Veterinary Society of
Surgical Oncology

Clinical trials and collaborative research in surgical oncology are actively encouraged by the VSSO. Prospective clinical trials are preferred, but multi-institutional retrospective case series will also be strongly considered. Research projects can include, but are not limited to, the study of new surgical techniques, multimodality treatment protocols, novel adjunctive agents, and treatment outcomes for different tumor types. 

 

Research Proposal Submission

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Proposals can be submitted to the Dr. Stewart Ryan, Chairperson of the VSSO Research Committee, by either This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mail at:

Dr. Stewart Ryan,

UVet Veterinary Hospital

FVAS, The University of Melbourne

250 Princes Highway

Werribee, VIC, 3030

AUSTRALIA

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OPEN RESEARCH TRIALS

 

2016

 Total prostatectomy for the treatment of primary prostatic neoplasia in the dog

-Investigator: Brad Matz

 A Retrospective Comparison of Surgery and Surgery-Chemotherapy for Management of Cutaneous and Subcutaneous Grade III Soft Tissue Sarcomas in Dogs

-Investigator: Julius Liptak

 Clinical Findings, Treatment and Outcome in Cats with Sex-Hormone Secreting Adrenal Tumors Leading to Behavioral Changes

-Investigator: Julia Sumner 

 Canine Juvenile Appendicular Osteosarcoma

-Investigator: Sara Colopy

 Assessment of Survival Advantage in Dogs Experiencing Post-Surgical Infection following Amputation for Appendicular Osteosarcoma

-Investigators: Eric Hans and Robert Dudley

 Retrospective Evaluation of Histopathologic Results of Medial Retropharyngeal and Mandibular Lymph Node Extirpation for Tumors of the Head

-Investigators: Janet Grimes and Brad Matz

COMPLETED RESEARCH TRIALS 

2013

 

   Rectal tumor surgery

         Principal investigator: Dr. Julius M. Liptak, Alta Vista Animal Hospital 

Publication: Nucci DJ, Liptak JM, Selmic LE, Culp WTN, Durant AM, Worley D, Maritato KC, Thomson M, Annoni M, Singh A, Matz B, Benson J, Buracco P. Complications and outcomes following rectal pull-through surgery in dogs with rectal masses: 74 cases (2000-2013). JAVMA 2014;245:684-695.

2012

   Dogs with apocrine gland anal sac adenocarcinoma: effect of sublumbar lymph node metastasis on prognosis.

             Principal investigator: Dr. Julius M. Liptak, Alta Vista Animal Hospital

   Osteosarcoma following tibial plateau leveling osteotomy in dogs

            Principal investigator: Dr. Laura Selmic, Colorado State University

Publication: Selmic LE, Ryan SD, Boston SE, Liptak JM, Culp WTN, Sartor AJ, Prpich CY, Withrow SJ. Osteosarcoma following tibial plateau leveling osteotomy in dogs: 29 cases (1997-2011). JAVMA 2014;244:1053-1059.

2011

   The surgical treatment of canine splenic lymphoma

            Principal investigator: Dr. Sarah Boston, University of Florida

   Canine primary appendicular hemangiosarcoma

            Principal investigator: Dr. Michelle Giuffrida, University of Pennsylvania

2010   

   Evaluation of scapulectomy for primary bone tumors in dogs

          Principal investigator: Dr. Sarah Boston, Ontario Veterinary College

Publication: Montinaro V, Boston SE, Buracco P, Culp WTN, Romanelli G, Straw R, Ryan S. Evaluation of scapulectomy for primary bone tumors in 42 dogs. Veterinary Surgery 2013

   Appendicular osteosarcoma in dogs weighing less than 15kg

          Principal investigator: Dr. Pierre Amsellem, Wey Referrals

Publication: Amsellem PM, Selmic LE, Wypij JM, Bacon NJ, Culp WTN, Ehrhart NP, Powers BE, Stryhn H, Farese JP. Appenidcular osteosarcoma in small-breed dogs: 51 cases (1986-2011). JAVMA 2014;245:203-210.

   Retrospective review of splenic liposarcoma in dogs

            Principal investigator: Dr. Julius Liptak, Alta Vista Animal Hospital

2009  

   Retrospective evaluation of dogs with tumor-related pathologic fracture treated with fracture fixation

          Principal investigator: Dr. Sarah Boston, Ontario Veterinary College

Publication: Boston SE, Bacon NJ, Culp WT, Bhandal J, Bruce C, Cavanaugh RP, Hamilton MH, Lincoln JD, Liptak JM, Scharvogel S. (2011). Outcome after repair of a sarcoma-related pathologic fracture in dogs: a veterinary society of surgical oncology retrospective study. Veterinary Surgery 2011;40:431-437.

   Outcome following hemipelvectomy in the dog and cats

Principal investigator: Dr. Jonathan Bray, Massey University, New Zealand

    Retrospective evaluation of canine tongue tumors: results of surgical excision”

          Principal investigator: Dr. William Culp, University of California-Davis

Publication: Culp WTN, Ehrhart N, Withrow SJ, Rebhun RB, Boston S, Buracco P, Reiter AM, Schallberger SP, Aldridge CF, Kent MS, Mayhew PD, Brown DC. Results of surgical excision and evaluation of factors associated with survival time in dogs with lingual neoplasia: 97 cases (1995-2008). JAVMA 2013;242:1392-1397.         

 2008  

    Retrospective review of apocrine gland anal sac adenocarcinomas in cats

           Principal investigator: Dr. Ryan Cavanaugh, University of Florida

2006   

    Retrospective review of primary appendicular chondrosarcoma in dogs

          Principal investigator: Dr. Jim Farese, University of Florida

Publication: Farese JP., Kirpensteijn J, Kik M, Bacon NJ, Waltman SS, Seguin B, Kent M, Liptak J, Straw R, Chang MN, Jiang Y, Withrow SJ. Biologic behavior and clinical outcome of 25 dogs with canine appendicular chondrosarcoma treated by amputation: a Veterinary Society of Surgical Oncology retrospective study. Veterinary Surgery 2009;38:914-919.

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