Internal radionuclide therapy of primary osteosarcoma in dogs, using 153Sm-ethylene-diamino-tetramethylene-phosphonate (EDTMP)

Clin Cancer Res. 1999 Oct;5(10 Suppl):3148s-3152s.


Fifteen dogs were referred because of a spontaneous bone tumor, lameness, and local pain. The osteosarcoma diagnosis was established by clinical examination, X-ray, bone scintigraphy, and histological examination of biopsy material. The tumors were located in the extremities (n = 12), scapula (n = 1), maxilla (n = 1), and the frontal bone (n = 1). The dogs were given one to four i.v. injections of 153Sm-labeled ethylene-diamino-tetramethylene-phosphonate (153Sm-EDTMP; 36-57 MBq/kg body weight). Three dogs had surgery in addition to the radionuclide treatment. Platelet and WBC counts showed a moderate and transient decrease. No other toxicity was observed. Average tumor doses after a single injection were approximately 20 Gy, considerably higher in some areas because of inhomogeneous uptake. Macroscopically distant metastases were detected in seven dogs at autopsy. One dog died from an intercurrent disease, free of cancer, 5 months after the radionuclide treatment. None of the dogs was cured. The median and mean survival times from the first treatment to death or euthanasia were 150 and 252 days, respectively. Nine of the dogs had obvious pain relief, and five of them seemed pain-free: one for 20 months and one for 48 months. It is concluded that high tumor doses may be deposited in dog osteosarcomas by 153Sm-EDTMP, and the ratio between tumor dose and the dose to surrounding tissues is favorable. The treatment gives pain relief and in some cases tumor growth delay. In combination with surgery, 153Sm-EDTMP may prolong life significantly and possibly cure the disease because the development of metastases are seemingly postponed. No serious side effects were observed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Bone Neoplasms / radiotherapy*
  • Brachytherapy*
  • Dogs
  • Female
  • Male
  • Neoplasm Metastasis
  • Organophosphonates / therapeutic use
  • Osteosarcoma / radiotherapy*
  • Radiotherapy Dosage
  • Samarium / therapeutic use*


  • Organophosphonates
  • Samarium