Hi, Adrienne. I'm sorry Emma is ill. There are lots of people on this list who will give you some really good pointers.
I don't have any personal experience with chemo for FeLV+ cats; by the time my Patches turned up on my doorstep and was diagnosed, it was really too late to consider chemo. I do know that cats tolerate it much better than humans do. I think one of the questions the others here will ask is, what symptoms was Emma displaying that resulted in the vet visit where the lymphoma was diagnosed -- in other words, was she acting sick, and how has her health been generally since the FeLV diagnosis? And about that -- although the presence of the lymphoma points toward the FeLV diagnosis being accurate, is it 100% certain that she really does have FeLV? False negatives and false positives aren't uncommon with these tests, especially if only the in-office test was given. This doesn't, of course, affect the lymphoma itself, just Emma's general hardiness. Do you feel that she is suffering now? Also, how have you been treating the FeLV? Supplements, diet, etc."? I hope you and Emma still have some good time left together. Hugs. Diane R. -----Original Message----- From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] On Behalf Of Adrienne Statfeld Sent: Thursday, August 21, 2008 10:40 AM To: email@example.com Subject: [Felvtalk] chemotherapy? Hello. My beloved Emma is 5 ½ years old. Two years ago she was diagnosed as being FeLV+. I don't know how this happened. I raised Emma and her sisters from the time they were about two days old. Her sisters are negative, as are my other cats, despite the fact that they have all lived together as indoor only cats, and have groomed each other, and shared bowls, litter boxes, and dishes. Emma tested negative for FeLV as a kitten. She has never been outside except in a carrier. Yesterday, I got the news that Emma has Lymphoma. I've started her on Prednisone, and the doctor is recommending chemotherapy. The doctor estimated an 8 to 10 month survival rate for cats with Lymphoma who go through chemotherapy, but couldn't give me any idea of the prognosis for a cat who has FeLV. Any opinion about chemotherapy for an FeLV+ cat with Lymphoma? I'm heartbroken and I don't want to do anything to prolong my beautiful girl's suffering. Thank you. Adrienne _______________________________________________ Felvtalk mailing list Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org This electronic mail transmission and any attachments are confidential and may be privileged. They should be read or retained only by the intended recipient. If you have received this transmission in error, please notify the sender immediately and delete the transmission from your system. In addition, in order to comply with Treasury Circular 230, we are required to inform you that unless we have specifically stated to the contrary in writing, any advice we provide in this email or any attachment concerning federal tax issues or submissions is not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, to avoid federal tax penalties. _______________________________________________ Felvtalk mailing list Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org