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Unfortunately, there is no definitive treatment available for adenocarcinoma of the salivary glands in cats. Surgery to excise and remove the tumor along with some adjacent normal tissue is often recommended. After surgery your cat may be recommended for radiotherapy to achieve local control and long-term survival. No chemotherapeutic agent has yet been recommended for salivary gland adenocarcinoma. Multiple surgeries may be required along with the subsequent radiotherapy sessions.
Patients that have undergone surgery may need to be taken for veterinary evaluations every three months. Surgery combined with radiotherapy can improve survival time for up to several months in cats. You can improve the quality of life for your cat during this period by keeping stress at a minimum for your cat, and making it as comfortable as possible to minimize pain and other associated complications. Your cat will need special attention in proper nutrition and pain control. Your veterinarian will guide you in planning for meals and in choosing the best remedies for pain.
Any gland that is used in the secretion of saliva; found behind the jaw and underneath the ear
Implies that something is underneath the tongue
An in-depth examination of the properties of urine; used to determine the presence or absence of illness
Something that is found near the ear or pertains to the ear
Relating to a disease of unknown origin, which may or may not have arisen spontaneously
The process of removing tissue to examine it, usually for medical reasons.
To remove by surgical methods
The result of a malignant growth of the tissue of the epithelial gland.
The occurrence or invasion of pathogens away from the point where they originally occurred