Centro Oncologico Veterinario

Poggio San Lorenzo, Italy

Centro Oncologico Veterinario

Poggio San Lorenzo, Italy
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Spoldi E.,Florida College | Schwarz T.,University of Edinburgh | Sabattini S.,University of Bologna | Vignoli M.,University of Teramo | And 2 more authors.
Veterinary Radiology and Ultrasound | Year: 2017

A better understanding of the CT features of different forms of canine and feline adipose tumors would be valuable for improving patient management and treatment. The purpose of this retrospective, cross-sectional study was to describe and compare the CT features of pathologically confirmed lipomas, infiltrative lipomas, and liposarcomas in a sample of canine and feline patients. A total of 50 animals (46 dogs, four cats) and a total of 60 lesions (23 lipomas, 20 infiltrative lipomas, and 17 liposarcomas) were included in the study. Lipomas appeared as round to oval-shaped (n = 21), well-marginated (n = 20) fat-attenuating lesions. Infiltrative lipomas appeared as homogeneous, fat-attenuating masses but, unlike lipomas, they were most commonly characterized by an irregular shape (75%; P < 0.001), and linear components, hyperattenuating relative to the surrounding fat (100%; P < 0.05). Liposarcomas were represented exclusively by heterogeneous lesions with soft tissue attenuating components with a multinodular appearance (76.5%; P < 0.05). Regional lymphadenopathy (n = 10) and amorphous mineralization (n = 4) were also observed in association with liposarcomas. Computed tomography can provide useful information regarding disease location, extent, and involvement of the adjacent structures. Tumor definition and shape were the most useful parameters to differentiate between lipomas and infiltrative lipomas. The presence of a heterogeneous mass, with a multinodular soft tissue component and associated regional lymphadenopathy and mineralization, were features favoring a diagnosis of liposarcoma. © 2016 The Authors Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. on behalf of American College of Veterinary Radiology

Marconato L.,Centro Oncologico Veterinario | Buracco P.,University of Turin | Aresu L.,University of Padua
Veterinary Journal | Year: 2015

The field of oncology research has undergone major changes in recent years. Progress in molecular and cellular biology has led to a greater understanding of the cellular pathways and mechanisms of cell proliferation and tissue invasion associated with cancer. New classes of cancer therapies are becoming available or are in development but these new agents require a paradigm shift in the design of oncology clinical trials. This review provides an overview of clinical trial designs for the development of tumour vaccines and targeted therapeutic agents. In addition, some of the successes, limitations and challenges of these trials are discussed, with a special emphasis on the difficulties and particularities that are encountered in veterinary medicine compared to similar work in human patients. © 2015 Elsevier Ltd.

PubMed | Centro Oncologico Veterinario, University of Liverpool, University of Milan, University of Bologna and Centro Veterinario Berna
Type: | Journal: Veterinary and comparative oncology | Year: 2016

Haemangiosarcoma (HSA) has an aggressive biological behaviour and carries a poor prognosis, with less than 10% of treated dogs surviving longer than 1year. In this retrospective study a varied metronomic chemotherapy (MC) regimen preceded by adjuvant doxorubicin-based maximum-tolerated dose chemotherapy (MTDC) was compared with MTDC, in terms of efficacy [time to metastasis, (TTM) and survival time (ST)] and safety in dogs with biologically aggressive HSA. Dogs were eligible if they had no metastasis after MTDC and received either no further chemotherapy or MC maintenance. Twelve dogs received MTDC, and 10 received MC thereafter. Median TTM and ST were significantly longer for dogs receiving MTDC-MC (not reached versus 150days, P=0.028; and not reached versus 168days, P=0.030, respectively). Treatment was well tolerated. MTDC followed by MC is safe and suggests improved TTM and ST in dogs with surgically removed, biologically aggressive HSA that are treated in the microscopic setting.

Millanta F.,University of Pisa | Asproni P.,University of Pisa | Cancedda S.,Centro Oncologico Veterinario | Vignoli M.,Clinica Veterinaria | And 2 more authors.
Journal of Comparative Pathology | Year: 2012

