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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.



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