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Feline fibrosarcoma – making him comfortable

by Nichole Nugent
(Decatur,IL,USA)

My cat Chester is approx 15 years old. He was diagnosed in September 2010 as having Feline Fibrosarcoma.

He has a large (about the size of a baseball) lump under the skin on his left shoulder that may have been caused from vaccinations.

His Dr told me that radiation and chemotherapy or surgery would help extend his life by maybe months.

I cannot afford chemo and radiation treatments and he told me surgery may or may not prevent it from growing back.

Most likely it would reappear, growing more aggressive. So it has been four months since I have talked to the dr.

He told me Chester may have 8 months to live. I was wondering if anyone else out there had any experience with this and could give me any advice on how to make my cat comfortable (meds or anything at all).

I’ve read that the tumor may open up, so far it hasn’t and I’m not sure it will.

Chester has never been a very energetic cat so it’s hard for me to know if he’s in pain. He does limp a little and his back and tail twitch a lot.

I don’t know if that’s a side effect of the tumor or not. I would appreciate any advice on how to handle this.

I really do wish I had the tumor removed when it was a lot smaller 🙁 He is a wonderful cat with quite a personality!

My boyfriend and I adore him and hope maybe there’s a little more we can do for him. Thank you for any advice at all!!!

Nichole

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Feline fibrosarcoma – making him comfortable

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Jan 19, 2012 Feline fibrosarcoma
by: Anonymous

Thank you so much for the information. It is helpful, I appreciate it 🙂
Nichole


Jan 19, 2012 Sorry to hear about Chester
by: Michael

Thanks for sharing Nichole. I am sorry to hear about Chester. Vaccine associated cancer is said to be aggressive. And surgery is difficult with recurrence frequent so you have made the right decision it seems.

I am not sure that there is a lot you can do over and above the obvious.

Pain management must be a factor but I guess you don’t know if he is pain.

Nutrition is one factor. Apparently cancer likes carbohydrates and does not like fats.

Dry cat food is high in carbohydrates. Adding omega- fatty acids, fish oil to the diet might help a bit. Adding arginine (an amino acid) might also slow the cancer.

Feline fibrosarcoma – I don’t think this will tell you anything you don’t already know, however.

You can buy L-Lysine (amino acid) combined with arginine in a capsule or powder. I don’t know how effective this will be. The info comes from excellent sources.

The best of luck.


Michael Broad

Hi, I'm a 71-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in a many jobs including professional photography. I have a girlfriend, Michelle. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare.

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