Dear Christopher Cat
My cat Hector was just diagnosed with a type of throat cancer called squamous cell carcinoma. My veterinarian said surgery, chemotherapy and radiation are usually ineffective for this kind of cancer.
Hector is the love of my life, and if you can suggest anything else that might work, I’d consider it. Please help.
Squamous cell carcinoma is the most common oral cancer of cats and humans, accounting for 90 percent of the tumors in cats’ mouths and throats.
Your veterinarian is correct that current treatments are largely ineffective.
However, clinical trials of breakthrough anti-cancer treatments offer some hope. These studies take place around the country, and researchers are looking for cats with cancer to participate.
The experimental anti-cancer treatment and study-related testing, including physical exams and lab tests, are generally offered at no charge.
To learn about current clinical studies of new cancer treatments for pets, visit www.vetcancertrials.org, the Web site of the Veterinary Cooperative Oncology Group.
If you’d rather manage Hector’s cancer without drugs, radiation or surgery, consider the dietary modifications offered at www.askthevetspets.com/d2004-14.asp.
Best wishes to you and Hector.