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picking up speed due to the large amount of ferals, abandoned animals, etc. Our goal is to do the same; spread awareness and make people understand how important it is to have their cat spayed! And also to help treat the ones that have unfortunately been afflicted with it. Here's the info:
Like the canine disease, mammary cancer in cats is preventable (spay early: 4-6 mo). The problem that most owners run into is that they have adopted an adult cat or a stray and no true age is known. By the second heat (usually by month 9-12), the propensity for mammary tumor has been set and the development of the tumor does not occur for 10-12 more years! The fact that spaying is protective against the development of mammary cancer in the cat has only been known for about 5 years. Unfortunately oncologists have not gotten the word out to enough general practitioners as of yet. At UC Davis, they are currently investigating the role of Gemcitabine in feline mammary carcinoma. This drug is good in the human breast clinic but has had a dismal track record in veterinary medicine. But they believe that they’ve found the optimal (non-toxic but useful) dose in cats and have a clinical trial investigating the identified dose in feline mammary cancer. Donations would help defer the owner's costs of therapy for their kitties along with furthering research and development of this drug treatment.
Help spread the word about Feline Breast Cancer awareness and help others at the same time by purchasing a bracelet in honor of Queen Tallulah, who lost her battle with this disease on August 23, 2010. 100% of the proceeds go directly to UC Davis for these purposes. To purchase a bracelet please visit: http://ibdkitties.net/giftshops.html . As with what I did in honoring Alex with my site, we're honoring Queen T's memory in paying it forward. Please post to your social media sites as well! Hope to see you all with your pretty pink Queen T bracelets!
Thanks for your continued support to helping animals
Lisa & the furbrats
http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/ccc/contact_directions.cfm . There's an email address and phone #.
I could give you links about spaying and neutering to prevent these diseases but I googled it and I came up with a ton of references, links and facts: https://www.google.com/search?q=spay+or+neuter+to+prevent+cancer&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.m... .
Having said all of this, again I emphasize that I am under no circumstances saying that your pet or any pet is going to get cancer just because they haven't been spayed or neutered now or before the age of 6 months to a year. But if you were to call your vet and ask about this, they will tell you that it's fact that it's a very valuable and easy way to prevent these diseases from happening.
I did just review the letter I received from the oncology department about feline breast cancer and there a section I found that I did not include in my post:
Small tumors (<3/4 inch) can be cured with RADICAL surgical excision (meaning, the ENTIRE CHAIN ON THE AFFECTED SIDE). Once the tumor is more than 1 inch, chemotherapy plays a very important role. For tumors greater than 1 inch, surgery alone provides about 250 days survival. The addition of chemotherapy provides a survival of >500 days (or a doubling). For tumors greater than 2.5 inches, the numbers are dismal although the chemotherapy continues to improve survival.
Does any of this help? I don't think I have much more information personally about this but again, email or call UC Davis and they would be happy to help you, they're great about that.
People are waiting to help.