Brain Tumors in Cats
There are three primary care methods for cats that have been diagnosed with brain tumors: surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy. The major objective with these therapies is to eradicate the tumor or reduce its size, and to control secondary effects, such as fluid build-up in the brain (known as cerebral edema) that may result from a brain tumor. Surgery may be used to completely or partially remove tumors, while radiation therapy and chemotherapy may help shrink tumors. Various medications can be prescribed to slow tumor growth and to cope with side-effects, such as seizures.
Living and Management
Throughout and after treatment, examinations of the nervous system should be performed regularly. Imaging with computed tomography (CT), computerized axial tomography (CAT), or a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan may be necessary. It is important to watch for complications and indications that your cat may still be a danger. Seizure, or aspiration pneumonia due to weakened swallowing reflexes are associated with increased pressure of cerebrospinal fluid within the skull cavity. The prognosis for animals with brain tumors is not very good, and is short term at best.
Due to the fact that the causes of brain tumors are unknown, it is difficult to establish specific prevention methods.
Something that becomes worse or life threatening as it spreads
The prediction of a disease’s outcome in advance
A treatment of certain neoplasms that is administered using an x ray
The term used to describe the movement of an animal
The collection of fluid in the tissue
Not being able to cause harm; the opposite of malignant.
The process of removing tissue to examine it, usually for medical reasons.
A medical condition in which an animal is unable to control the movements of their muscles; may result in collapse or stumbling.
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