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Hello and thanks for trusting me to help you and your pet today. I am a licensed veterinarian with over 30 years of experience and would be happy work with you but need a bit more information in order to better assist you if you don't mind.
Did your vet do any sort of testing of the mass like a needle aspirate or a biopsy?
Is the mass under the skin or above it? Is it oozing or draining?
Has any blood work been done?
How old is your cat?
How long has the mass been present? Did it grow quickly?
Thanks and I will respond further after you reply. There may be a slight delay while I formulate and type a thorough response or I may be offline, but if so, I will respond as soon as I am able.
Thank you for the prompt reply.
Do you know if any cells were analyzed to determine what type of tumor it is? Did she mention that if may be a vaccine associated tumor?
I was referring to a tumor that is formed secondary to a vaccine being given in the site, not as a means to treating the tumor. LINK HERE
Without being able to manually examine him and the mass, I really can't comment about the feasibility of having it removed or not. Some even very large masses can be removed, but may need the expertise of a veterinary surgeon if it is in a difficult location. If that were the case, know what type of tumor it was or even if it was a tumor would be more critical. Even some non-cancerous masses can grow very large. I am not clear why she would think that steroids would slow down the growth when we are not even sure what it is, but in any case she is right that if it is growing rapidly, at some point he will likely be uncomfortable enough that he may stop eating. If she feels is is inoperable, I would advise that your only course of action if you wanted to pursue another opinion would be to have him evaluated by a veterinary surgeon to see if that is in fact the case. If a specialist felt otherwise, then it maybe worthwhile to pursue further diagnostics to better identify the type of cancer and evaluate prognosis for quality of life post surgery.
I hope this is helpful. Please let me know if you have ANY other questions. My goal is to give you 100% satisfaction and if you are not yet satisfied, please reply so I can clarify for you.
My posted replies are for general education only and not meant as a diagnosis. Only after a thorough veterinary examination can a diagnosis for your pet be made and specific treatments be advised or medications be prescribed.
Yes, you are correct that cats are very good at hiding their discomfort. You will have to monitor him closely to watch for subtle changes that may indicate it is starting to bother him. Good luck with him.