New TCC diagnosis - what should I expect?

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New TCC diagnosis - what should I expect?

by JoeIndy on Fri Mar 08, 2019 03:33 AM

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My pup is almost 11 and was just diagnosed with TCC. He has typical more frequent urination, straining, blood, etc. Most everything I’m finding online discusses symptoms, treatments, etc. but virtually nothing about what to expect going forward. He’s undoubtedly my best friend and I’m heartbroken but I’m also trying to be logical in thinking things through. He started Piroxicam today but already peed twice in the house right in front of me (which he never does). My question is...Is there a “normal” progression I should expect? How quickly can incontinence become an issue?

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by ZippyBeta on Sun Mar 10, 2019 07:53 PM

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Sorry to hear about your new diagnosis, my Gyn was 11 when first diagnoised too. All dogs are different some live longer than what the Vets tell you. There is a good Facebook Group      Dog Transitional Cell Carcinoma (TCC) -Bladder Cancer, with lots of info. Make sure you add a stomach protectorant to prevent stomach ulcers caused by Piroxicam and always give it on a full stomach.

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by mellen on Thu Mar 14, 2019 12:50 AM

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Hi JoeIndy,
I am so sorry to hear about your pup!  I am somewhat new to the Cancer Compass website but there is a super board here that is titled CANINE BLADDER CANCER FINAL STAGES.  There is a lot of information on the board about what to expect.  There are some that have had their beloved pup die naturally and others that had to put them down.  My weimaraner, Gracie was diagnosed 7/27/18...she is a fighter and doing ok for now.  She has good days and bad days.  I'm not sure that there is a normal progression.  With our dog she started having accidents but we thought it was a UTI...she got frequent ones because she's a diabetic.  So we didn't think much of it until our vet suggested an ultrasound.  We put piddle pads out for her because she has accidents.  We have a waterproof mattress pad that we got through amazon (actually we have several) that we put on the bed for her.  And when she started bleeding and leaking we put tried both disposable diapers and cloth ones that have a maxi pad in them.  For now she's been doing well on the accident and leaking side.  We switched her peroxicam from morning to night instead.  That seems to have helped in our situation for her (and us) to get a few hours of uniterupted sleep.   I feel so bad for her because I know she does not want to pee in the house but it just happens - she truly can't help it.   Sending prayers and hugs to you guys...it's a horrible disease.  

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by JoeIndy on Thu Mar 14, 2019 12:56 AM

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Appreciate the information. I’ve found the Facebook group very informative too. So frustrating to see them suffer from this when their behavior and happiness is otherwise normal.

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by ptowntom on Sat Apr 06, 2019 10:50 AM

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On Mar 08, 2019 3:33 AM JoeIndy wrote:

My pup is almost 11 and was just diagnosed with TCC. He has typical more frequent urination, straining, blood, etc. Most everything I’m finding online discusses symptoms, treatments, etc. but virtually nothing about what to expect going forward. He’s undoubtedly my best friend and I’m heartbroken but I’m also trying to be logical in thinking things through. He started Piroxicam today but already peed twice in the house right in front of me (which he never does). My question is...Is there a “normal” progression I should expect? How quickly can incontinence become an issue?

Joe, I hope you are giving the piroxicam with food to your pup! I mix it up with wet/dry dog food and feed Maggie at noon with the piroxicam.... then feed her another meal around 6pm without the piroxicam... She has had NO issues so far...

My girl also was just diagnosed with a bladder mass that has come back cancerous on March 4th, and is 11 years old.... She has been on Piroxicam 10mg once a day since then.... she is approx 77 lbs.... I JUST located a clinical trial at Purdue in West Lafayette that involves taking Piroxicam, with two other drugs that I think you should consider. I think I am going to try this avenue too, just struggling with the distance since I am in SW Michigan... I have not had the problems your pup is having right now, but can tell you I am having pretty good luck so far with just  the piroxicam, but is has only been a month... I really do not want to go down the chemo and radiation avenue so believe this may be a way not to........below is the info on the clinical trial in West Lafayette if your interested... sure hope you seriously consider trying this. It could help!!

https://vet.purdue.edu/ctr/clinical-research/index.php

POOF Clinical Trial- (Piroxicam with Omeprazole Or Famotidine)

Dogs with Cancer Treated With Piroxicam

  • Description: A study to compare two commonly used gastroprotectants - famotidine and omeprazole – in dogs with cancer treated with piroxicam.
  • Eligibility: Any dog with a biopsy-confirmed diagnosis of cancer. Dogs with pre-existing kidney dysfunction or receiving gastroprotectants will not be enrolled.  A 2-week washout period is required for dogs treated with radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or a different non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID).
  • Financial Incentive: Office visits and labwork will be eligible for a research discount.  An additional incentive of approximately $65 per visit will be provided.
  • Primary Investigator: Drs. Christopher Fulkerson and Marejka Shaevitz

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