Friday, November 28, 2014

Veterinary Highlights: Surgical Site Infections In Dogs With Bone Cancer

With both Jasmine's knee surgeries, one thing we were worried about a lot was a post-surgical infection. A lot of precautions need to be taken to prevent that.

When we were considering prolotherapy, the vet at the time acted as we were just asking for an infection to happen and those are just injections. He was throwing around words such as amputation and scared the living daylight out of me and certainly turned me off the idea.

After all, skin is a huge part of the immune system and if something gets underneath it the higher chance of things going awry.

Can a bad thing sometimes be a good thing?

It would appear so.

Study of medical records of 90 dogs with limb osteosarcoma revealed that infection of the surgical site after limb-sparing surgery seems in direct correlation to longer median survival time.

Two previous studies had similar results.

Is it that the immune system aroused by the infection does a better job getting on top of cancer cells as well?

There are studies examining the use of bacteria to stimulate the immune system to combat cancer.

No, nobody is ready to intentionally contaminate the surgical site.

But perhaps this can provide an inspiration for future treatment ideas.

Source article:
Surgical Site Infections Benefit Some Dogs with Bone Cancer

Further reading:
Evaluation of outcome and prognostic factors for dogs living greater than one year after diagnosis of osteosarcoma: 90 cases (1997-2008).

1 comment

  1. Interesting idea - I think it makes sense - would like to see further research on it.