I need advise about what is the best to do with my FIV cat who has been diagnosed with breast cancer last week.
She ist about 4 1/2 or 5yo.
She was found in Queens/NY 2 1/2 years ago, one week before giving birth. I was fostering her and her two kittens and it turned out she is FIV+.
I discoverd a lump, probably 2 cm diameter, so very large. We removed it last week. I was hopping for the best, but I got the bad news saturday.
Since she is FIV+, I'm not sure I want to go with chemo. She is still very feral, so giving her medication is far from being easy.

The vet seems to be incline for the chemotherapy. He is a very good vet and I trust his jugement in general, but this time I'm not sure what to do...
Any advise anyone? I would really appreciate. Thanks.
Patricia
I need advise about what is the best to do with my FIV cat who has been diagnosed with breast ... jugement in general, but this time I'm not sure what to do... Any advise anyone? I would really appreciate. Thanks.

FIV+ cats can live nearly normal lifespan. Survival time for cats that had mammary tumors removed depends mostly on the tumor size. Cats with tumors less than a 2 cm diameter generally have a median survival time of over 3 years (we have a few still living fine well into their fourth year post surgery). Cats with 2 to 3 cm tumors have a survival time of about 2 years. Larger tumors significantly reduce survival time.
If your vet performed a radical mastectomy (removal of all four glands of the chain with the affect gland) and lymph (inguinal) node (and axillary (armpit) lymph node if was enlarged and positive) the chances of recurrence are significantly reduced.
If I were you, I'd go ahead with chemo - Your vet also seems to feel she has good chance. Also remember, she's a NYC cat... so you knowshe's tough! Emotion: wink
Best of luck.
Phil
You may also want to start her on a regular treatment with Omega 3 fatty acids through fish oil after your vet treatment since there is promising studies that point to it's helping with cancer. Be sure you check with your vet before starting any supplements.
Try reading the link at http://www.dvmpharmaceuticals.com/dvmahn.html on essential fatty acids. It can't hurt to give her every edge.

J Lowe
www.healthypetnet.com/jeremy
Have you hugged your pet today?
Patricia, check out the www.petmedicinechest.com, it is all natural, and I have a cat that is getting along great on their products.

Tanya
I need advise about what is the best to do with my FIV cat who has been diagnosed with breast cancer last week.

Good advice from all so far. I'll throw in a plug for the Long Island Veterinary Specialists http://www.livs.org /. They killed two of my cats after costing me a small fortune but it wasn't their fault really. I do appreciate their work.
Lots of cats are on chemo and some of it you can do at home. Cat chemo is nowhere near as bad as human chemo.
Hi Phil,
Thank you for ypur advise and encouragement!
Do you have used chemo on a FIV cat? Do you know anyone who has?

I am very concerned that the chemicals are going to weaken her immune system and that the FIV virus will take over.
Do you have any direct experience or information about cancer and chemo on a FIV cat?
By the way, you're right, she is a tough and courageous cat and she never complains.
Patricia