The goal of this trial is to offer cutting edge therapy to eligible dogs with brain tumors intended to preserve the quality of life and improve long-term survival rates. Additionally, we will use the information gained from treating dogs to design similar treatments for people with brain tumors.
Our experienced collaborators at the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine, have treated over 200 dogs with brain tumors under other trials. The goal of this new trial is to provide treatment to dogs with canine using a specialized catheter system that draws tumor cells out of the brain.
The majority of the costs associated with these experimental brain tumor therapies are paid for by grants from foundations and government agencies.
While still at the preclinical stage, this novel approach to treat brain tumors has already been published and peer-reviewed in high impact scientific journals (including prestigious Nature Materials), and recently received a Breakthrough Designation from the FDA to ultimately be studied in human patients with high priority.
2. In order to determine if the tumor is operable and your dog is eligible for the study, Dr. Pluhar must be able to review the MRI.
If you live near the Veterinary Medical Center (VMC), your dog can have the MRI here. Please call 612-626-8387 to request an appointment with the Neurology Service to schedule this or your veterinarian can request the MRI using the AVID Service.
From other locations, please obtain an MRI at a Neurology clinic in your area. Once complete, we would like a copy of the images and report sent here, or if the Neurology clinic can do a 'DICOM' transfer, we will accept that (if the clinic can do this, they will know what that means). Please have them contact the CIC for instructions. To send by mail or FedEx, please use this address: Dr. Liz Pluhar College of Veterinary Medicine 339 Veterinary Medical Center 1352 Boyd Ave. St. Paul, MN 55108
3. Once Dr. Pluhar reviews the images, she will be in touch with the owner or veterinarian with the next steps.
Dogs with glioma, as seen on MRI contact Dr. Pluhar at 612-625-1162, firstname.lastname@example.org