Though guidelines suggest screening starts at 50, researcher says it's premature to change them
by Shillalah on Sat Jul 05, 2008 12:00 AM
by Mariahs_Mommie on Wed Jul 09, 2008 12:00 AM
How did your dog respond to chemo? That's an option I may take. She had the laser surgery on 6/19 and will be going for an ultrasound on the 7/21 and will be having a laser procedure on 8/5 to see if the tumor has grown back. My fur-baby is now on Peroxicam and I wondered if putting her through chemo would diminish her quality of life....which right now she is so full of.
by Shillalah on Thu Jul 10, 2008 12:00 AM
On 7/9/2008 Mariahs Mommie wrote:How did your dog respond to chemo? That's an option I may take. She had the laser surgery on 6/19 and will be going for an ultrasound on the 7/21 and will be having a laser procedure on 8/5 to see if the tumor has grown back. My fur-baby is now on Peroxicam and I wondered if putting her through chemo would diminish her quality of life....which right now she is so full of.
by Nonnie37 on Fri Jul 25, 2008 12:00 AM
by Netangel334 on Tue Jul 29, 2008 12:00 AM
On 7/5/2008 Shillalah wrote:One year ago my Lasa Nene now 14 years was diagnosed with TCC. She was immediately put on piroxicam, clavamox, and 3 radiation treatments. Within 2 days after her first treatment the blood in urine stopped and she became her old self, everyone was shocked! I also started making her own food and still do. She only had 3 chemo treatments, missing the other 3 because in Dec. 2007, 2 family crisis prevented me able to make the appointments. She is still on piroxicam once a day, and when she seems to be having a hard time uriniting, the vet puts her on clavamox. She needs to get another ultra sound this month. Her energy is great, almost as she was at 3 years old, and eats great, her hearing is going, but her urine normal, at least for now. At first the vet gave her 6 to 18 months. We are at 12 months and still no more blood or accidents, she does her normal bad, she just puts her head out the doggy door, but her butt is in the house! She is my shadow, my other little dog favors my boyfriend and could care less about following me. And I think that is cute too. I do not know why Nene is doing this good, maybe we caught this early, changing her diet to homemade health food, I just hope when she has to go to the Rainbow, it will be just old age, not cancer!
by Gentleannie on Sat Aug 09, 2008 12:00 AM
As I understand TCC is ot a tumor that grows out like a baseball but grows along the transitional cells of the bladder wall (thus the name transitional cell carcinoma).As the tumor gorws along the sides of th bladder, the "walls" thicken with tumor.
Again, as I understand it,you biggest concern is that as this tumor grows it blocks off the kidneys (it's okay to block off one but we all need one kidney to function) . If this should happen, there is nothing that can be done and kidney failure is inevitable (and I know from experience--very quick)
Now for the better news--my Annie was diagnosed 3 1/2 years ago and was given 6 months to live. The only medicine she has taken every day for the past 3 1/2 years is piroxicam. I hope this has been prescribed for your pet (and a few postings up, someone is offering some for free!!!) I've also learned on this board that AAA, if you are a member gives a discount on prescription drugs, even for your pets. (I get our piroxicam from a normal pharmacy.
I wish you all the best of luck with your baby--please take this advice I am about to offer,it will help you greatly. Don't worry right now and don't cry every day--take this time you have and enjoy every second you can with your pet. This time is the only time you have (whether it's six months or six years) don't waste it being sad. (You'll have plenty of time for that one day that I hope is a long way off)
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