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My 13 year old ***** ***** has been diagnosed with a tumor (near bladder). If the tumor is removed what is the % chance of a full recovery and would there be any side effects.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. Some lumps are serious and some aren't. Let's see what the Veterinarian has to say. What is the dog's name?

Snoopy

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Snoopy?

Bowel movements are quite loose and getting looser, also he has phantom wee's

Submitted: 7 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Gary, Dog Veterinarian replied 7 months ago
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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Hello Thank you for your help, are you able to provide an opinion re the above. Will await your response.
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Gary, Dog Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

This really depends on the type of tumor and what treatment is performed. My guess is that they have not identified the tumor type yet as we don't like to do needle aspirates into bladder tumors. They metastasize easily, so we can actually spread the tumor when we do this needle aspirate diagnostic procedure.

Most are diagnosed based on biopsy at surgery. The most common bladder tumor is a TCC- transitional cell carcinoma. The chance of a cure is pretty slim. The average survival time after surgery alone is ~ 6 months. When we do surgery + chemotherapy, we can get survival times up in the 10-12 month range. Survival over 1 year is uncommon.

Here is a nice write up on these tumors and the various surgical and non-surgical treatment options:

http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=1550

I hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions.

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Thank you for your thorough response.
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Gary, Dog Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

You're welcome.

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Gary, Dog Veterinarian replied 7 months ago
Hi,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

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