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Stomach and Intestinal Cancer (Leiomyosarcoma) in Cats

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Treatment

 

Surgery remains the treatment of choice, which involves resection of the tumor mass along with some normal tissue. However, the extent of metastasis (such as in the liver) is a critical factor for final prognosis.

 

Living and Management

 

In cases of metastasis to other body organs, prognosis is very poor, where survival may only be a few months. Surgery may improve survival rates in some animals, but will require complete removal of the tumor mass. Following the surgery, you will have to take your cat for routine checkups, X-rays, and abdominal ultrasound every three months. Some cats may also require special, easily digestible diets, as well as painkillers to alleviate soreness. Strictly adhere to the veterinarian's guidelines watch for recurrence of vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal distention, and abdominal pain in the cat.

Image: Budimir Jevtic via Shutterstock

 

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