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Oncology Clinical Trials at University of Tennessee Veterinary Medical Center

(Updated February 5, 2015  Knoxville, TN) -- The Oncology Service at the University of Tennessee Veterinary Medical Center (UTVMC) is currently conducting clinical trials recruiting the following tumor types: 

             Oncology Clinical Trials at the University of Tennessee Veterinary Medical Center in Knoxville


Updated February 2015

(If you are interested in enrolling your pet in a trial, please have your veterinarian contact the UT Oncology service at 865-974-8387 or ask for a referral to the UT oncology service for evaluation)


Dogs- histiocytic sarcoma (malignant histiocytosis), lymphoma, mast cell tumors,  osteosarcoma, soft tissue sarcoma,  transitional cell carcinoma (bladder)

Cats- lymphoma,




Trial: Multi-center NCI-sponsored clinical trial evaluating novel indenoisoquinolone chemotherapy agents for canine lymphoma and soft tissue sarcomas

The goal of this trial is to a drug in tumor-bearing dogs. Dogs must have confirmed lymphoma or soft tissue sarcoma (bulky disease) to be eligible for the trial. This trial is fully funded and clients will receive a $1000 incentive at the end of the study period (29 days) to use for future therapy.


2.      Tumor type: Canine lymphoma (high grade)

Trial:  Correlation of in vitro and in vivo responses to chemotherapy in canine lymphoma

In this study, we propose to correlate the data obtained from in vitro experiments with clinical response in your dog. The treatment offered is still standard of care. We will perform a fine needle aspirate of an enlarged lymph node to obtain cells for culture for this study in the same way as it is done for diagnostic purposes. We propose to test a variety of chemotherapy drugs in the cultured cells isolated from your dog's tumor. We will compare the clinical responses to chemotherapy with responses of cells in culture to same drug. We will preserve the extra tumor cells for future studies. These studies will help to develop the optimal (personalized) treatment. We believe that this is a valuable method for evaluation of new drugs for future clinical application. The study will cover the expenses for a CBC, chemistry/electrolytes, urinalysis, FNA (fine needle aspirate), immunophenotyping, chemotherapy drug and administration costs for dogs with T-Cell lymphoma during the initial visit, a recheck visit fee on day 7 will also be covered by the study (total cost of up to $500).



Trial: Evaluation of Orally Administered mTOR inhibitor Rapamycin.

This study seeks to identify an optimal dose of the mTOR inhibitor, rapamycin, to be advanced to a canine clinical trial that will assess the role of rapamycin as an antimetastatic agent in dogs with osteosarcoma and soft tissue sarcoma. An open label, prospective preclinical trial of orally administered rapamycin will be conducted in dogs with osteosarcoma and soft tissue sarcoma. This is a fixed schedule, dose escalation study in dogs with measurable tumors. The primary objective of this study is to identify a tolerable chronic exposure of oral rapamycin in tumor-bearing dogs that is achievable in human patients and has been demonstrated to inhibit metastatic progression in murine models. Toxicity will be evaluated via dose escalation and assessment of dose limiting toxicities (DLT) and parallel assessment of pharmacokinetic exposures. The study is FULLY FUNDED and will provide rapamycin for dogs that respond for up to 6 months of treatment.

4.       Tumor type: Feline high grade lymphoma.

Trial: Efficacy of High-dose L-asparaginase and Impact on Ammonia and Amino Acid Levels in Cats with High Grade Lymphoma.

The trial will evaluate the response of cats with lymphoma to a single treatment with L-asparaginase.  The trial period is one week and includes three visits to UT for blood sampling and re-staging tests. This trial is funded and includes a free dose of Elspar and imaging studies. Patients need to be newly diagnosed within 7 days of enrollment and not on other therapy.  After the study period ends, they may go on to receive other treatments. 


5.       Tumor type: Canine histiocytic sarcoma.

Trial: Phase II, Open Label Trial of Paccal VetŪ (water-soluble micellar paclitaxel) in Dogs with Histiocytic Sarcoma.

The trial will evaluate a new canine chemotherapy agent, Paccal Vet, for canine histiocytic sarcoma. Paccal Vet has been studied in other canine tumors. This trial is funded. Trial period is a minimum of 6 weeks (3 required visits to UT), but additional Paccal Vet provided if dog responds to treatment. Patients need to be off other therapies (including steroids) for 2 weeks prior to enrollment.


6.       Tumor type: Canine mast cell tumor.

Trial: Use of Kinavet (masitinib) for non-resectable canine mast cell tumors.

This is a double-blinded placebo-control trial that evaluates Kinavet in dogs with non-resectable mast cell tumors (2/3 of the dogs will receive Kinavet, 1/3 placebo). Dogs cannot be on chemotherapy and should be off steroids for at least 3 weeks. Must have visible tumor. A screening visit to determine eligibility is required. The trial is fully funded.


7.      Tumor type: Canine Bladder transitional cell carcinoma

Trial: Evaluating a novel optical imaging agent, fluorocoxib A, to detect cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) expressing cancers of bladder in female dogs. COX-2 enzyme is highly present in cancer cells, but not in normal cells that makes an attractive target for detection of cancer. This study using fluorocoxib A in dogs with naturally occurring cancers will assist to identify tumors that would benefit from COX-2 targeted NSAIDs. In addition, this study will assist to translate this novel imaging agent into clinical applications for detection of cancer, as well for monitoring the early responses to therapy not only in dogs, but also in human patients. This trial includes financial incentives to the client. Patients may be enrolled undiagnosed and the trial will pay for biopsy for diagnosis. Patients must be off NSAIDs for 2 weeks before enrollment or biopsy. Female dogs only. Trial period is approximately 24 hours.


Please note: For all trials, patients must be examined at UTCVM to determine eligibility. Clients are often responsible for the initial examination fee for the first visit (currently $129) and any tests required by that trial to determine eligibility (many trials require some staging tests performed to determine eligibility but some may cover the cost of some tests). Each trial has different funding and an explanation of covered costs and non-covered costs will be reviewed with each case.








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