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What is Lung Cancer?

There are two types of lung cancer that affect cats: primary lung tumors and metastatic lung tumors. Primary lung tumors, which originate in the lung, are incredibly rare in cats. The number of cases of primary lung tumors in cats has increased in recent years, though the exact reason for the increase is unknown. Metastatic lung tumors are a secondary type of lung cancer that originally forms in another part of the body and spread to the lungs. Both types of lung cancer primarily affect cats that are over ten years of age.

Symptoms of Lung Cancer in Cats

The symptoms of lung cancer may differ depending on where the cancer originated, how aggressive it is, and whether or not the affected cat has suffered from prior lung disease. Symptoms may manifest in different ways, and some may not appear at all. For example, certain breathing problems and coughing are surprisingly uncommon; less than a third of cats diagnosed with lung cancer have breathing problems.

Look out for any of the following symptoms if you suspect your cat may have lung cancer:

  • Anorexia, or loss of appetite
  • Lethargy and weakness
  • Labored or rapid breathing
  • Excessive coughing
  • Coughing up blood
  • Excessive hiding
  • Fever
  • Excessive meowing
  • Insomnia
  • Vomiting
  • Sudden lameness

Metastatic cancer that has spread to the lungs may be accompanied by other symptoms depending on where the cancer originated, including:

  • Change in urination and defecation
  • Slow-healing wounds
  • Skin sores
  • Unexplained bleeding

Causes of Lung Cancer in Cats

The causes of lung cancer may vary depending on whether or not the cancer is primary or metastatic. However, the primary cause of lung, and many other types of cancer, is exposure to carcinogenic substances in the environment. Cats that live in households with an active smoker are twice as likely to develop cancer as those that live in smoke-free households.

Diagnosis of Lung Cancer in Cats

The vet will initially perform a chest x-ray, but sometimes these can come back normal even if the cat does have cancer because tumors have to grow to a certain size before they will show up clearly. A biopsy will be taken to confirm the presence of cancer. Ultrasounds and CT scans, used in conjunction with fine needle aspiration (FNA), are also diagnostic methods to diagnose several types of cancer. The vet may also take urine and blood samples in order to test for other diseases.

Treatment of Lung Cancer in Cats

Before recommending a course of treatment, the vet will have to determine the stage of the cancer. However, due to the nature of the cancer, treatment is purely palliative in many cases, or done to ease the cat’s pain as opposed to treating the underlying cause. 

For primary lung tumors, surgery is generally required to remove the part of the lung where the tumor is located. During this process, the veterinary surgeon will administer a variety of pain management medications to the cat in addition to epidural anesthesia. There will also be a chest tube in place that will eliminate any air or fluid in the lungs. Since anesthesia is dangerous for older animals, and even more so for animals who suffer from pulmonary diseases, the cat may be placed on a ventilator during surgery. The surgery will normally be followed by chemotherapy or radiation treatment to slow the spread of any remaining cancer cells. This course of treatment has the best prognosis.

For metastatic lung tumors, the vet will recommend treatment based on where the other tumors are located in the body. Certain types of tumors are difficult to remove surgically and may be treated with chemotherapy or radiation. Unfortunately, by the time the cancer spreads to the lungs, it is usually in its aggressive final stages, resulting in a poor prognosis with a high likelihood of tumor recurrence.

In most cases of feline lung cancer, anticancer drugs may be ineffective as pulmonary cancer tends to have a strong resistance to drugs.

Recovery of Lung Cancer in Cats

The cat will be kept in the hospital until its breathing has improved and pain subsides enough to be managed by tablets. The chest tube must be left in place for 12-24 hours following surgery. During the recovery period, the cat will be given pain medication through IV, patches, or tablets (if the cat is awake).

The cat will not be allowed to exercise for up to 2 weeks following the surgery in order for the surgery site to heal completely. An Elizabethan cat collar or bandage may be used in order to prevent the cat from irritating the site. Swelling may occur near or on the surgery site for up to a week after surgery; this is normal.

The vet will prescribe pain medication which must be taken for several days after the surgery. The vet will schedule follow-up appointments as needed for chemotherapy or radiation treatment, as well as to check for tumor recurrence.

If the owner is an active smoker, the best thing they can do for their cat (and themselves) is to stop smoking. Smoking outside will not prevent the cat’s cancer from recurring, since the owner carries the carcinogen in their hair, clothes, and skin.

