test have to be undergone before cancer is the definitive
diagnosis. This involves blood tests, x rays and ultrasound
that all help provide much needed information to diagnose
cancer. However the majority of cases need a biopsy in order
to confirm cancer as the diagnoses. If cancer is diagnosed
as the problem their are a few treatments available with the
most common ones being:
Surgery is the best chance for the cancer to be cured as
long as it is possible for the whole tumour to be removed.
If it is affecting tissue around the tumour it can be more
difficult and not possible for it to be removed and cured.
When leukaemia is the cause for the illness surgery is not
an option as it involves the blood stream.
Radiation can be used for parts of tumours that could
not be removed by surgery and for confined tumours that cant
be surgically removed. Cancerous cells dived fast and
radiation harms these cells, once treated the cancerous
cells can no longer divide leading to them dieing. Different
cancers react differently to radiation treatment were some
are affected well and die, were some are more resilient.
Chemotherapy can be used when many parts have been
infected by cancerous cells and surgery and radiation wont
be affective enough. Chemotherapy can be very commonly used
as a treatment for your cat. Many chemotherapy drugs for
cats are the same as the ones for humans but are not given
the same expected results. Use of chemotherapy in pets is to
provide a longer and happier life and not to cure the
problem. With this in mind, cats receive and react well to
chemotherapy but have to be watched so to notice weather
they are becoming ill by looking for reactions such as
vomiting, diarrhea and poor appetite. The loss of hair is
not common, but if any hair has been shaved of it may take
longer to grow back, also your cat may loss its whiskers.
Unfortunately all of the above may not help your much loved
Cat, although you may get a few more weeks if not months
left with your cat. Then their will come a time were your
cats standard of living is very low and he or she is very
uncomfortable, at this point it is time to say good bye and
have them put down.
Finding a bump
When you stroke your cat its to show affection, although
you should be aware of what you are feeling so to notice
anything out of the ordinary. If you are conscious when
stroking your cat, it may be worth making an effort feeling
around their mouth and neck and also around their mammary
glands to cheek for abnormal lumps. If any are found it is
good practice to take note on the size of the lump, the
location, the texture, the sensitivity of the lump meaning
weather it bothers your cat when its touched or anything
else such as it being ulcerated, oozing, bleeding or even
have a bad smell coming from it. Most lumps you may come
across will be harmless and it takes a competent vet to
asses weather it is harmless or not. Generally speaking
lumps that appear slowly and have defined edges are benign.
All tumours start small and grow larger so small lumps
should be monitored, also if you are monitoring a lump your
self, it is important to be attentive to its size. If the
lump gets larger all of a sudden or anything else changes
such as its texture, a trip to the vets should be the first
thing you do.
Possible signs that suggest your cat has cancer
Any un-usual swelling that continues and that grows
Blood or any other type of discharge coming from any
Sores that don't seem to heal
Continues lameness and/or stiffness
Sudden loss of stamina
Reluctant to exercise
Loss of weight
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