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there's a quite debilitated maine-coon mix in rescue, who was in horrible condition when she came in. they've just started to get some weight on her, and she's still way up there on the pathetic-looking scale. she was just diagnosed with mammary cancer (mammary-gland cancer?), and they're trying to decide how best to deal with it.
the woman who has her in rescue has not had good experience with doing surgery on this particular form of cancer, nor have i. the decision they are considering is to just let her enjoy herself until the time comes that she cannot, rather than subject her to such invasive surgery. the first vet has said she has maybe a year without the surgery.
i've offered to take her, as i'm able to handle hospice work, but remembered that there's another rescuer closer to the cat, and talked to her about it: she's had EXCELLENT results with the same surgery, with two cats--one a FeLV+ cat.
the rescue is, of course, going to get a second opinion, but i thought i'd check with you all to see what you might know about this sort of situation.
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im a vet tech and ive seen quite a few cats do weel with the surgery. I would suggest xrays first to make sure it has no spread to her lungs and what not though. At the least prednisone ("cheap mans chemo") should give her some relief from swelling and keep her bulked up and help suppress the cancer some.
Out of 2 that have had it here, 2 have had perfect results from surgery. MamaCat died years and years (like 6) after her golf ball sized tumor was taken out, and she died of ancient age and other stuff unrelated to cancer. Cookie had a smaller one out about 2 years ago and is still fine.
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