Top Companion Anim Med. 2020 Jun 29;41:100461. doi: 10.1016/j.tcam.2020.100461. Online ahead of print.
Cyclophosphamide is commonly used in combination chemotherapy to treat dogs with lymphoma. The metabolite of cyclophosphamide, acrolein, can irritate urinary bladder and cause sterile hemorrhagic cystitis. Dividing the administration of cyclophosphamide across multiple days may reduce the concentration of this metabolite in urinary bladder and reduce the possibility of cystitis. However, the impact of the therapeutic effect of this modification is not evaluated and compared to traditional single
maximum-tolerated dose regimen. Seventy-two dogs with multicentric lymphoma received either bolus doses or divided doses of cyclophosphamide were included in this study. The incidence of hemorrhagic cystitis between 2 cyclophosphamide treatment groups was not significantly different (P = .357). There was no statistical difference in progression-free survival and survival time between 2 groups (P = .267 and P = .346). This modification of cyclophosphamide administration did not reduce the side effect of cystitis or affect remission and survival times in lymphoma dogs.