Urothelial carcinoma (UC), a common cancer of the urinary tract, is both challenging to diagnose and treat effectively. The current gold standard for UC diagnosis is via tissue biopsy but this requires specialized equipment, sufficient tumor size for biopsy, and can be expensive for many owners. Researchers are evaluating a newly developed test to see if it is capable of early detection of urothelial carcinoma. If proven effective, earlier diagnosis prior to the development of clinical signs holds promise for improved survival and quality of life for the 40,000 to 80,000 dogs diagnosed each year with this devastating cancer.
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North Carolina State University
Shelly L. Vaden, DVM, PhD