Wow...I am so touched by everyone's sensitivity and directness and willingness 
to share their personal experiences with heartbreak from cancer in their 
furbabies.  You guys are amazing, really...
Adrienne, I hope you are able to come to a decision you feel is right for 
Emma.  That seems to be the hardest part sometimes, like you said, knowing the 
best thing to do.  I did want to say that I keep hearing here and there over 
the past few years about treating cancer holistically with intraveneous Vitamin 
C in humans, and I know that a lot of people give Vitamin C to their FeLV+ cats 
for mainenance.  I don't know if you would even consider this as an option, but 
I do think it might be a good thing to check in to, if it's even offered for 
cats.  Does anyone know anything about this?  I don't have anything to offer 
regarding the chemo, having no experience.  What I know of is only what I've 
read here.
Please keep us posted on little Emma, and I'm sorry you guys are having to go 
through this.

 "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change 
the world - indeed it is the only thing that ever has!"     ~~~ Margaret Meade 

----- Original Message ----
From: Adrienne Statfeld <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Sent: Thursday, August 21, 2008 10:39:44 AM
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

Thank you.


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