My Vizsla Amber with Transitional Cell Carcinoma
I guess I am just looking for support and maybe some new information.
My 8 year old Vizsla, Amber was diagnosed with transitional cell carcinoma (tcc) in her urethra about a month ago.
It started when I noticed that she was having to pee more often, she peed in my car one night. We ran a UA and my vet treated her for a UTI. When that didn't work we did a urine culture and put her on different antibiotics. That didn't work either so my vet thought we should do a biopsy with a cystoscopy. That is when we got the diagnosis of cancer. If it was in her bladder they could more easily cut it out, but in the urethra it isn't usually possible.
She is on Deramaxx once a day, a cox inhibitor which is thought to decrease the growth rate of this cancer. Last week she had her first round of chemotherapy, a drug called Mitoxantrone. She handled it OK. She seems tired though. She hasn't had a huge appetite for about a month now - she used to eat with such gusto. Now she acts like she's eating just to get full. That was before the chemo too though.
She still goes on hikes with us and our other dog, Rye. She lives to run in the hills. So far other than having to pee very often (we got her a doggy door) and not being very excited about her food she is normal.
I know people say that dogs handle chemo better than humans but what exactly do they mean by that? I want her to be normal again. I want my healthy dog back. She is such an athlete, so strong, so beautiful, this is just killing me knowing there is something eating her up in there and I can't stop it.
This cancer is a kind that doesn't really have a cure, there are treatments to slow it down but my vet told me that she would most likely die from it. How do you accept that? I am having the hardest time with this. I of course knew that she wouldn't live forever but still, this seems different than living to 12 or 13 and having to put her to sleep due to general old age.
Love to all your pets going through cancer.
Claire and Amber