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Osteosarcoma Management in General Practice

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Vol 4 - Issue 3
Written by Dr Shasta Lynch BVSc(hons) MANZCVS(SAM) DipECVIM-CA(Oncology). MRCVS RCVS and European Veterinary Specialist in Oncology
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Osteosarcoma Management in General Practice

Osteosarcoma is a highly malignant mesenchymal tumour that can occur at any location but most commonly involves the appendicular skeleton of large dogs. Patients present with pain, lameness and/or a firm mass in the affected area. The clinical presentation, history and radiographic appearance are sufficient for a strong clinical suspicion of osteosarcoma, however biopsy with histopathology is the gold standard for diagnosis. Thoracic imaging is essential to evaluate for metastatic disease prior to therapy. For appendicular osteosarcoma, amputation followed by carboplatin chemotherapy is considered standard of care with survival times of 8-12 months reported.

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Dr Shasta Lynch BVSc(hons) MANZCVS(SAM) DipECVIM-CA(Oncology). MRCVS RCVS and European Veterinary Specialist in Oncology