TCC spreads very easily. There have been multiple reports of surgery causing the cancer spread. Tube placement into the bladder (through the urethra) may greatly prolong survival times by preventing urethral blockage. Radiotherapy (ionizing radiation, like the type X-rays give off) given during surgery is reported to result in longer survival times and better local control than chemotherapy. The potential side effects of radiotherapy during surgery are urinary bladder stricture and fibrosis with urinary incontinence.
Antibiotics based on the culture and sensitivity results should be prescribed to resolve any concurrent urinary tract infections.
Living and Management
TCC tumors cannot usually be surgically removed in dogs. While a cure is not attainable, the severity and speed of spread of TCC disease can be slowed down and delayed. Your veterinarian will schedule your dog for a contrast cystography or ultrasonography every six to eight weeks to see if treatment is effective and to screen for lymph node spread of TCC. Similarly, chest X-rays should be retaken every two to three months to detect any new cancer spread.
An in-depth examination of the properties of urine; used to determine the presence or absence of illness
A tube found between the bladder and the outside of the body; used to assist in urination.
A medical condition; implies that the patient is unable to control their urination.
urinary tract infection
Also referred to as a UTI; a medical condition of the urinary tract and system in which the cells are damaged by microorganisms.
The process of elimination when it comes to the bowels or the bladder
A band of tissue that makes a passage narrower
A medical condition involving frequent urination
Having a hard time urinating; pain while urinating
A covering of cells that turns into the outermost layer of skin and covers the body
Blood in the urine
Something that becomes worse or life threatening as it spreads
The process of removing tissue to examine it, usually for medical reasons.