Sunday, April 20, 2014

not so easy Sunday....


We got the update from the vet yesterday. Based on the test results, she thinks it is a salivary gland tumor.

We did some searching and found this on Merck:

Salivary Gland Tumors

Salivary gland tumors are rare in cats, although cats are affected twice as frequently as dogs. They usually occur in cats more than 10 years old. Most salivary gland tumors are malignant, with carcinomas and adenocarcinomas the most common types. Spread to nearby lymph nodes and the lungs is common. Tumors removed by surgery alone tend to recur, so radiation treatment, with or without surgery, offers the best outlook in most cases.

So, it doesn't sound good. Dr T wanted to send off the slides to be tested elsewhere since it is pretty rare. Mom told her to go ahead, though it won't really change much unless it comes back non-cancerous for some reason. They are going to hold off on doing anything until they here back from the secondary test - maybe mid-week. However, based on his age, the goal is to keep him comfortable and maybe try to reduce the swelling at the back of his jaw. Mom told Dr T that she isn't sure if it is getting bigger or if it just that she has been staring at it for a week.

No idea what this means for time....they did discuss maybe trying to aspirate part of it to relieve some pressure but not sure if that will happen or not. The main goal is so long as he seems comfortable and still eating then we will give him all the time he has.

38 comments:

  1. We're sorry to read this news, of course had hoped the results would be not indicate a malignancy. Purrs and purrayers, for Maestro's Highest Good. Hugs and nose taps to all.

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  2. Sending lots of purrrrrs and prayers.

    Hugs, Bugsy, Knuckles and Lou

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  3. I don' tknow if this will help, but Melissa L. suggested something called Transfer Factor and my research says it has good results in cats with tumors. Perhaps you can look it up. Sending lots of purrs.

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  4. We're so sorry. Purrs to Maestro and you.

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  5. Blessings to him and to you. That's sincere, and I will look toward positive news. xxoo

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  6. We're sorry about this news. Sending purrs to Maestro and the rest of the family,
    Tasha & Buddy

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  7. I am sorry to see the news. I hope they can do something to prolong for you but I know you will do whatever is best. Hugs x

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  8. I'm so sorry to hear this. Sending lots of healing energy to Maestro.

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  9. We're so sorry to heard this. We're purring for Maestro and for you, too.

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  10. We are crossing our paws and sending Maestro lots of purrs.

    The Chans

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  11. Oh Gosh, we are so sorry. Poor Maestro. We sure send tons of purrs to all of you. Maybe they can do something to help him.

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  12. We are so sorry to hear this and we are sending purrs and kisses to Maestro.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

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  13. So sorry to hear this...Maestro has a loving family and is in good hands.

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  14. Purrs and prayers for Maestro. Since it's a rare condition, we're hoping for a good report.

    The Florida Furkids

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  15. Will be purring for Maestro. I hope he has years ahead of him.

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  16. I'm so sorry hear the news was not good. The kitties send their purrs for Maestro. You're in my thoughts too.

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  17. So very sorry. Goat hugs from here. I do hope that by some miracle it's not cancer. He has lived a most loved life with you.

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  18. Sending healing purrz to Maestro and hoping for an Easter miracle.

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  19. We are sorry to read this news. Sending a hug!

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  20. I'm so sorry. I'm sending lots of purrs to Maestro.

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  21. We are sad to hear this. We're sending hugs and purrs.

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  22. We're sorry to hear this news. We're purring for Maestro.

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  23. We're purring for Maestro to continue enjoying his meals and stays comfortable. Also keeping our paws crossed for a miracle.

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  24. Sorry to read this sad news. We send you healing purrs and cross our paws ! Purrs

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  25. Just remember that miracles sometimes do happen and it may turn out to be something easily treatable. Sending pawhugs, good vibes, and prayers.

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  26. We are so sorry to hear this. Thinking of you.

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  27. Purrs and hugs from all of us...it's so hard seeing our kitties fade.

    xx Trish

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  28. Oh gosh we are purring that it isn't the C word. Sending love and healing purrs and hugs!

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  29. Oh no...we are so very sorry to hear this news. You are in our thoughts - and we send you and Maestro comforting purrs...

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  30. We are so sorry to hear this troubling news. Please know we are purring and praying for Maestro, for you, and for his vets.

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  31. Aw, poor Maestro. We're purring and praying for him. Hugs!

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  32. Hi Jeanne,

    My vet, Dr. Jill Elliot, treats a lot of cancer patients using alternative methods, like neoplasene. She has had a lot of success reducing tumors while maintaining quality of life. She is in NYC, but you could do a phone consultation once you get more information: http://www.nyholisticvet.com/about-us/ . Dr. Elliot studied with Dr. Pitcairn, and others.

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  33. We are very sorry to hear. Our purrs.

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  34. What ever the outcome, we wish you loads and loads of good quality time left before the end.. and a peaceful passing when ever it decides to come.

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  35. dood....all de blessings St Francis haz ta offer....we hope yur time iz spent happee N confortable....N ya never noe....we could still yet bee sell a bratin yur 22nd birthday in a few yeerz....♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

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  36. we are purring and praying with all of our might!!! ((((hugs))))

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  37. So very sorry to hear this news. We are sending purrs, prayers, and love to you all. <3

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  38. I am so sorry to hear this - my Yoko had a tumor under he tongue and it grew so fast we had to lelt her go rather than see her not able to breathe or eat. Hope the test come back non cancer.

    Cats of wildcat woods

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