Atlas of tumours. Oncology in daily clinical practice
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Atlas of tumours. Oncology in daily clinical practice

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This book describes a practical, simple work protocol which may be useful to most of those first-opinion veterinary practitioners who have to deal with cases of neoplasia in their practices. It combines the experience in clinical oncology of a first-opinion veterinary surgeon and the knowledge of a veterinary practitioner specialised in this field, and includes a wide variety of images of the most common tumours in small animals as well as in exotic species. Some key aspects such as how to collect and send samples to the laboratory, and basic surgical techniques in oncology are also addressed.

Adrián Duarte Romairone

Pegar aDegree in Veterinary Medicine from the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences, General Pico, La Pampa, part of the National University of La Pampa (Argentina). Currently in the final stage of his PhD.
Veterinary clinician since 1987. Owner of Centro de Diagnóstico Veterinario, which specialises in diagnosing diseases in companion animals and birds of prey. Owner and editor of the website
His areas of interest include clinical oncology, diagnostic cytology, soft tissue surgery, oncology and traumatology, with a particular focus on osteosynthesis by internal and external fixation, and medical and surgical pathology of birds of prey.

Juan Carlos Cartagena Albertus

Degree in Veterinary Medicine, Zaragoza, 1987. Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), Master of Science (MSc), accredited by AVEPA in the fields of oncology and soft tissue surgery and university specialist in endoscopy and minimally invasive surgery (EAMIS). He is also a member of the European Society of Veterinary Oncology (ESVONC) and of the endoscopy, oncology and soft-tissue surgery working groups of AVEPA.
He currently works at Night Vets Limited in Upminster, UK.

General aspects of clinical oncology
1. Basic principles of the diagnostic approach

Paraneoplastic syndromes
Clinical signs of suspected cancer

  • Abdominal enlargement
  • Alopecia
  • Nail disorders
  • Cutaneous calcinosis (calcinosis cutis)
  • Faecal alterations
  • Vomiting
  • Oestrogen-secreting tumours
  • Haematuria
  • Horner syndrome
  • Jaundice
  • Limb swelling

2. Sample collection and transport to the laboratory

Sample collection

  • Biopsies and punctures
  • Biopsy material
  • Endoscopic biopsy
  • Fixation and storage of the sample

3. Principles of surgical oncology Safety margins

Surgical manipulation of the tumour

  • Preplanning
  • Proper handling
  • Use of antibiotics
  • Estimation of caloric and electrolyte requirements
  • Cancer types by system

4. Tumours of the reproductive system in males and females
Female reproductive system:

  • mammary tumours
  • Introduction
  • Histological classification
  • Prognostic factors
  • Treatment

Male reproductive system: testicular neoplasms

  • Introduction
  • Tumour characteristics
  • Diagnosis
  • Treatment
  • Prognosis

Male reproductive system: prostatic

  • neoplasms
  • Introduction
  • Clinical signs
  • Diagnosis
  • Treatment

5. Skin tumours
Diagnostic approach in the clinic

  • The importance of cytology

Common skin tumours

  • Papillomas
  • Squamous cell carcinoma
  • Neoplasms of the sebaceous glands
  • Adenoma of the perianal glands or hepatoid cells
  • Lipomas
  • Schwannoma
  • Melanoma/melanosarcoma
  • Histiocytoma
  • Epitheliotropic lymphoma
  • Mastocytoma
  • Trichoepithelioma
  • Fibrosarcoma

6. Tumours of the digestive system
Oral malignancies

  • Overview
  • Canine oral tumours
  • Feline oral tumours

Gastric neoplasms

  • Overview
  • Canine gastric adenocarcinoma
  • Canine gastric leiomyoma or leiomyosarcoma
  • Alimentary lymphoma
  • Canine gastric plasmacytoma

Intestinal neoplasms

  • Overview
  • Rectoanal polyps and papillary adenoma
  • of the rectum
  • Intestinal adenomas and adenocarcinomas
  • Intestinal carcinoid tumours
  • Alimentary lymphoma

7. Neoplasms of the eye and orbit
Neoplasms of the eyelids

  • Neoplasms of the eyelids in dogs
  • Neoplasms of the eyelids in cats

Other neoplasms
Intraocular neoplasms
Orbital neoplasms
Mesenchymal tumours
Secondary intraocular tumours
Diagnostic investigation
8. Neoplasms of the limbs. Osteosarcoma

  • Physical factors
  • Genetic factors

Clinical signs

  • In the limbs
  • In the axial skeleton
  • General clinical signs of systemic disturbance


  • Diagnostic radiology
  • Cytological and histopathological diagnosis

9. Neoplasms in non-traditional species
Common tumours in non-traditional species

  • Renal adenocarcinoma in a parakeet
  • Osteosarcoma in a ferret
  • Feather cysts
  • Melanocytic tumour and squamous cell carcinoma
  • Uterine tumour in a rabbit
  • Abdominal tumour (ovarian) in a squirrel
  • Mastocytoma in a goshawk
  • Thymoma in a Bonelli’s eagle
  • Bile duct carcinoma
  • Cutaneous xanthomas
  • Papilloma in the external ear canal of a Russian hamster

10. Practical chemotherapy

  • Adjuvant chemotherapy
  • Metronomic chemotherapy
  • Small molecule inhibitors (SMI)

Side effects of chemotherapy

  • Neutropenia and sepsis
  • Gastrointestinal disorders

Annex 1. Most commonly used drugs in veterinary oncology
Annex 2. Weight to body surface area conversion table

  • Autor/es Adrián Romairone Durarte, Juan Carlos Cartagena Albertus
  • Fecha de edición diciembre 2014
  • Nº Páginas 200
  • Encuadernación Tapa dura
  • Tamaño 22 X 28
  • Idioma Inglés

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