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Detecting cancer in cats

Early detection is essential
Karla Kirby

An affirmative verdict of cancer in your cat is not necessarily a death sentence. Several cancers can be surgically removed, and even malignant cancers can be treated to some degree. Though more common in elderly felines cancer may hit a cat at any phase in his/her life.

It is imperative that cancers are detected as early on as possible. The more rapidly the cancer is found, the better the cat's chances. Diagnosis is not simple and necessitates
different methods depending on where the cancer is found. Frequently, many tests are required before an exact diagnosis can be made.

A blood test is valuable in diagnosing cancers such as leukemia. It is used to identify secondary problems like anemia, bacterial infection, and the side effects of cancer treatment as well.

Cytology is based on analyzing cells from a tumor beneath a microscope. This aids in diagnosing lymphomas or skin cancers or. This process is relatively uncomplicated and often does not even have need of anesthetic.

Radiography examines inside the body and exposes deformities in organs that can’t be felt. It is as a rule, the first test completed, and most veterinary clinics can do this. X-ray is predominantly good for detecting bone cancers.

Biopsy is elimination of larger piece of solid tissue for microscopic analysis. Biopsy is regularly used to diagnose solid tumors when removing cells with a fine needle isn’t possible or when the original cytology test did not manufacture a decisive result.

Ultrasound is a technique which uses sound waves to confirm the internal structure of soft tissues. It can distinguish abnormalities deep within the tissues. It is used as a corresponding technique, helping to guide the needle into the tumor throughout cell extraction or biopsy as well.

Endoscopy is the evaluation of the inside of the body using a flexible, lighted instrument called an endoscope. Generally, an endoscope is placed into the body through a natural opening like the mouth or anus. The most familiar endoscopic procedures assess the esophagus, stomach, and portions of the colon and intestine.

A CT scans image structures within the body formed by a computer that takes the data from multiple X-ray images and turns them in pictures. A CT scan can disclose some soft-tissue and other structures that can’t be seen in conventional X-rays. It is extremely useful for diagnosing brain tumors.

MRI employs radio and magnetic waves, meaning that there is no exposure to X-rays or any other damaging structures of radiation. This is a moderately new technique beginning in the 1980s which has of late become available for use with animals in a number of specialized units. MRI produces delicately-detailed cross-sectional images of the body which acquiesce far more information about the tissues than do other imaging techniques. MRI is one of the slightest invasive techniques and with CT scans it is priceless for detecting brain tumors.

If you suspect something is wrong with your kitty, consult your veterinarian. Cats disguise pain because pain shows vulnerability and weakness. No matter how slight the change may be, you could be saving your beloved feline’s life with a simple call.

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