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How do tiu know if your cat has pancreatic cancer?

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how do tiu know if your cat has pancreatic cancer?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Kara replied 1 year ago.
Hello, my name is***** and I have over 20 years of experience as a veterinarian. I am sorry to hear that BeeBop isn't feeling well and pancreatic cancer is a possible concern.The only definitive way to diagnose cancer is to collect a biopsy of the affected tissue and submit it to a pathologist for a diagnosis. There are things that can point toward pancreatic cancer, such as an elevated feline specific pancreatic lipase blood level, a mass in the pancreas identified on radiographs and/or an ultrasound and metastatic lesions in other filter organs such as the spleen, liver, lymph nodes and lungs.Cats with pancreatic cancer often have elevated levels of liver enzymes and bilirubin levels as pancreatic tumors can interfere with bile duct patency and bile flow due to where the pancreas sits in relationship to the bile duct.A solitary mass in the pancreas, even with elevated enzymes, doesn't necessarily mean cancer. It could be due to a granuloma (inflammatory scar tissue from parasites or an infection) or a pancreatic abscess. So it is really impossible to say that he has cancer definitively without a biopsy.Please let me know if you have any further questions.

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