Has your cat recently been diagnosed with mammary cancer, or are you worried that she might have a cancerous tumor in her breast tissue? According to ABC News, ninety percent of mammary tumors in cats are cancerous. If you suspect that your feline friend might have this potentially fatal disease, please consult with your veterinarian to discuss treatment options. How effective is treatment for mammary cancer in cats, anyway?
Removing Tumors in the Mammary Glands
Pets that have mammary cancer typically follow a similar treatment and recovery process as people with breast cancer. Surgery is usually performed to remove the tumor and the surrounding mammary gland. Some surgeons even opt to remove the entire mammary gland chain.
Further Treatment for Mammary Cancer in Cats
After the tumor has been removed, it is identified to determine whether further treatment is necessary. Chemotherapy is a common choice for mammary cancer patients, along with surgical removal of the tumor. Chemo will help increase your cat’s chance of survival.
Reoccurences of Mammary Cancer in Cats
If you cat is diagnosed with cancer in the mammary tissue, the initial treatment might be successful, but the long-term outcome may be be guarded. You should still be on the lookout for signs and symptoms of mammary cancer in your cat. Unfortunately, up to sixty-five percent of surgically removed tumors reoccur within a year.
Survival Rate after Removal of the Mammary Tumor
Veterinarians believe that these types of tumors are like the more aggressive forms of human breast cancer. If it is detected early on and aggressive treatment is opted for smaller tumors, your cat might live for another two to three years. Unlike in humans, though, cancer in pets is usually detected in the more advanced stages, so most cats only live for another year (at most) after removal of the tumor.
If you suspect that your cat has a mammary tumor, or if she has been diagnosed with cancer of the breast tissue, surgery can be performed to remove the tumor. However, the outlook is not great for mammary cancer patients. The sooner it is detected, the better your cat’s chances are for survival.
Dogs, Cats Not Immune to Breast Cancer, Abc.com
Mammary Cancer in Cats, PetEducation.com
**Note:This author does not claim to be a veterinary professional, and this article is not intended to be used in place of professional medical advice. If your pet is displaying symptoms of a tumor or illness, please consult with your veterinary clinic immediately.**