Accumulating evidence suggests that cyclooxygenase (COX)-2 is involved in the pathogenesis of human and canine osteosarcoma. The aim of this study was to investigate the expression of COX-2 in normal, reactive and neoplastic canine bone and the events downstream to COX-2 that lead to prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) production. COX-2, microsomal PGE2 synthase-1 (mPGES-1) and the PGE2 receptor (EP2) were assessed by immunohistochemistry in 12 samples of normal bone, 14 cases of fracture callus and 27 appendicular osteosarcomas. No immunoreactivity to COX-2, mPGES-1 or EP2 receptor was observed in normal bone. Fifty percent of reactive bone samples expressed COX-2 and 57% expressed mPGES-1 and EP2 receptor, although with weak labelling intensity. Ninety-three percent of osteosarcomas expressed COX-2, while mPGES-1 was expressed by 85% and EP2 receptor by 89% of the tumours. The data confirm that COX-2 is expressed at high level in osteosarcoma and support the use of COX-2 inhibitors to improve the response to chemotherapy. The possibility of blocking the EP2 or the selective inhibition of mPGES-1, rather than COX-2 activity, might decrease the incidence of adverse effects that occur due to the inhibition of prostanoids other than PGE2. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.

Marconato L.,Centro Oncologico Veterinario | Martini V.,University of Milan | Aresu L.,University of Padua | Sampaolo M.,Centro Oncologico Veterinario | And 3 more authors.
Veterinary Journal | Year: 2013

The aims of this study were to assess the prognostic significance of bone marrow (BM) infiltration in canine large B cell lymphoma (LBCL) and to establish cut-off values for designating the BM as infiltrated by lymphoid blasts. The degree of BM infiltration by large CD21 positive cells in dogs with LBCL was assessed by flow cytometry (FC) and related to time to progression (TTP) and lymphoma-specific survival (LSS). Forty-six dogs were prospectively enrolled, staged and treated with a dose-intense chemotherapeutic protocol. BM infiltration was directly correlated with peripheral blood infiltration ( P=. 0.001), high lactate dehydrogenase activity ( P=. 0.0024) and substage b disease ( P<. 0.001). In the univariate analysis, there was a significant association between BM infiltration diagnosed by FC and both TTP ( P=. 0.001) and LSS ( P<. 0.001). Substage was the only factor associated with TTP in the multivariate analysis ( P=. 0.002), whereas substage ( P<. 0.001) and anaemia ( P=. 0.008) were associated with LSS. A cut-off of 3% BM infiltration had the strongest prognostic value, since it discriminated between dogs with a poorer prognosis (median TTP 69. days; median LSS 155. days) and dogs with a better prognosis (median TTP 149. days; median LSS 322. days). BM analysis is an essential step in the staging of LBCL. The presence of BM infiltration by FC at diagnosis is a negative prognostic indicator in canine LBCL. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.

Marconato L.,Centro Oncologico Veterinario | Zorzan E.,University of Padua | Giantin M.,University of Padua | Di Palma S.,IDEXX Laboratories | And 2 more authors.
Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine | Year: 2014

Background: Mutation analysis of proto-oncogene c-kit (c-kit) is advisable before starting treatment with tyrosine kinase inhibitors in dogs with mast cell tumor (MCT), including those with metastatic disease. Testing is usually performed on primary tumors, assuming that c-kit mutation status does not change in metastasis. Hypothesis/Objectives: To give an insight into the mutational processes and to make a recommendation on the use of c-kit mutational analysis in the clinical setting. Animals: Twenty-one client-owned dogs with metastatic MCT. Methods: Dogs undergoing resection or biopsy for both primary and matched metastatic MCT were prospectively enrolled. Total RNA or DNA was extracted from primary MCT and corresponding metastases. Exons 8, 9, and 11 were amplified by PCR and sequenced. Genetic features between primary MCT and metastases were compared. Their correlation with clinicopathologic features was investigated. Results: Concordance (mutated or wild-type) of mutational status, evaluable in 21 primary and matched metastatic (20 nodal and 1 splenic) MCTs, was 100%. Three new c-kit mutations were identified. No significant correlation was detected between c-kit mutation and clinicopathologic features. Conclusions and Clinical Importance: Proto-oncogene c-kit mutational status is conserved between any primary and its matched secondary tumor, suggesting that both can be used for c-kit mutational testing. Targeted therapies might be also used to treat metastatic disease. © 2013 by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

Marconato L.,Centro Oncologico Veterinario | Gelain M.E.,University of Padua | Comazzi S.,University of Milan
Hematological Oncology | Year: 2013

Lymphoma represents the most frequent hematopoietic cancer in dogs, and it shows significant overlap with the human disease. Several environmental factors have been associated with canine lymphoma, suggesting that they may contribute to lymphomagenesis. Canine lymphoma often presents in advanced stage (III-V) at diagnosis and, most commonly, has an aggressive clinical course requiring prompt treatment, which relies on the use of polychemotherapy. In this review, we will summarize the state-of-the-art of canine lymphoma epidemiology, pathobiology, diagnostic work-up and therapy, and will highlight the links to the corresponding human disease, providing evidence for the use of dog as an animal model of spontaneous disease. © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Marconato L.,Centro Oncologico Veterinario | Comazzi S.,University of Milan | Leone V.F.,Centro Oncologico Veterinario | Laganga P.,Centro Oncologico Veterinario | And 3 more authors.
Clinical Cancer Research | Year: 2014

