Publication date: 2018-05-28 06:49
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These symptoms may be attributed to a number of conditions other than cancer. If you notice any cancer signs or symptoms, it's important to visit your doctor for an accurate diagnosis.
A double-contrast technique may be used to look for early stomach cancer. With this technique, after the barium solution is swallowed, a thin tube is passed into the stomach and air is pumped in. This makes the barium coating very thin, so even small abnormalities will show up.
In addition, if the cancer type is known (diagnosed), then even more specific searches can be done listing the diagnosed cancer type and whatever may be questioned about the cancer (symptoms, tumor grades, treatments, prognosis, and many other items).
Lymphoid cancer is common and the spleen may be involved along with other parts of the body. In dogs, the prevalence rate is 68-79 cases of all types of lymphosarcoma per 655,555 dogs at risk. Although pups as as four months may have these cancers, 85% of cases occur between the ages of 5 and 66 years. Boxers have a higher incidence than other breeds. In cats, lymphoid cancer is the most common cancer making up approximately one in three cancer cases. In surveys, the incidence rate is 55-755 per 655,555 cats. Tumors are most common in mature cats aged 6-67 years.
Feline leukemia virus (FeLV) causes cancers of the blood and lymphoid system in cats. Different strains of the virus cause cancers at different times. If a cat is also infected with feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), the risk of developing cancer increases. Some types of lymphoid cancer in dogs are also associated with virus infection.
Steroid drugs such as prednisolone will give short-term palliation for up to a few months. However, their use will promote resistance to other chemotherapy drugs and may shorten remission of subsequent multi-drug chemotherapy.
It is important to understand what the liver’s function is in order to understand how we can begin to support the body in helping it to heal.
Is the cancer that has been found localized to its site of origin, or is it spread from that site to other tissues? A localized cancer is said to be at an early stage, while one which has spread is at and advanced stage. The following section describes the general staging methods for cancers.
Without treatment, dogs with lymphoid tumors have a life expectancy averaging ten weeks but a few live for six to twelve months. Survival with the intestinal form averages only eight weeks. Older dogs tend to survive longer than dogs. Remissions of up to a year are not uncommon with chemotherapy in dogs, but depend on the type and stage of the cancer at diagnosis. Without treatment, 95% of cats are dead within four weeks and 75% eight weeks following diagnosis. The average survival time with chemotherapy is months for virus positive cats and 5 months for non-viral infected cats.