Cancer Therapy in Cats

May 13, 2012 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Health

The cats are lovely pets. There are so many health issues in cats just like the human beings. The cancer problem is very common in cats. Let us discuss here about the treatment options available, the expected prognosis and the cat owners role etc.

The cancer treatments are in general time consuming and expensive. The cat owner must clear all his doubts before deciding about the treatment option. Of late the cancer treatment is very effective and there are very minimal side effects due to the advancement in the field of cancer treatment. The pain management and the nutritional support plays vital role in the out come of the cancer treatment.  Many cancer types can be cured completely if treated early. The lovely pet cats can live longer now days. The pet owner is also a part of health care team and hence the pet owner should under stand more about the cancer treatment options.

One should be aware that there is no single treatment for cancer. The cancer treatment plan varies from case to case and the treatment option needs to be customized. Cancer treatment is always a combination of treatment. This way the cancer can be treated quickly and the side effects can be minimized to a great extend.

Radiation therapy

Radiation therapy requires special equipment and not every hospital will have this. Hence it is the duty of the owner to enquire about the hospital before selecting the place of treatment. There are side effects in radiation therapy also. The side effects are because of the burn of the tissues that are located in the vicinity of the affected part. If the tumour is located near very sensitive tissue, then the radiation treatment is bit complicated.  The sensitive tissues will be damaged badly due to radiation and the side effect will be more severe. In general the affected good tissue will regenerate in due course and the normal function can be restored.

In radiation therapy the tumour cells are targeted and the radiation renders the tumour cells unable to multiply and as the result the tumour shrinks in size. Over the period of time the tumour cells will be completely destroyed and the tumour will disappear completely. The tumours that can not be removed by way of operation are treated with radiation. The cats are given anaesthesia while treating them with radiation in order to restrict the movement of the animal for better focussing of the targeted tissue.

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is nothing but treating the tumour with chemicals. The chemotherapy is very effective but the side effects are very intimidating. At present different chemicals are used at very low frequency and dosage along with anti cancer agents to improve the efficiency of the treatment as well as reducing the side effects. The treatment is carried out in such a way that there is sufficient time gap between each administration. This will help the cat to cope up with the side effects. The possible side effects are poor appetite, nausea, vomiting, low white cell count, irritation at the sight of the injection, lethargy, poor immune function etc.

The chemicals that are used in the cancer treatment destroy the cells that are dividing faster. The cancer cells multiply faster and hence are targeted by the injected chemicals.  The side effects are because the normal cells that divide also get affected by the chemical used to destroy the cancer cells. The cells in the gut and immune system divide faster and hence are affected more during the chemotherapy as they are caught in the cross fire.

Surgery

Surgical removal of the tumour is very common practice. The external tumours are removed using the surgery. There are so many surgical techniques such as laser surgery, cryosurgery, radiosurgery and traditional scalpel surgery. The most difficult aspect of the surgical treatment is removing the tumour cells completely leaving nothing in the body. In general the surgeon will remove not only the tumour but also the tissue surrounding the tumour in order to ensure the cancer cells are completely removed from the body. The removed tissue will be sent to pathology lab for histopathological study to confirm the diagnosis. As it is not possible to remove the cancer cells completely using surgical technique, this treatment option will be combined with chemotherapy or radiation therapy.

Adjunctive care

The cancer patient should be given best nutrition. But extra nutrition needs to be avoided.  The food provided should be digested easily and ingredient provided should be of high quality. The cat should be hand fed to increase the appetite. At times the appetite stimulant also needs to be provided.

Is there any link between the Rabies and Cancer?

October 27, 2011 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Health

The rabies is a deadly dangerous disease and there is no cure for the rabies and hence only prevention is the only way. There are many rabies vaccines available in the market and those are very effective in controlling the rabies.

There are reports of late that the cats that are vaccinated with rabies vaccine develop cancer. The scientists were baffled with the reports and started working towards finding the root cause for the cancer. Aluminium is used as adjuvant in the rabies vaccine and the same was found to be triggering the cancer growth in the cats. The veterinarians administer the rabies vaccine in the right hind leg. In case there is cancer [sarcoma], the leg of the cat can be amputated so that the cat at least can survive. The FELV used can also result in sarcomas and hence this vaccine is used in the left hind leg of the cat.

There will be swelling at the sit of the injection in almost all situations. These swellings will disappear after some time. In case the swelling does not subside then the same should be reported to the vet at the earliest.

As per the article written by Barbara e.kitchell DVM in the name of “feline vaccine associated sarcoma “, the sarcoma induced by the rabies vaccine will have following signs. The mass that develops post injection does not reduce even after 3 months. The swelling developed will be larger than 2 cm in diameter. The swelling developed will increase in size after one month.

Treatment

Sarcomas are killer disease and there is very less chance for cure unless detected at very early stage. Surgical removal of the tumour and the tissue surrounding is the best. In required amputation of the leg may be tried to save the life of the cat. Chemotherapy and radiation are the other treatment options available.

Cat Colon Cancer Symptoms – Why is it tough to distinguish Them in Advance?

December 05, 2009 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Diseases
One of the most harmful ailments that your cat can get affected with is the Feline Colon Cancer. Why is the colon cancer so harmful and fatal? Is it another normal disease which can be spotted out when it is on its initial stages? That are all the different therapies which you can make your cat get in order to restore good health in your cat. Reading on will positively make one aware about this disease.

Why colon cancer is feared ? It is due to a plain fact that it cannot be diagnosed and detected well in advance. Normally there is a misunderstanding which makes people to downplay the colon cancer indications to be a ordinary intestinal disorder. Diarrhea, loss of hunger, blood leakage in urine and fees, complexity to defecate  .The important aspect here is that the cats with intestinal blockages or normal infections show the same indicators which makes the pet owners to take no notice of these. Thus it spreads and makes the condition of the cat detrimental.

After finding your cat reacting and responding monotonously probably one should be consulting a vet. Considering the enormity of the feline colon cancer the pet owner should make it to the clinic as soon as possible. Doing so one will be able to protect their cats as turning up late never ever helps your cat to get back on track with a healthy state. Especially the severe the stage of the cancer development is the more will be the possibility of a casualty.

Depending on the severity of the disease which the cat has picked up the vet will provide medications accordingly. The suggestions would be treatment like operation, chemotherapy and medications that are given for cancer affected ones using radiology. Out of the above three chemotherapy is the widely preferred one. Make sure that the cat doesn’t respond badly to the pain that these treatments and their side effects bring forth to them.

Apart from the established and conservative methods, a natural therapy is believed to present extra backing up of the important organs of the cat so as to enhance its metabolic activity and augment its resistive power. The medicines of the natural therapy are said to pose lesser side effects as these products are predominantly natural. Seek advice from your vet for sure while beginning to go for the natural therapy.

Cat colon cancer is said to have some symptoms which should not be mistaken for other intestinal bugs. It is an important issue and deserves immediate attention and further inspection at the hands of a recognized vet. The lifespan of the cat is determinate on the treatment that it is being given and the nourishment that you provide. Do try to go to the vet if you find your cat unhealthy and make it live longer. As a responsible owner constantly monitor the activities of your pet and make them lead a healthy life.