Purpose: Active immunotherapy is a promising antitumoral strategy; however its use in combination with chemotherapy in dogs with large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) remains largely untested. Heat shock proteins (HSP) bind the small peptides they chaperone (HSPPC), allowing for immunization of the host against a large repertoire of tumor-associated antigens. Hydroxylapatite vehicles HSPPCs and acts as an immunologic adjuvant. The aim of this study was to show that an autologous vaccine with hydroxylapatite and tumor-derived HSPPCs is safe and therapeutically effective in dogs with DLBCL. Experimental Design: Nineteen dogs with naturally occurring DLBCL were entered into a prospective randomized placebo-controlled double-blinded trial of HSPPCs-hydroxylapatite plus chemotherapy versus chemotherapy alone. Endpoints included time to progression (TTP), lymphoma-specific survival (LSS), and incidence of toxicoses. Results: Median first TTP after randomization to the vaccine arm was 304 days versus 41 days for the control arm (P = 0.0004). There was also a statistically significant difference in duration of second remission between the two groups (P = 0.02). Median LSS was 505 days for the vaccinated dogs versus 159 days for the unvaccinated dogs (P = 0.0018). Six vaccinated dogs achieved molecular remission, as shown by clonal immunoglobulin H (IgH) rearrangement. Toxicoses were comparable between the two treatment arms. Conclusions: The results of this trial demonstrate that the autologous vaccine tested here is safe and efficacious in prolonging TTP and LSS in dogs with DLBCL when used in combination with dose-intense chemotherapy. On the basis of these results, additional evaluation of this novel therapeutic strategy is warranted in human DLBCL. © 2014 American Association for Cancer Research.

PubMed | University of Zürich, North Downs Specialist Referrals and Centro Oncologico Veterinario
Type: | Journal: Veterinary and comparative oncology | Year: 2016

Stage 3b anal sac gland carcinoma (ASGC) can be life-threatening. A surgical approach is not always possible or may be declined. Dogs with stage 3b ASGC treated with surgery or conformal radiation therapy (RT) with 8 3.8 Gy (total dose 30.4 Gy, over 2.5 weeks) were retrospectively evaluated. Patient characteristics, median progression-free interval (PFI) and median survival time (MST) were compared. Twenty-eight dogs were included; 15 underwent surgery, 13 underwent RT. At the time of presentation, 21% showed life-threatening obstipation and 25% showed hypercalcaemia. PFI and MST for surgery cases were 159 days (95% CI: 135-184 days) and 182 days (95% CI: 146-218 days), both significantly lower than for RT cases with 347 days (95% CI: 240-454 days) and 447 days (95% CI: 222-672 days), (P = 0.01, P = 0.019). Surgery as well as RT led to a fast relief of symptoms. PFI and survival of surgical patients were significantly inferior to that of a comparable patient group treated with conformal hypofractionated RT.

Comazzi S.,University of Milan | Guscetti F.,University of Zürich | Marconato L.,Centro Oncologico Veterinario
Hematological Oncology | Year: 2014

This satellite meeting to the 12th International Conference on Malignant Lymphoma was conceived to bring together European researchers focused on canine lymphoma to explore several facets of this promising model of human disease. A series of invited lectures showed striking similarities between the two diseases namely in topics related to pathogenesis, diagnosis and classification and therapy. In particular, the potential value of the model was shown at the level of the NF-kB/p65 pathway, the Bcl-2 family of proteins, Ki67 and the S-phase fraction, as well as the MMPs, VEGF and PDGF. The utility of the growing body of well-characterized canine cell lines was stressed. The value of cytology and flow cytometry as tools for diagnosis, disease progression monitoring and prognosis were emphasized, whereas the failure so far of the standard immunohistochemical panel to differentiate between germinal centre and non-germinal centre diffuse large B-cell lymphomas subtypes in dogs was discussed. Further contributions included the report of encouraging results from a chemo-immunotherapy trial administered to dogs with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, an overview on the use of radiation therapy for canine lymphoma and the role of surgery in splenic lymphoma. Altogether, the success of this meeting, attended by more than 160 participants, documents the rising interest for the spontaneous canine lymphoma model. © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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