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Transitional Cell Carcinoma

June 12th, 2017 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

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Well, the mass found in Lucy’s bladder has been diagnosed as transitional cell carcinoma, unrelated to the cancer that she already has in her leg.  Our vet is consulting with the oncologists at NCSU to see what palliative treatment they recommend.  We decided against more chemo and I’m really hoping that’s the right decision for Lucy – she’s been through so much of that already and I don’t want to keep putting her through it.  She will most likely be started on Peroxicam.  The vet told me that the prognosis for dogs with TCC is 4-6 months without treatment and 6-12 months with treatment.  That is scary and heartbreaking but I try to keep in mind that Lucy was given 6 months at the beginning of  her histiocytic sarcoma diagnosis and that was 3 years ago; so we know Lucy lives by her own timeline.  She’s always been a bit stubborn!

In the meantime, Lucy is getting spoiled rotten.  She has enjoyed steak with her dinner, morning walks with her little sister Kona, and we’re planning a trip to the coast so she can spend time running on the beach and chasing seagulls.  She seems to be doing well, just taking her walks a little more slowly than she used to.  My goal is to keep her happy and pain free for as long as possible.


Out for a walk


Found something smelly to roll in


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2 Comments so far ↓

  • misterrustybucket

    I was so happy to find your update today! I’m glad you know what you and Lucy are dealing with now. It sounds like you are making the best decisions for Lucy and I know she is loving the extra spoiling. Your trip to the beach sounds fun and I will look forward to those pictures. I am not familiar with her cancer and will be interested to hear what treatment they recommend. I hope you have lots of great days ahead with Miss Lucy. Love, Amy & Rusty

  • misterrustybucket

    Hey there you were on my mind this morning and I wanted to check in and see how you and little Lucy are doing? Have you had your trip to the beach?
    Wishing you a wonderful day.
    Love, Amy & Rusty

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