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Hello and thank you for your question. I am a Veterinary Nurse with over 15 years experience and I have assisted in the care of many pets with this particular medical concern. It would be my pleasure to assist you today.There is absolutely no way, regardless of how skilled the veterinarian, that they can simply touch a mass and know with certainty that it is going to be terminal. That being said, at 14 years of age and with a mass being in the cranial portion of the abdomen...chances are, yes, it's going to be terminal. And if you're to the stage of needing to syringe feed your companion, yes, your vet has likely educated you correctly in estimating that a few weeks, tops, would be the allotted time before euthanasia would be needed. The stomach sits partially under the ribs, there's a picture here that shows this (denoted by S): http://www.lbah.com/images/feline/X-Rays/tumor1.jpg
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