Hi: I'm new to this site and I'm looking for any information on intestinal cancer in 15 year old cats and chemo and drug therapy for it. My beloved cat Max was diagnosed with abnormal protein levels in his urine 3 weeks ago (he's been a diabetic for a 1 1/2 years and that is totally under control). After a sonogram in which the Doc discovered a heart murmur and a bone marrow biopsy (negative as far as cancer is concerned), tomorrow my baby boy is going for an endiscopic biopsy. My vet is advising 2 drug therapies since I have caught the cancer so early. They are prednazone and chemo. I'm terrified for my Max and the thought of these medications. Am I avoiding the inevitable by giving him these meds? Is it really worth it considering his 15 and what about his quality of life? Am I postponing what really is going to happen to him? My vet says the meds will give him 6 months more to life, but my problem with this is that chemo is poison and what quality of life is Max going to have for his last few months? Is it really worth it? To add insult to injury I just lost my oldest cat Sam (15 as well) to kidney failure on April 30th. I went to pick up his ashes a week later and 2 days later I find out that my beloved Max has cancer. I have been shell shocked by the thought of loosing this very special cat so soon after loosing my Sam. Max is very special to me and we have a unique relationship but I cannot let him suffer at all. I will not be selfish and try to do all the heroic measures possible to keep him going, but I was wondering if anyone has had any experience with chemo and prednazone for the treatment of cancer. Thanks for any help.
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6/4/01 at 4:21pm