Fibrosarcoma in cats is an aggressive type of cancer that occurs in the skin. The cancer causes tumors which grow rapidly and can spread to other areas of the body. It is rare for cats to recover fully from this disease.

Cause

Feline fibrosarcoma is a relatively rare form of cancer. When it does occur, it does so in response to a vaccination shot. There are different types of vaccines with some having a higher risk of causing this disease than others.

Signs

Cat fibrosarcoma causes a variety of symptoms that are easy to notice. It is common for cats with this condition to have problems chewing and eating, painful walking, and swelling. Bleeding for no apparent reason is another common sign.

Diagnosis

To start the diagnosis, the vet will perform a thorough physical examination. If the vet isn’t capable of detecting a tumor, an x-ray and blood sample may be helpful. If a tumor can be found, a biopsy of the tissue will prove helpful.

Treatment

Depending on various factors, cats with this disease may have various treatment options. If the cancer hasn’t spread to other areas of the body yet, surgery is an option. However, surgery may not be appropriate depending on your cat’s age and the overall condition of his health.

If the disease has already spread to other areas of the body, then surgery isn’t an option. Instead, radiation and chemotherapy are the only choices for treatment. However, you should be aware that chemotherapy is quite expensive and can a large toll on your cat’s health.

Prognosis

As you should have already gathered by now, the prognosis for cats with fibrosarcoma isn’t good. Tumors that are removed are very likely to recur in a matter of months. Most cats die within two years of diagnosis.

 

Author: Darrin Swain