Radiotherapy of metastatic seminoma in the dog. Case reports

J Vet Intern Med. 1988 Apr-Jun;2(2):103-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1939-1676.1988.tb02802.x.


Four dogs with metastatic seminoma were treated with cesium 137 teleradiotherapy. Minimum total tumor dose ranged from 17 to 40 gray (Gy) and was usually given through bilateral opposing sublumbar ports in eight to ten fractions, with three fractions given weekly. The tumor regressed in all four dogs. The first dog (case 1) was free of tumor and died of non-tumor related causes at 57 months. The second dog (case 2) was free of tumor but was euthanatized at 37 months for a limb fracture. The third dog (case 3) was euthanatized for undertermined pulmonary disease 43 months after radiotherapy. The fourth dog (case 4) was euthanatized 6 months following radiotherapy because of transitional cell carcinoma and renal failure. No evidence of seminoma was found at necropsy. Radiotherapy was shown to be effective treatment for seminoma with regional metastasis.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cesium Radioisotopes / therapeutic use
  • Dog Diseases / radiotherapy*
  • Dogs
  • Dysgerminoma / pathology
  • Dysgerminoma / radiotherapy
  • Dysgerminoma / veterinary*
  • Male
  • Radioisotope Teletherapy / veterinary*
  • Testicular Neoplasms / radiotherapy
  • Testicular Neoplasms / veterinary*


  • Cesium Radioisotopes