Use of minimally invasive surgery in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer in dogs and cats

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Surgical management of neoplastic disease is common in veterinary medicine. Minimally invasive surgery (MIS) has gained widespread acceptance by veterinary surgeons and is experiencing rapid growth and frequency of use. Many neoplastic diseases in the abdomen and thorax of dogs and cats can be treated as effectively with MIS as with traditional open surgery. Additionally, MIS allows for less invasive options for organ biopsy in cancer patients either for initial diagnosis or for staging to inform prognosis and treatment. Despite the recent increase in MIS, additional research is required to further characterize the benefits to oncology patients and to ensure that surgical oncologic principles and patient outcomes are not compromised by the use of MIS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number33
JournalVeterinary Sciences
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019



  • Laparoscopy
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Neoplasia
  • Staging
  • Surgical oncology
  • Thoracoscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • veterinary(all)

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