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Feline nasal lymphoma

submitted by grenzy 10 months 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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