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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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7 year old female shor thair domestic(recent digestion

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7 year old female shor thair domestic(recent digestion problems/etc) diagnosed with lymphoma after expensive ultrasound and screen for deworm, taes, rounds and hooks...Chemo is being suggested for treatment..Is Chemo the only possible cure or are there others.??
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I believe you're asking about treatment for intestinal lymphoma. This is what you need to know...

1) Curative therapy for focal gastrointestinal lymphoma can be achieved through complete surgical excision; however, because of the high likelihood of systemic or local spread, these cats are followed with a course of lymphoma chemotherapy.

2) Abdominal radiation therapy is available but is restricted to use as a rescue protocol for gastrointestinal lymphoma. It's well tolerated and may increase median survival time.

3) Abdominal irradiation may be incorporated into the chemotherapy induction protocol as well.

4) Chemotherapy is generally the treatment of choice for gastrointestinal lymphoma. Honey's oncologist is the best resource for your treatment options. The oncologist knows the type and stage of lymphoma which then dictates the best treatment protocol of which there are many. Oral chemotherapeutic drugs (only) might be administered for low-grade disease.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.