Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma in Cats
Neoplasm, or tumor, can be either benign or malignant in nature. Carcinomas are malignant tumors found both in humans and animals. This type of tumor tends to be particularly malignant, often recurring after surgical excision. Adenocarcinomas originate in the glandular tissue and are glandular in structure. Adenocarcinoma of the pancreas is a rare tumor in cats, and like other carcinomas it grows rapidly and metastasizes to distant parts and organs of the body. In most cats metastasis is found at the time of diagnosis, thus making treatment difficult for these patients. Similar to other neoplasms, adenocarcinoma of the pancreas usually affects older cats (more than eight years). It can occur in any breed or gender of cat.
Symptoms and Types
There are no specific tumor related symptoms. Following are some of the signs commonly seen in patients with adenocarcinoma of pancreas:
- Poor digestion
- Weight loss
- Abdominal pain
The exact cause is unknown, and is classified as idiopathic.
Your veterinarian will recommend a complete blood profile, including a chemical blood profile, a complete blood count, and a urinalysis. A determination of the lipase (an enzyme released by the pancreas) level will assist your veterinarian in the diagnosis, as it is often elevated in a majority of patients with pancreatic adenocarcinoma. Your veterinarian will also perform abdominal radiographs in order to determine the presence of any masses or changes in the pancreas tissue. Ultrasonography is also used to further improve diagnostic accuracy. If the above mentioned procedures fail to establish a definite diagnosis, your veterinarian may recommend a surgical biopsy of pancreatic tissue to confirm diagnosis.
Something that becomes worse or life threatening as it spreads
An in-depth examination of the properties of urine; used to determine the presence or absence of illness
An enzyme charged with digesting fat
A gland that aids in both digestive and insulin functions
Relating to a disease of unknown origin, which may or may not have arisen spontaneously
Not being able to cause harm; the opposite of malignant.
The process of removing tissue to examine it, usually for medical reasons.
A substance that causes chemical change to another
The result of a malignant growth of the tissue of the epithelial gland.