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    I don't have any advice, but I wanted to add my support. Please let us know how it goes with the oncologist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Denise Denise View Post
    I think the key is to just take each day as an 'extra day' with your cat...and you get however many you get...extra cuddles and spoiling and so forth!
    This. And in partnership with your vet, really try to keep "quality of life" as the most important guiding light. Consider the pros and cons of the treatment, and if the prognosis is not a cure, don't be afraid to use drugs to manage pain and inflammation if that helps. It is bittersweet. Sometimes it is just enough that "that day" is not this day. The prospect of their loss may feel unbearable, but it's good to remember--they are not afraid. It sounds like you are a loving person and this is a very special cat to you, and that is a wonderful relationship to be celebrated.

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    Well, we are just back from the oncologist and the news is not great. Part of me was hoping she would tell me our vet had made a mistake and Kashi was fine.
    He has large cell lymphoma which is quite aggressive; even with chemo, the survival rates aren't great. 50% live 3-6months and the rest may live a bit over a year.
    So, either we just put him on prednisone, which may keep him comfortable for up to 3 months, or we gamble on the chemo putting him in the one year or more group.
    Denise Denise's post is resonating with me.. im leaning towards just giving Kashi prednisone and B12 shots but my husband wonders if we should try him on the chemo.
    Sorry for this disjointed post, I'm writing through tears.

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    I'm sorry. It's a difficult place to be, and I can't say what I would do in your shoes.

    I have gone the management route: prednisolone / anti-inflammatories / pain-killers / nutrition / supportive environment, and it did buy quality time. More good days than bad.

    I think that working closely with your vet to map out a plan will help, whatever you decide.

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    I’m so sorry to hear this difficult news. I went through a similar process with my sweet dog a few years ago. I hope this doesn’t sound too harsh or insensitive, but one thing that helped me is thinking about what was best for my friend and not for me. Again, my thoughts are with you…

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarha View Post
    Well, we are just back from the oncologist and the news is not great. we gamble on the chemo putting him in the one year or more group.
    Denise Denise's post is resonating with me.. im leaning towards just giving Kashi prednisone and B12 shots but my husband wonders if we should try him on the chemo.
    A few thoughts in case they help:

    * One cat-year is about 4-5 human years; if Kashi is still able to be mostly normal on chemo, that's a decent amount of time for Kashi

    * At the time we took our dog through chemo were lucky enough to live near an academic research university with a vet school. We took our dog there for a 3rd opinion to make our decision and were amazed at the higher volume of information we received, including other options. Much of what the other two vets had told us turned out to be wrong - not that they were bad vets, but they just didn't have the latest data and weren't as versed in factors that determine survivability. In case you aren't already doing this or don't know: research universities treat high volumes of animals and it's possible for vets to specialize in just oncology as a career - they see a lot, and get a lot of experience that way. Universities also do research of course, and there are many trials for drugs or treatments that your local vet wouldn't know about or have access to. One such example we didn't quite make it to was a non-invasive procedure that used 5 x-ray lasers to destroy an MRI-mapped model of the tumor - that technique was being tested at the U of Colorado and U of Florida on animals in prep for use on people.

    In short, Kashi may have other qualities, conditions, or complications that could help or hurt the prognosis, and may have other options your local vet (assuming that's where you went) doesn't know about. It may be worth calling or visiting a major academic research university like Univ of MN - Twin Cities campus or Univ of WI - Madison. U of Colorado, and U of Florida also have top vet schools.
    Last edited by GrussGott; 10-12-2016 at 10:38 AM.

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    I am so sorry for your sad news. Lymphoma is a tough disease. I would say talk to your oncologist and see if you have a hospice specialist in your area. I live in VA, and we have a mobile practice here that does acupuncture/laser/holistic medicine and hospice care via house calls, and after getting a firm diagnosis, can add on to whatever chemo options your vet recommends. This can often extend both quality and quantity of life. Minimally, prednisolone to try and shrink that mass some, and to also encourage eating is worth doing. There are injections as an option if your cat won't take pills well. Sometimes they surprise us--especially cats. All the best to you and your family at this hard time

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    Been there with our baby cat of 17 years, that was 9 years ago.

    The most important, like others say, is to find a knowledgeable and caring local vet as well as the oncology department of your local vet school.

    You might consider checking water quality in your area and switch to bottled water for a while, especially if you live in those areas: the Cities of Phoenix, Houston and Los Angeles as well as St. Louis County in Missouri and Suffolk County in New York. They all seem to have high level of Chromium.


    It seems that you have a caring vet already, be careful of specialty pet health clinics and greedy vets, who take advantage of a pet illness to overcharge and give false hope.

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    We've decided to start Kashi on chemo, the CHOP protocol, and see how he responds.
    The oncologist told us that the chemo can act as palliative treatment and improve Kashi's quality of life; of course that is assuming that he responds.
    The moment he seems as if the treatment is too much for him, we will stop it

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    I am so sorry to hear/read of what Kashi and you are going thru...
    Whatever you and Kashi go thru, I know you will try your best for Kashi however painful it is for you both...
    (This brings back memories of Jaffa my blue puss, all I could do was take it one day at a time, and value the time I had with him)..
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    S25 Black halcyon/NWS: S19 Grey/UV: WF Black/NWS: Co Pilot Grey/UV, & various little pouches all purples/grey.

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    UPDATE:
    Our beloved Kashi is finally at peace. He underwent chemo but never went into remission.
    Kashi was having more bad days than good so we made the decision to have the vet come to our house.
    My husband and i held Kash and sang to him as he was given peace.
    So hard, we loved our boy.
    Thanks to all for supportive posts

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    So sorry to hear this.

    Rest in peace, Kashi.


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    I am so sorry for your loss, Sarha. You made a brave and kind choice.

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    I'm so sorry for the loss of your precious boy. ♥

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