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Feline Lymphoma / Lyphoma in Cats

Feline Lymphoma / Lymphoma in Cats

Herbal nutrition which may nutritionally and adjunctively help to address cancer and tumors in cats. (Not a cure for cancer.)

The immune system is a complex army of cells found through out your pet’s body that provides a fortified defense against unwanted invaders. It is an intricate system that keeps your pet healthy and protects them against allergens, viruses, bacteria, microbes, parasites, toxins, foreign fells and cellular mutations (healthy cells which have mutated into irregular cells). The immune system is tasked with protecting EVERY cell in the animal body. With so many pet parents wondering why and how to best support immunity in their dogs and cats, this article will highlight its role and provide practical suggestions. 

A healthy immune system is resilient and powerful and up to the task of supporting normal, balanced function. The immune system is not intended to be suppressed or stimulated.  But even an animal with a highly developed immune system can experience dysfunction or failure. In cases of dysfunction, an animal body requires whole body systemic support. If your pet’s immune system is weakened, every bodily system is at risk for disease. 

Tumors are a reflection of an immune system that has been compromised. Many holistic veterinarians believe that cancer also usually results from a weakened immune system. All forms of cancer start when there are atypical gene mutations which occur in vulnerable cells. The mutated cells begin to reproduce and attack other normal, healthy cells. When the atypical cells outpace normal cells, cancerous tumors form.

The most common feline cancer is lymphoma. Despite a vaccine for feline leukemia, an increasing number of cats are contracting cancer. ( And cancer also plagues dogs and is the leading cause of death for dogs over the age of 10. ) Once a cat has been exposed to FeLV, the probability of developing lymphoma increases greatly and diagnosis can be difficult since cats tend to mask and hide disease well. 

Cats  most commonly develop tumors of the lung, brain, mouth, nasal cavity, liver and kidneys. Mammary tumors are less common since many cats are now spayed, but cats of all ages and breeds can develop cancer in any part of the body. 

Common symptoms of feline cancer include:

Lumps

Bumps

Vomiting

Diarrhea

Loss of appetite

Weight loss

Difficulty breathing

Fluid in the lungs

Poor coat

Lethargy

The exact causes of cancer are unclear, although we know that all forms begin by genetic mutations that convert normal cells into cancerous cells. It is believed that mutations are usually caused by chronic inflammation, excessive oxidation, as well as toxicity from food, water and environment along with genetics. 

Environmental toxicity and its potential relationship and causal factors to tumors, including:

Polluted air (i.e. cigarette smoke, gas exhaust)

Water (chemicals and inorganic derivatives)

Toxins and harmful chemicals commonly found in our homes related to dryer sheets, household cleaners, candles, pesticides, flea products, etc.

Low-quality foods and treats that contain inferior grade proteins, carbohydrates, fats, artificial colors, flavors, additives, preservatives.

Radiation (it has been confirmed that pets and people are more susceptible to cancer if they are frequently exposed to radiation of various forms.)

Over-vaccination (possible link for feline cancer)

Stress

Many pet parents are surprised that stress can contribute to cancer. The assumption is that our pets have the day to lounge, relax and rest, however, when pets are left alone, including cats, they can develop depression, anxiety and boredom. Like humans, mental stress affects our pets adversely, weakening their immune systems, making them susceptible to diseases such as cancer.

Herbal Nutrition - (listed in order of relevance and recommendation by holistic vets - human grade meets/exceeds highest safety criteria for pets)

Herbal remedies have a long history of adjunctive use to help holistically address cancer and tumors; have been studied for their potential benefits in helping to slow or limit progression of tumors and aberrant cells that cause tumors;  may help promote healthy cell response; may help boost immunity and help limit inflammation, may help balance the immune system and for their studied anti-cancerous and anti-tumorous plant actions. 

Get Well Soon  (learn more) is used holistically as an immune booster, an adjunctive cytotoxic therapy against cancer cells and complementary therapy in anti-cancer protocols due to its active content of Annonaceous acetogenins, for its significant anti-tumorous (slows growth), anti-cancerous activity (inhibits anaerobic cells while protecting healthy cells), broad-spectrum internal and external antimicrobial, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties against infection, for cysts and tumors, including fibrous, fatty, sebaceous tumors including cutaneous mast cell tumors (mastocytomas, mast cell tumors, sarcomas), lipomas, histiocytomas, adenomas hyperplasia and papillomas. Also used adjunctively and holistically for the following types of tumors: hind quarter, deep tissue, lesions, polyps, warts, basal and mast cell, bone, brain, heart, liver, kidney, bladder, mammary, skin, stomach, eye, ear, nose, mouth and leg tumors.

