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Mouth Cancer (Adenocarcinoma) in Cats



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.


Living and Management


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.



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