Fibrosarcoma in my cat

by Larry
(East Windsor NJ)

QUESTION:

My cat Chloe is being treated by Dr. McCann at Princeton Animal Hospital (NJ) and Dr. Nelson, Ewing NJ, for a Fibrosarcoma. They surgically removed the tumor and one toe, but the tumor has returned 3 months later.

Amputation of the leg seems to be the consensus on how to treat her now. I would LOVE to avoid amputation. Would you review this product: Amazon Salve for Cats, Dogs & Horses (102g) Formerly sold as Cansema sold at Alpha Omega Labs. Here is the link: http://www.herbhealers.com/store/cansemar-salve-for-cats-dogs-and-horses... Is there anyway I can avoid amputation without her suffering unnecessarily? She is a young 13.

Thanks,

Larry



Hi, Larry,

Your question comes to me at an appropriate time - I made a house call just a few days ago to see a cat that had fibrosarcoma several years ago. My visit this time was just for her annual examination.

The cat was happy, healthy, cancer free and running around on her 3 legs without a worry or pain. I am certain she would not be alive if she had not had her leg amputated when she had fibrosarcoma.

Fibrosarcoma is very aggressive, very fast-growing, and deadly. In my opinion, your cat's leg should have been amputated when the first tumor appeared. That is how horrible fibrosarcoma is in cats.

I cannot review the product you mention because I am not familiar with it. However, I strongly believe there is no cure for your cat other than amputation. I strongly recommend amputation if you want to save your kitty's life.

I have seen two many cases of fibrosarcoma that were not aggressively treated and the result was the loss of the cat's life. It sounds like you love your kitty very much. I certainly understand how horrible it seems to put a cat through a leg amputation. If I had not seen how quickly cats rebound from this surgery and how long and normal their lives are after surgery, I, of course, wouldn't recommend it.

I have a terrible time watching an animal suffer and wouldn't recommend anything that would cause suffering UNLESS that suffering would be very temporary and would most likely lead to a great outcome. In addition, any suffering from the pain of surgery can be well controlled if your veterinarian uses appropriate pain relief.

I would hate to see you avoid surgery while trying other measures only to find out they didn't work and that you want the surgery after all, but it is too late. That is an outcome that is very difficult to live with for many years to come.

Of course, ultimately, the decision is yours, but I hope you will carefully consider your vet's recommendations and the available literature before you make your decision.

Loads of Best Wishes,
Dr. Neely

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