Dr. Cerf Presents Transitional Cell Carcinoma Lecture to The Scottish Terrier Club of New England

     During Memorial Day Weekend, 2010, Dr. Dean Cerf and members of his medical support staff from the Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital traveled to The Scottish Terrier Club of New England in Hamden, Connecticut to present a lecture on Transitional Cell Carcinoma (TCC), bladder cancer, in dogs.  Sixty-three dogs had an ultrasound performed; along with a urinalysis and a Veterinary Bladder Tumor Antigen test (VBTA).  This was done at no charge as these dogs were participants in a study Dr. Cerf is conducting to determine if these combined methods will provide for earlier detection of TCC and, if found positive for bladder cancer, possibly provide a longer survival time as a result of earlier treatment and intervention.

     For the past few years Dr. Cerf has been lecturing and teaching laser techniques internationally to veterinarians for the treatment of TCC.  Last year he began offering free screenings to several breeds that are at high risk for this disease, including the Scottish Terrier.  Four breeds with a higher than usual rate of bladder cancer (TCC) are Scottish Terriers, West Highland White Terriers, Beagles, and Shetland Sheep Dogs.  Early detection of disease, especially cancer, can be crucial in extending and saving lives.

     Since 2001 Dr. Cerf has been developing a minimally invasive Ultrasound Guided Endoscopic Laser Ablation (UGELAB) technique to provide palliative treatment for TCC cancer patients and in many cases offer a longer, more comfortable life.  To date, seventy patients have benefited from the use of Ultrasound Guided Endoscopic Laser Ablation (UGELAB) for transitional cell carcinoma. 

     The information collected from this screening and others like it will help to develop better methods of early detection, which should provide for the best chance of dealing with TCC.

     Data is still being collected and evaluated from the 63 participants at the Scottish Terrier Club of New England screening, and to date many of the ultrasounds and urine tests have discovered urinary tract infections, bladder stones, and potential TCC tumors.  Thus demonstrating the value of routine evaluation beyond the search for TCC alone.  Again, early detection can improve lives.

     If you have questions about TCC or are interested in screening your dog, please contact our office at 201-447-6000.

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