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    Cat with Cancer

    October 2002

    Has anyone had experience with their cat having nasal squamous cell carcinoma? I took my cat to the vet last week and it was suggested that at this point - the nose should be removed (i.e the area that's cancerous). I think this is my only choice (vs chemo or radiation). Has anyone had this done to their cat? If so, where and what was the cost, and how did the cat fare? thanks


    This is a common treatment for SCC and cats seem to tolerate this well. But the success of this procedure depends upon keeping the cat out of the sun for the rest of his days. Once the affected portion of the nose is removed the remaining tissue should be sheltered from the suns radiation. Many people choose to use sunscreen daily, but the best remedy would be to keep him indoors. Best wishes.... Vet RN
    One alternative for Squamous cell on the nose is to contact Dr. Jane Turrel in Pacifica. She does cobalt radiation treatment for the nose that is fairly successful. Surgery for squamous cell on the ears is easy, but on the nose it is more difficult unless the tumor is very small and on an easily removable site. Also, you need to protect the kitty from sunlight in the future to prevent recurrance. A local vet
    I'm sorry to hear about your kitty. Our cat had the same problem and we first tried radiation which did not work - cancer came right back. We then had the nose removed and it was very successful, adding at least 4 years of quality life to an already older cat. Charlie Berger at Campus Vet in Berkeley(549- 1252) did the surgery. Cat recoverd quickly and was fine until he died of the inevitable feline end - kidney failure. I would do it again, and skip the radiation. And I wholeheartedly recommend Berger. He's a terrific vet, experienced, an excellent surgeon and diagnostician and an especially wonderful person. I don't remember the costs but it was typical for vet surgery. All the best to you and your cat. Debby
    Try calling UC Davis -- they used to do a non-surgical technique that was quite successful.
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