October 2010 Issue

Osteosarcoma: A Serious Diagnosis

Management is possible with prompt veterinary intervention.

Thanks to the numerous advances in veterinary medicine, many of the cancers to which cats are susceptible are now controllable, sometimes curable ó and even preventable (in the case of mammary cancer, for example). This does not always hold true, however, for osteosarcoma, a highly destructive feline bone cancer for which there is no known cure unless it is detected early. Once osteosarcoma has invaded a catís body, the best that the animalís owner can hope for is early diagnosis and management of the disease. If the cancer is confined to a limited area of an affected catís body, successful treatment will almost always involve surgical excision ó the amputation of a leg, for example, or the removal of a part of the animalís jawbone ó in which case the cat may go on living for years.

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