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Q. Hi. My 14 yr old beagle was just diagnosed with bladder cancer.How much time do we have? By giving peroxicam how much follow up will he need.

Answered By
DESTINI R. HOLLOWAY, DVM

A. Bladder cancer (typically Transitional cell carcinoma) has a median survival:
no therapy - 4-6 months
with therapy (Piroxicam + Chemotherapy)- 6-12 months
Long term prognosis is grave.

There are no statistics for just Piroxicam that I came across.

It is recommended to do an ultrasound every 6-8 weeks to determine the disease status and thoracic radiographs every 2-3 months to monitor for spread of the disease.

Answered By
DR. JENNIFER LADD, DVM

A. It is hard to give you an actual time range without knowing what grade it is, how much of the bladder is involved, and what type of cancer it is. It would also be important to know if you are pursuing any type of chemotherapy or surgical excision. The peroxicam is simply an anti-inflammatory, and if you were not pursuing any additional treatment I would probably have you want to steroid instead of the peroxicam, as steroids have a short term antitumor effect. Your dog cannot be on both however. I would be happy to consult with you in more detail but like I mentioned, I would need more information


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