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Companion Animal Practice
Principles of oncological surgery
  1. Duncan Lascelles

    Duncan Lascelles graduated from Bristol in 1991. He gained a PhD in aspects of preemptive analgesia in companion animals, before taking up his current post of CSTF resident in small animal soft tissue surgery at Cambridge. His particular interests lie in oncological and reconstructive surgery and the alleviation of acute and chronic pain in companion animals.

  2. Dick White

    Dick White qualified from the Royal Veterinary College, London, in 1975 and gained his PhD in 1980. He is lecturer in small animal soft tissue surgery at Cambridge, with special interests including oncological, ENT, respiratory and reconstructive surgery. He is a diplomate of both the American and European Colleges of Veterinary Surgeons.


SURGICAL treatment of neoplastic disease is playing an ever-increasing role in the veterinarian's approach to cancer therapy. In order to carry out successful oncological surgery, surgeons require more than a comprehensive knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and resection and reconstruction techniques for the specific area or organ involved. A thorough understanding of general tumour biology, the specific characteristics of the neoplasm involved, the stage of the disease and thus the prognosis, and the adjunctive therapies that may be appropriate, is also essential in each case.

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