Lymphoma in Cats
Lymphoma is a severe type of cancer that is an effect of the abnormal and uncontrollable growth of lymphocytes. This type of cancer often found in gastrointestinal tracts of the middle- or older-aged cats, or the cats of all genders and ages. The common symptoms found in lymphoma in cats include loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, and weakness, etc.
Lymphoma in cats is an effect of the attack of Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) and Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) infections; an infection in the immune system as well as certain types of medicines application. Apart from these, genetic factors also play an important role in being the cause of the disease, esp. in Siamese, Burmese and Manx cat breeds. Environmental factors, such as cigarette smoke perception, also seem to double the chance of the disease
Lymphocyte or lymph is functions as a fighter against the diseases that enter into the body through the veins in the liver, chest, gastrointestinal tract, nose, spine, and skin. This type of cancer originates from the rapid and uncontrollable replication of the white blood cell lymphocytes that have transformed into cancer cells and spread to several parts of the body, including lymph node, alimentary canal, liver, and lung.
- Loss of appetite
The symptoms found in lymphoma in cats include enlarged lymph nodes, weight loss due to the loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, panting, insomnia, restlessness, muscle contraction, and depression.
Treatment and Prevention
The most effective treatment for lymphoma is chemotherapy. In the case where cancer has spread into the gastrointestinal tract, surgery may require, not only to reduce the size of the tumor but also to minimize the potential of spread into other parts of the body. Radiotherapy will only prescribe when the affected cat cannot go through chemotherapy. The best suggestion is you should go to a veterinarian to find the appropriate healings.
- Cat world | Lymphosarcoma in cats
- Webmd | Lymphoma cancer
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