Here is some more information about his tumor, from his pathology report:
1. "well differentiated" (I've read this is a good thing; less differentiated fibrosarcomas are more malignant) 2. "There are no mitotic figures noted in ten, 400X fields" (Another good thing?) 3. "Anisocytosis and anisokaryosis are mild." (I have no clue if this is a good thing) 4. "The neoplastic cells do not extend to the histologically examined section margins." (Definitely a good thing)
Stuff left out of the report: 1. Size (actual measurement) of margins 2. Vascular invasion 3. Grade of cancer 4. Prognosis
Thank you for the information. He is mostly back to normal but he is sleeping a more than usual and his appetite is a little low (he's eating about 1/2-2/3 what he normally eats). I'm thinking his appetite will be better once he is done with the antibiotic
The small, slow-growing tumor on his head turned out to be a fibrosarcoma, so now I'm more worried about that than his kidneys. View Thread
My five-year-old cat had a hard, round, pea-sized, very slow-growing (he's had it for 4 years) tumor removed from his head last week. Today I had the stitches removed and the vet told me that the tumor was a fibrosarcoma, which I definitely did not expect. Luckily the pathology report showed that the margins were clean (I'm sooo thankful the vet removed the lump with WIDE margins).
My vet is going to consult with a veterinary oncologist at a local university on Monday to find out if he should receive radiation.
I was wondering if a ketogenic diet can help with this type of cancer. Also, are there prescription ketogenic diets available for cats, or would I need to consult with a veterinary nutritionist and make the food myself?View Thread
My cat has his stitches removed today and the vet discussed the pathology report. Unfortunately, the lump was a fibrosarcoma. The vet is going to call a veterinary oncologist at the local university on Monday to find out if he should receive radiation. I am definitely pretty shocked. It's hard to believe that such a slow-growing lump could contain something aggressive.
I do have a little bit of hope because the report said that the margins did not contain any cancerous cells. I'm so glad my vet took such wide margins!View Thread
How long can a cat go without water before damage to the nephrons in the kidneys occurs?
My cat had surgery on Wednesday and when I picked him up Thursday afternoon, the receptionist casually informed be that he refused to eat or drink anything after the surgery, which means he hadn't had any fluids since Tuesday morning--so he'd been without fluids almost 60 hours.
He did not receive IV fluids during the surgery because although I had requested them (because I was concerned about lack of renal perfusion during surgery) and they added them to the estimate, they decided not to give them to him because his pre-anesthetic screen was normal.
If, say, 10% of his nephrons were destroyed due to lack of fluids for 60 hours and blood pressure drop during surgery, would there be any way for me to know? Would a urine specific gravity test detect a small amount of kidney damage, or does kidney damage have to be severe before any test will pick it up?View Thread
My cat's surgery went well. His appetite seems suppressed, but he is on both Amoxicillin (antibiotic) and Meloxicam (a NSAID), which could be making his stomach feel sick.
He has to stay on the antibiotic for 14 days..."pilling" him is difficult so it's going to be a long 14 days! I really wish he had a liquid antibiotic (syringing liquid into his mouth is easier than making him swallow a pill).
They definitely excised the tumor with wide margins; he has a two-inch-long slit on his head that is stitched together. I'll take a picture later.
He gets his stitches out between 12/28 and 1/1. Perhaps by then the pathology report will be done.View Thread
My 4.5 year old cat has a hard lump on his head, which first appeared when he was around 9 months old and has since grown to the size of a pea. I've always thought it was just a cosmetic thing, and the vet tech even jokes about it and calls him "nougat head." At his wellness check in November, the vet commented that it should come off when he has his teeth cleaned, which I'm planning to have done December this year. Recently I got the estimate for his surgery, which included a histopathology and a ONE HOUR (!!!) estimated max time for tumor removal, which prompted me to starting looking up cat tumors online and now I'm sort of worried! I tried calling the vet back to see if having it removed ASAP is recommended, but there's no record of it in his chart, at least from his last visit. Are these skin lumps common in cats? Even if it's not cancerous now (it's very slow-growing), can they quickly turn cancerous? Is the general recommendation to watch the lump, or have it removed ASAP? If I do decide to move up his surgery, should I wait for his steroid shot to wear off (he got it this April, for hair loss on his throat), since corticosteroids suppress the immune system?
I've attached pictures. The bump is not normally visible like that; I parted his fur and it stayed like that for a little bit. The fur that grows on the base of the bump make it difficult to see how much it protrudes. It's like a small, hard pea.
I took my kitty to the vet this past Tuesday. I said I wanted to rule out ringworm and yeast, and hinted that I wanted a fungal culture. My vet said that ringworm is very distinctive, and it doesn't look like he has it. She suspects that he has inhalant allergies, which usually develop between 3-5 years old (he's 4). She thought that a steroid injection might be a way to diagnosis him (if the fur stops falling out, it's probably an allergy). After discussing possible side effects and complications of the injection (I was concerned about Cushings, diabetes, etc.), I was reassured that the injection usually has few side effects in cats, so I okayed it. It's a few days later and he seems to be doing fine. What's strange is that for the past few nights, while brushing his teeth, I haven't had to clean any eye goop out of the corners of his eyes. It could just be a crazy coincidence, but if it goes for a whole week like that it would be really hard to believe.
If the steroid really helps, I might put my cat on a carefully designed, cooked homemade diet. Currently he eats EVO dry Turkey and Chicken, which I add water to. There is this idea that everyone has a histamine threshold (obviously, some histamine is required for normal function), and once you go over that threshold, you start having bothersome symptoms. Sometimes you go over that threshold just by having an allergic response to something (either inhalant or food), but other times you don't notice symptoms until the histamine produced due to the allergy and dietary histamine (from high-histamine foods like cheese, vinegar, sauerkraut, yogurt, meat and poultry that aren't fresh (or frozen immediately after cooked, if not eaten), fish that wasn't gutted and cooked immediately) combine to push you over your histamine threshold. This idea has been tested only a little in humans, and probably not at all in cats, but it might be worth a try to give my cat fresh food, so long as I have a carefully balanced recipe.View Thread