Joint Ease Super Dog & Cat – (learn more) contains a synergistic blend of plant and marine extracts that promote preventative and reparative support to rebuild tissue, joints, bones and muscles; supports balanced immunity and limits whole body inflammatory response while promoting systemic healing; as a holistic, natural treatment for rheumatism; for arthritis, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, rheumatism, Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD), Intervertebral Disk Disease (IDD), Degenerative Myelopathy, arthrosis and related inflammation and pain; for muscle pains, strains, injuries and other degenerative joint related diseases; as a pain reliever for swelling and lack of mobility; for overall optimal health and function and as a natural alternative for tumors and cysts. Contains herbs and marine extracts recognized by the World Health Organization as some of the most important ingredients in the natural treatment of all forms of arthritis.

I Feel Good –  (learn more) promotes healthy immune response, reduces all types of inflammation, provides dermal support and growth of healthy cells and tissues in the body’s natural defense mechanism, reduces the histamine trigger for contact allergies, seasonal and chronic allergens, pathogens, skin rashes, infections, hot spots, inflammation, swelling, hair loss, itching and geriatria (dull coat, lethargy), for all types of arthritis, including Degenerative Joint Disease, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and symptoms associated with rheumatism, including pain, strains, injuries, muscle pain, swelling and lack of mobility; plus contains prebiotics and probiotics useful in balancing digestive health and function and much more. Recognized as one of the most important medicinal plants of the whole world, particularly related to supporting balanced immunity and limiting inflammation and inflammatory conditions.

I Cell-Ebrate Life (learn more) helps to promote healthy cell and cell membrane support; helps promotes connective tissue, skin and coat support and antioxidant protection against free radicals, which is important in disease prevention; helps standardize normal cell operation; encourages free radical scavenging of cysts, tumors and lipomas; may help address symptoms related to Lyme disease; provides nutritional, biochemical and plant botanical support of healthy immune cells; promotes optimal immune protection and systematic health and strength; supports bone, teeth and muscle health and integrity and for animals that need extra joint, immune, circulatory and vascular support.

I Want Liquid Immunity -  (learn more) contains water-soluble plant bioflavonoids that function as potent antioxidants which are important in disease prevention; used adjunctively for growth abnormalities such as tumors, cysts and lipomas (often related to poor diet, excessive medication, environmental toxicity as well as aberrant cellular mutations); provides antioxidant protection against free radicals; helps promote cellular health and to reduce catabolic waste; may help address symptoms related to Lyme disease; provides nutritional, biochemical and plant botanical support of healthy immune cells; promotes optimal immune protection and systematic health and strength; supports bone, teeth and muscle health and integrity and for animals that need extra joint, immune, circulatory and vascular support. Strongly anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and anti-mutagenic.

Conventional Remedies:

If your pet shows signs of cancer, see your veterinarian immediately.  

The vet will perform a physical examination, urinalysis, and may perform blood tests, a complete blood count (CBC) and blood profile, and will likely review your pet's diet, vaccination history, past diseases or conditions, medications and supplements. Your vet may also order X-rays, MRI, CT scan, and/or Ultrasound. 

When x-rays do not reveal abnormalities, sometimes more specialized diagnostic imaging, such as MRI or CT scans may be required. These tests are particularly successful for cancers related to the face, sinuses, brain, and spinal cord. Pets are usually put under full anesthesia during these scans.

Fine Needle Aspiration

Fine needle aspiration is a quick and easy way to determine the malignancy of a tumor. A fine needle is attached to a syringe into the mass to extract, or aspirate, a tiny amount of fluid or cells by pulling back on the plunger of the syringe. The material extracted is then examined under the microscope for a proper diagnosis. In cases where cells cannot be extracted from a tumor, such as soft tissue sarcoma, a biopsy may be necessary for diagnosis.

Biopsy

Tumors are surgically removed (referred to as an excision biopsy) and then a portion of the tissue is sent to a pathologist for examination microscopically.

Occasionally, a tiny piece of the tumor is removed (an incision biopsy) for diagnosis.

In either case, sedation or anesthesia is necessary.

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