Further investigation 2 weeks later finally demonstrated
a small mass or lump palpable in the abdominal cavity. Needle
biopsies of this lump finally revealed the presence of a
specific type of bowel cancer known as adenocarcinoma.
In cats, this cancer is poorly responsive to chemotherapy
and radical surgery. Knowing what type of cancer we are
dealing with allows us to decide the treatment option which
is most likely to benefit the patient. More aggressive treatment
is only indicated where there is a realistic chance of making
the patient feel better.
In this instance the treatment option is straightforward.
Supportive treatment with steroids and in some cases antibiotics
can bring about a marked improvement for several months
and is the result we are hoping for. Quality not quantity
becomes the priority. If there is one thing that can be
assured is the standard of living for cats and "Poppy"
in particular in the Sulley household for the next few months.
Dunne BVMS, Cert SAO, MRCVS
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