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Jessie T. Wolf
February 22nd, 2005
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Back From Furry Weekend Atlanta!!!

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From:wlfdog
Date:February 22nd, 2005 06:38 am (UTC)
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They did do X-rays and everything, but the cat was sick, no question. He could barely walk. So they had to put him down. He was in a lot of pain. The "autopsy" was mostly just to confirm that they couldn't have done anything more for him. Because his owners were really kicking themselves, wondering if they could have fixed the problem. But after finding that huge tumor in his colon, it was pretty clear that no, they couldn't have done anything more for him. It was mostly just to help to relieve some of the guilt and stress from the family, so at least they knew that they did all they could for their cat.
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From:ion_seal
Date:February 22nd, 2005 09:47 am (UTC)
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That's a thing I've wondered about, not being an expert at cancer and so...
Say you'd found out earlier, couldn't it just have been removed quite easily?
I mean, a human have like 20 feet of guts, and a cat must have some 3-5 at least? can't one just chop of the piece with the tumour and sew the rest together or something?
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From:wlfdog
Date:February 24th, 2005 07:56 am (UTC)
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If they had found it early enough, they might have been able to treat it. But in this case, by the time the owners realized he wasn't acting like normal, it was just too late, and the cat was in a lot of pain. :/ And it wasn't just his colon. There was cancerous material also spread to his liver, gall blader, and other areas, unfortuantely. :/
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From:ion_seal
Date:February 24th, 2005 09:32 pm (UTC)
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Ouch!
From:cjthomas
Date:February 28th, 2005 12:11 am (UTC)
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Say you'd found out earlier, couldn't it just have been removed quite easily?

The problem with cancer is that once it's established, it spreads throughout the body, and you get little tumors starting everywhere. If you catch it early, you can remove the original tumor and be ok, and if you catch it just after it starts spreading, you can use chemotherapy to try to kill the new tumors without killing the patient, but much past that point and the creature with cancer is toast.

As Jess pointed out, this kind of thing is usually caught later with animals, but even in humans, early diagnosis is vital.

(So get your mammograms and prostate checks, ladies and gentlemen.)
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From:ion_seal
Date:February 28th, 2005 12:13 pm (UTC)
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I'm a little bit uptight about having a complete stranger poking me in the ass, though ;)
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