Lung Cancer Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Hazel
American Medium Hair Brown Tortoise Shell Calico
17 Years
Critical condition
0 found helpful
Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Urinating Outside Litterbox

Medication Used

Asthma injection
Royal Canin Renal Diet

I'm curious as to what caused the cancer in my cat? While it's possible she was exposed to my mother and father's smoking for the first few years of her life and it MIGHT have caused it, our other cat who lived along side her and almost as long as her has none of the symptoms she had and he still lives with them. Mom had quit smoking when my cat turned 3 but not my dad though he moved his smoking to outside. My cat and I moved out and into a non-smoking household when she was 8. Fast forward to her being 17 years old. I noticed she was breathing weird shortly after her 17th birthday and took her to the vets for a check-up and blood work for a senior cat exam. They also checked her urine. They told me at the time that the younger kitten in the house was making her more active and wearing her out which would trigger her to breathing hard. Her blood work came back completely healthy. I was told that a cat her age should have at least something wrong and showing up in her blood work. They had to double check it was in fact the same cat. They did say that her urine seemed watered down. That she was drinking an excessive amount of water which could be an early sign she is having trouble filtering her system. So they prescribed her to eat Royal Canin renal diet formula. She actually enjoyed it and ate well. She would still run around the house and play with the kitten or me. She ate, drank, and used the litterbox regularly. So I was at ease. She was a little underweight but they said it was normal for cats her age. Three months later she was eating a lot less and her breathing was worse. She was gasping for air and coughing like a hairball was caught. Sometimes she'd vomit and then piss on the floor. I called in and took her once more. They finally did an x-ray. Her stomach was filling with air from her gasping and getting trapped which pushed onto her lungs. One of her lungs was enlarge, but both were very cloudy. They told me it was possible she had feline asthma but it could also be cancer. They gave her the injection treatment for the asthma and told me to keep an eye on her for 24 hours. I believe it was a steroid injection. If she improves it was asthma and we'd start a treatment plan, if not it was cancer. The next morning while I was on the phone with the Vet tech she had another gasping/coughing fit. I felt it was worse than before. They said it was kinder to let her sleep. Cancer treatment would not cure her at that stage and it would only prolong her suffering, so I made the choice. He mentioned she could have had it for a long while but only recently started to show signs. What would cause her cancer? Suddenly and progressively showing such symptoms and without any bad blood work? Was it the smoking my parents did? She was an indoor only cat. No house plants and she only ate hard food. She was picky and would not eat moist food. She did have bad teeth and gave a fight when it came to brushing her teeth using cat friendly toothpaste.. so it wasn't as frequent as it should have been perhaps. Household chemicals were put up in the bathroom out of her reach. ( She didn't like the bathroom. )I'm trying to think of anything else she could have gotten into or around. We don't use perfumes, but we do use Gain laundry soap and Snuggle dryer sheets. ( Neither of which she messed with as old dryer sheets and the lint was thrown out instantly. ) Is lung cancer even hereditary in cats?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I"m sorry for the loss of your Hazel. You may never know what caused the cancer in her chest. That type of cancer isn't typically hereditary, and at 17, it may have been something that was slow growing until it started to affect her breathing. The sad part of our pets living longer is that cancer does happen at some point to many animals, in many forms. You made the right decision for her, so that she wasn't suffering. Again, I'm sorry for your loss.

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Miss P
mixed
16 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

cough

My cat will be 16 in June. She has a lung tumor that does not appear to have spread (CT scan yesterday), and appears operable. However, due to her age, I'm hesitant to have surgery. I have lost 6 cats at 15 or younger, none have gotten as old as this cat. I need good, level headed advice. (One of my cats I had to let go after putting her through horrible cancer surgery in her intestine, don't want to make the same mistake.)

