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Feline nasal lymphoma

submitted by grenzy 1 year and 1 month ago
This article visits the subject of nasal lymphoma in cats, its incidence, presenting signs, treatment options and nursing care. Lymphosarcoma, or lymphoma, is a systemic, round cell cancer, which arises from lymphoid tissues. Whilst multicentric lymphoma is more commonly diagnosed in dogs, it is more usual for cats to present with a specific anatomical site affected. Lymphoma is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the nasal cavity, although nasal lymphoma is a relatively uncommon tumour. Nasal lymphoma is termed an extranodal lymphoma, commonly affecting older cats, and representing 5 – 10% of anatomic-specific lymphoma cases. Presenting signs are a consequence of the anatomical location of the tumour and its local effects. Diagnostics for nasal lymphoma follow a stepwise approach to initially establish a general health profile of the individual patient, as well as more specific modalities, including advanced imaging. A variety of treatment options may be employed and will depend on the grade and stage of the tumour, as well as any patient-specific factors. Nursing care of these patients may involve assistance with diagnostics, administration of prescribed treatments, comfort management, nutritional planning and/or assisted feeding and providing owner advice/support.

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