I lost my Romeo to lymphoma last year.  For him, there weren't too many
options.  I had brought him in as an adult stray who I'd been feeding
outside for a couple of years and though he had several wonderful years
inside, he would absolutely freak if you tried to pick him up or hold him
down in any way.  He loved getting brushed, being petted, sitting on your
lap or on your chest as you were trying to get to sleep but it had to be on
his terms.  The rigors of what was at best a chancy treatment would have
been impossible for him--he would have become so frightened and stressed & I
just couldn't put him through that.  Thing is, he knew--and he had this look
in his face that told me he was ready to go.  He was struggling to breathe,
hardly ate, seemed very uncomfortable and looked to me to end his suffering.

Spanky will let you know--when he's ready, he'll have that look in his eyes
and you will instantly understand what he's saying.  

-----Original Message-----
From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org
[mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of Stacy Zacher
Sent: Thursday, December 02, 2010 11:31 AM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Subject: [Felvtalk] Spanky has large cell lymphoma

Hi everyone: 
(cross posting on the lists we belong to).
Just a follow-up to the biopsy and post yesterday.  I want to thank everyone
for all the help and support during this time.  It means more than you
know.   The vet called last night and the pathologist's analysis confirmed
what she initially thought - Spanky has large cell lymphoma or she called it
lymphoblastic.  She thought his blood results weren't bad for his status. 
She talked to the oncologist about his case also and the onc. wants to see
him tomorrow morning to discuss chemo options since I want to try to treat
this/ buy him some more time.  

I know the aggressive chemo protocol is more the IV chemo plus pill but I'm
wary of doing that to his body right now. I would really appreciate thoughts
on types of chemo for this type of lymphoma - large cell lymphoma for his
mediastinal cranial mass (maybe about 2cm now instead of 2.5cm when we
started prednisolone).  He's not eating as well as he should either and
steadily losing weight even though he seems to eat overnight well and I
syringe food him too.  We didn't test the cells to see if they T or B cells.

The vet said it varies but they normally follow the UW Madison protocol for
treating this type - Cyclophosphamide, prednisolone and the vincristine.  I
want him to have quality of life over suffering bad side effects. I know
someone wrote that the lymphoma makes them sicker than chemo so I'm keeping
that in mind as well.   We discussed vincristine iv or pill form or doing
IV+pill.  I'm just worried about aggressive treatment since he's losing
weight, weaker, FELV+, early HCM, and is not young strong kitty.  He's aged
about 10 years in 1 year it seems! 

So much to consider and so confusing! Please send us healing thoughts any
any advice you can before our appt tomorrow morning. 

I found an interesting chart on the various protocols from a vet site but am
not sure if I can post the link?

Stacy and Spanky

Re: Spanky - blood test/ultrasound - patiently waiting for biopsy re Posted
by: "stacy_zacher" stacy_zac...@yahoo.com   stacy_zacher Wed Dec 1, 2010
3:17 pm (PST)

(cross posting on the lists we belong to).

Thanks to everyone for all the purrayers and sending healing thoughts for
Spanky. I'm still waiting for the vet to get his biopsy results back and
call me. She said it could be today or tomorrow. We got there at 9:30am
yesterday, they did a blood panel, quick ultrasound to see if the mass was
still there. It was :-(.

Regarding his blood test results - everything except his WBC and related
counts were normal last time (about a month ago). This time his liver values
are elevated slightly AST is 55 (range 14-54), ALT is 147 (range
26-128)(from pred?), wbc is up from 2400 to 6(from pred?), 

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