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Lymphoma

DocMac

Site Supporter
#1
Anyone have practical experience with lymphoma? Our F3 girl (the one with the retained placenta, birthed a deformed kitten, IBD) was being spayed. The vet discovered about six inches of assorted lesions on her small intestine which we biopsied. Turns out the diagnosis is lymphoma. Vet ole about options, but I was in shock and can't remember what she said. I told her I'd speak to y'all before we made any decisions., so plz respond ASAP.


Josie
River Ridge
West Virginia
 

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Paige
Staff member
#4
Josie, what has the vet said your options are? I'm not sure chemo is the way to go, but I remember when my DSH Cisco, was originally diagnosed with lymphoma (but it was not), the prognosis was not good at all...I would not have put an 11 yo cat through chemo.

However, this is a young cat and I guess it depends on how aggressive the lymphoma is and what options you have been given.

I am so sorry to hear this...
 

Brigitte Cowell

Moderator
Staff member
#5
It is always my preference when dealing with a more serious illness to turn to a specialist vet...generally my vet suggests it. I can't expect my regular vet to be expert in everything. So I would suggest that you consult the best internal medicine specialist within reach of you. Or have your vet send the records off to a good specialist to consult also.

The best website I found is http://www.2ndchance.info/lymphomaCat.htm
There were three great and recently published articles linked under the alimentary tract lymphoma that I would read and maybe even print out for your vet too. The type of lymphoma seems crucial to deciding whether chemotherapy is a good option or not. As Paige says, being a young cat it is a different decision than when a cat is older.

When my Bobo was diagnosed with lymphoma he was 12 years old, and completely freaked out with vet visits and procedures... and additionally the type he had was unusual and unlikely to be treatable even if he could tolerate the chemo as he was on heart medications that were not compatible with some treatment options. With a younger cat that was healthy aside from this, it is a different decision.

I understand being in shock, I am so sorry for the news :-(
 

DocMac

Site Supporter
#6
Unfortunately, our Puli passed today from a very aggressive form of lymphoma. We had just begun treatment which seemed to have no effect. She lost control of her defication, urine, and started sneezing droplets of blood. It was a long holiday weekend, so we spent the last two days in bed together, with her on my lap, purring at times. She hadn't eaten all weekend. She asked us to help her pass and I'm ok.


Josie
River Ridge
West Virginia
 

Patti

Admin
Staff member
#7
I am so sorry Josie, she was very lucky to have such a loving and caring family, and I'm sure your life was enriched by the short time you had her with you.
 

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Paige
Staff member
#8
Unfortunately, our Puli passed today from a very aggressive form of lymphoma. We had just begun treatment which seemed to have no effect. She list control of her deification, urine, and started sneezing droplets of blood. She asked us to help her pass.


Josie
River Ridge
West Virginia
Josie, I am SO sorry to hear this...RIP Puli! It must have been so difficult for you, but you did the right thing...none of us wants to see an animal suffer :(
 

Chris Elliott

Savannah Super Cat
#10
You gave Puli the best life she could have, short though it was. And you did the right thing letting her go.

We've had to make that same decision several times. It's always hard, but they live on in our memories.

Uncle Jack, Sneezer, Molly, Kate, Dandelion, Darth, Denali, Glacier, Iceberg, Collie, Dickens, Vampire, Rosie, and Samwise, I remember you all and love you still.