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Surgery to remove a lung tumour is an invasive surgery, more so than for removing an intestinal tumour; when you combine this with Miss P’s age we need to be sure that the risk-benefit balance is worth it before deciding to proceed with surgery. A decision to operate is at the discretion of the Surgeon performing the surgery, a thorough examination would be required along with pre anaesthetic blood tests to check liver and kidney function. I cannot make the decision as I haven’t examined Miss P, but you should discuss the options at length with your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Blue
Russian Blue
Unsure, older than 10
Serious condition
3 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Breathing Difficulty
Coughing

A month ago, my cat had x-rays and found a large tumor in his lungs. We brought him home and told us we could either do surgery (but risky because he is older and we do not have the money) or we could eventually have him put down. He does not seem like he is in pain but I do not know. He continues to eat and drink fine. His cough has gotten worse and it looks like he has trouble breathing. I do not know what to do since this is a very sad and tough situation for me. Should we put him down soon? I don't want to put him down too early if he isn't in pain, but I also do not want him to suffer. Let me know what you think. Thank you.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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These cases are always difficult, especially if he is coughing and having breathing difficulties already; I would keep an eye on him and make sure that he is comfortable. You need to try and look at Blue as though you weren’t his owner as your love for him may cloud your judgement about what is in his best interests; also think about keeping him alive is in your interest or his? I know it isn’t an easy question to answer but you need to take a step back. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

5 days ago my 12 year old cat got a runny nose and started to drool. She was sleeping a lot and couldn't seem to swallow. I took her to the vet. Bloodwork was fine as was the xray. IV and antibiotics were given. She got worse. She couldn't walk. We went back to the vet and were told they saw nothing but to take her for an ultrasound because it could be GI cancer. The specialist found Primary lung cancer with metasticises to lymph nodes. She was suffering. In 5 days I went from having a playful tabby to a cancer ravaged, suffering girl. I held her close until she passed-euthanipassed-euthanizing her was the only humane thing I could do for my precious pet. I do not smoke and have no odors or chemicals in the home...I'm grieving the loss of my precious friend.

One of my cats was diagnosed with primary lung cancer. She had stopped eating and x-rays showed a mass on her lungs. She died less than two weeks later. Another cat was coughing. X-rays showed a mass on one of his lungs. He had surgery to remove the one lobe and it turned out not to be cancer at all. It was related to an overactive immune system. Everyone was surprised that it was not cancer. Three years later he is still doing well, being treated for allergies.

I am so sorry that you are in such a situation. I dread losing my cat, who is 16 years old. I know the day will come when I have to make the choice you are now facing. I literally pray for guidance to know when the time is right. It's very cruel that pets only accompany us for such a short time in this life, but I believe, I MUST believe, that we will meet again someday. I hope you find comfort in your time of need and trust that your decision will be the right one. God bless.

Hi I was at work today and got a call from my daughter that my one cat was not right he had a running nose and coughing so she call the vet took the cat into the vet waited for them to come back and tell her that he had lung cancer not a clue until the running nose today he was ten years old was told bring him home with pain medication or put him down we chose to put him down I can’t be selfish just to have him longer and try stuffing pills down his throat when all it would do is help the pain not putting him through that all I can say is you know what and when to do it may my boy Rest In Peace

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Blanche
Persian
14 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Lung Cancer,
Weight Loss
Dry Cough
Inflammation in Lower

Hi! We have a 14 y.o Angora-Persian cat. We have taken good care of her. Before her we had her grandmother who lived to 21 years.
During the last year she has had problems with puking, which was solved with diet changes.
However, recently she also began to dry cough and had pains in her lower back. We took her to the vet and got pain medication for her. (She had elevated non-ionised Calcium as well, from blood tests). This was two weeks ago.
, which helped a lot with her back pains, but she still had the cough.
Today we took her to the vet again and requested new blood tests and a CT which we were told she would get. When the vet returned they had taken an X-ray and said that Blanche has lung cancer and immediately needs to be put down and claimed that she is in great pain.
She is a very social cat, and even during the last week's she has been very cuddly and kept me company during my medical studies, we refused to have her put down. We wanted to keep the x-rays to which the vet refused as well as the blood tests. When we asked about treatment she said that "There is no such thing", which a quick Google proved wrong.
Anyhow, we left and are now hoping to treat her cancer in some way. We do not want to lose Blanche, and we have taken very good care of her during the years.
Do you have any advice as to how we can get her treated?
Thanks in advance!
P.S also, any idea of price range for treatments?
Also, it wouldn't let me add any other symptoms :(

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm sorry that that is happening to Blanche. Given her behavior and general comfort level that you describe, it might be a good idea to get a second opinion, as it does not seem that you were given very many options. If she does have lung cancer, it depends on the extent of the cancer and her quality of life whether treatment options are available and whether she can continue to live her life, however long that may be. Lung cancer is typically not treated very successfully, but there are veterinary oncologists who may be able to help, as they specialize in cancer treatment. They would be able to give you a better idea as to the cost of treatments once the possibility for treatment is evaluated. I hope that you are able to keep her comfortable for a while longer.

