of the risks and pathway of metastasis of anal sac adenocarcinoma in dogs. The goal is to identify the true sentinel lymph nodes in the spread of this disease, and the best method for evaluating these nodes. This study is funded, and in return for participation, provides a small 
financial incentive toward the cost of the patient's care as well as a free CT evaluation for pulmonary and abdominal metastasis.

Enrollment Requirements

  • Canine patients with a unilateral tumor of the anal sac that has not yet been surgically removed
  • The client must be interested in pursuing surgical resection at the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital as treatment for this tumor
  • Client agrees to pre-operative CT scans of the tumor and regional lymph nodes

For more information please contact

Dr. Mark Fuller, mcfuller@vmth.ucdavis.edu, (530) 752-1393
Dr. Michele Steffey, masteffey@ucdavis.edu, (530) 752-3799 or (530) 752-1393