Thursday, May 15, 2014

Feline Mammary Tumors

Mammary tumors are among the most common tumors in cats and, unfortunately, approximately 85% are malignant.  The Siamese and Persian breeds are more likely to develop mammary tumors, but any breed can develop them. The disease tends to usually develop in middle-age female cats (approximately 10 to 12 years of age) and intact females have a higher incident rate than spayed.

Your veterinarian will usually suspect the diagnosis of a mammary tumor based on its typical appearance and location. There may be a single lump or multiple lumps.  Some tumors will produce secretions (clear, milky or bloodstained fluid which may be expressed). Malignant tumors are more likely to be attached to the surrounding structures. However, more extensive laboratory testing, to determine accurate diagnosis and to recommend a course of action, will need to be done. Keep in mind that early diagnosis and treatment is of the utmost importance, as tumor size is the biggest factor in determining your cats prognosis.

Surgery is the most widely used treatment for mammary tumors in cats, because it significantly reduces the chance of local tumor recurrence.  Your veterinarian may remove just the lump or sometimes the whole gland and the draining lymph node will also have to be removed.  Chemotherapy may also be recommended in conjunction with surgery.  Side effects could include anorexia (lack of appetite) and myelosuppression (low blood counts).   The Cancer Package seems to be very well tolerated by cats and can be easily combined with Power Probiotic for Pets to help boost your cat's immune system. It's important to use natural supplements to help support your cat through the cancer treatment.