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I second (third, fourth) the point that FIP is extremely hard to diagnose and is often diagnosed incorrectly. My cat, ... and he was sure from experience that it was FIP. They had the cat put to sleep right then. :-(

Teri
I wasn't able to get a hold of her today so I don't know yet what the vet did to come up with the diagnosis. I really hope her cat doesn't have this FIP
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circa Mon, 27 Oct 2003 12:19:27 -0600, in rec.pets.cats.health+behav, kaeli (Email Removed) said,
I'm sorry to hear about your kitty. My two cents... FIP is a horrible, progressive illness with no cure. Cancer ... in peace. If the cancer has not spread, I would get whatever treatment the vet suggests, including surgery and chemo.

A couple of things- first, cats tolerate chemo very well. The sum total of Alex's side effects were loss of whiskers and guard hairs, and early in his chemo, inappetance- which was more likely the lymphoma than the chemo.
Second, lymphoma is the most responsive form of cancer to chemo, at least in cats. Even if the lymph nodes are affected, that is not at all an indication that there isn't hope. Alex's oncologist has a 70- 80% success rate achieving remission in cats with lymphoma. That's certainly worth evaluating rather than just letting the cat go because of lymph node infiltration. Every case is different, and different cancers have different treatments and prognoses, but the one thing I've learned is that we can't generalize about what is "worth" treating or isn't with cats who have cancer.

I'm not correcting here, just clarifying- I thought chemo would be horrible and that I couldn't put my cat through it- until I did. I don't regret it one single bit. Alex had a wonderful two more years as a result, and he truly did not suffer from the chemo. He didn't much like going to the vets', but that's another story. ;-)

Laura

Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana. -Groucho Marx
If a major testing lab states that only 18 percent of the tissue samples (usually obtained post-mortem) sent to be tested for FIP turn out to be FIP, what do you think?