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Hi there,I have a couple of questions:
1. Can you tell me how the lymphoma was diagnosed? Was it by needle biopsy?2. How long has this been going on?
Thanks for the information. Firstly, I have to say that I question the diagnosis of lymphoma. Cutaneous (skin) form of lymphoma (or just about any other type, but especially the cutaneous type) in cats do not carry a very good prognosis and don't respond well to chemotherapy (which amounts to a much broader treatment than prednisolone alone). It is almost unheard of for a cat with lymphoma to have a survival time of 3 years, especially with prednisolone without any other drug, so this is why the initial diagnosis is questionable....I think you definitely need more information before making decisions about what to do. I would recommend re-aspirating the masses (as many as possible), taking x-rays of Smokey's chest to screen for spread of the tumors and having routine blood testing done to determine if the organ functions are normal. In addition, I would consider removing one of the masses for a full biopsy as this is much more likely to give you a definitive diagnosis as opposed to a needle aspirate. If your veterinarian seems unwilling to consider other options, I would seek a second opinion; you can find the nearest specialist here: http://www.acvim.org/AnimalOwners/FindaSpecialist.aspx
Hope this helps!