As I said on my last post I will be checking on the remaining part of lung cancer in cats.
Treatment of lung caner in cats.
Before a cat is treated on lung cancer the vet is first determined on checking the stage of lung cancer.Besides being occasionally preventable, lymphoma is also one of the most treatable tumours. Chemotherapy is the standard treatment for most forms of lymphoma and cats treated for lymphoma typically have a very good quality of life.
For primary lung tumours, surgery is generally required to remove the part of the lung where the tumour is located. During this process, the veterinary surgeon will administer a variety of pain management medications to the cat in addition to epidural anesthesia.
There will also be a chest tube in place that will eliminate any air or fluid in the lungs. Since anesthesia is dangerous for older animals, and even more so for animals who suffer from pulmonary diseases, the cat may be placed on a ventilator during surgery. The surgery will normally be followed by chemotherapy or radiation treatment to slow the spread of any remaining cancer cells.
For metastatic lung tumours, the vet will recommend treatment based on where the other tumours are located in the body. Certain types of tumours are difficult to remove surgically and may be treated with chemotherapy or radiation. Unfortunately, by the time the cancer spreads to the lungs, it is usually in its aggressive final stages, resulting in a poor prognosis with a high likelihood of tumour recurrence.
Recovery of lung cancer in cats
The cat will be kept in the hospital until its breathing has improved and pain subsides enough to be managed by tablets. The chest tube must be left in place for 12-24 hours following surgery. During the recovery period, the cat will be given pain medication through IV, patches, or tablets if the cat is awake.
The cat will not be allowed to exercise for up to 2 weeks following the surgery in order for the surgery site to heal completely. An Elizabethan cat collar or bandage may be used in order to prevent the cat from irritating the site. Swelling may occur near or on the surgery site for up to a week after surgery which is normal.
The vet will prescribe pain medication which must be taken for several days after the surgery. The vet will schedule follow-up appointments as needed for chemotherapy or radiation treatment, as well as to check for tumor recurrence.
If the owner is an active smoker, the best thing they can do for their cat (and themselves) is to stop smoking because smoking is the main cause of lung cancer. Smoking outside will not prevent the cat’s cancer from recurring, since the owner carries the carcinogen in their hair, clothes, and skin.
That was my post for now but next time on my post I will check lung cancer in animals still but on a different type of animal...keep close to check it out and know more about our interesting animals of which many people keep as pets.