I am new to this forum and don't know if this is an appropriate question, but it is one I've been wondering about for a while now. My 13 year old Persian "Brandy" had his eye removed in March due to a very malignant melanoma (cancer). The vet gave a guarded prognosis, saying that this form of cancer spreads rapidly, usually to the chest. She said that it could be weeks or even up to a year before the cancer manifests itself, and gave a pretty slim chance of no metastasis at all. The cancer was caught very quickly and the eye removed within two weeks of the initial symptoms (it had to be treated for a few days before the vet could venture an accurate diagnosis). He is doing great, acting perfectly normal, very active, great appetite, etc. Does anyone have any similar experience or know anyone who does...and cats that have been known to survive this disease? I am hoping that we caught it in time before spreading. I realize he's a pretty old cat, but I think Persians have a fairly long lifespan normally, so I am hoping he has a few more years.
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8/10/03 at 9:25am