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Curly
moggy
11 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Not Eating
Anorexic
Lethargy
Noisy Breathing
slow moving

My cat Curly is 10 years old. He is anorexic and what we think is lung cancer (we didn't do any invasive testing, just an Xray which was alarming and blood test and an ultrasound for purposes of elimination of other possible problems). His first sypmtoms were not eating and losing weight, that was 6 weeks ago now and has not eaten voluntarily at all for about 3 weeks now only by being force fed by me with high protein food from the vet. I have him on pain medication and his breathing is slightly laboured, he is getting more stressed out by me force feeding him and has begun panting afterward.It isn't the easiest thing to not make stressful. I know his health is failing fast and he doesn't have long before I will have to make the decision. In the meantime, do you have any ways I can make him feel more comfortable? breathe easier? Is there other symptoms that will present towards the end? What are the signs I should look out for so I know when it is time for him to go?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is never easy to advise pet owners about what to expect at the end since the subject is sensitive and each case is different; generally when deciding on when the time is right it is important to look at quality of life, is Curley able to live a decent life which is worth living? Apart from that, you need to think about overall comfort: is Curley struggling to breathe? Able to visit a litter tray? Eat and drink alone? Is he distant and not seeking affection? Only you can say when the time is right as you need to be sure you’re comfortable with the decision. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kazbah
white turkish angora
14 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

what does it mean to have a slow growing nodule on lung of feline?
how many x rays over each month will prove it to be inflammatory granuloma? If it is cancer, how fast does it grow and when do critical symptoms show?

kazbah was scheduled for radiation iodine treatment when this was detected. When would I know I can proceed with iodine treatment to help eliminate thyroid test and medications and have more chance of stability, Now dealing with kidney issues.

have so much to deal with thyroid, kidney and the questionable mass.Finances are low and I am so worried about him, Overwhelmed
with monitoring his medical conditions. What can I prepare for regarding deterioration while he is doing fairly to pretty well. I am alone , and we are vey attached, grieving the loss of his brother Bongo last year, without surgery or chemo how long can I hope to have him and me him? We have had so much loss. please aid in my anxieties. thank you.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are no straight answers to your questions since there are many variables, in order to get a definitive diagnosis you would be looking at either an ultrasound guided fine needle aspirate or attempt to get some cells by performing a tracheobronchial lavage (but this can be unrewarding). Progression and size increases can be an indicator of the type of lesion but vary from case to case; x-ray alone is usually insufficient. Prognosis really depends on the type of lesion present and the general progression. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Samantha
Siamese
13 Years
Fair condition
2 found helpful
Fair condition

13 yr old, otherwise healthy, cat...x-rays show spots/ probable lung cancer.Breathing becoming labored.Prednisone prescribed, 2 days ago. Doesn't seem to help.Cat still eating, behaving relatively normal..other than wheezing, & breathing labored.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without knowing the specific type of lung cancer it is difficult to direct treatment; if there are multiple masses, surgery may not be suitable and we need to consider his age. Supportive and symptoms care can be given, but I would suggest a visit to an Oncologist who would be able to shed more light on the diagnosis and the options available for you. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Boo boo
mixed
5 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Heavy breathing weak disoriented
Heavy Breathing

My cat was diagnosed with a tumor in his lung today. We brought him to the clinic because he was weak breathing heavy and disoriented. Is there anything that can be done other than put him down to save his life.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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When dealing with lung tumours, there are many different factors to consider including the type of tumour, whether it is a primary or secondary tumour, single tumour or multiple tumours, enlarged local lymph nodes, general health among other factors. Without knowing more I wouldn’t want to give any random advice, you should discuss with your Veterinarian your options as you may have been too overwhelmed by the bad news to ask at the time. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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woodroe
long hair
5 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

My vet took X-ray of my cat . 6 years old. Started coughing 4 months ago a wet deep coughs. Gave antiobiotic shot cough went away six weeks.cough returned giving steroid shot. no cough for two dsys, now returned no weight loss. loved to go outside can it not be cancer

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Typically cancer would be seen on an x-ray and there would be no improvement with antibiotics; you should discuss with your Veterinarian about possible infections and think about culture and sensitivity if it is an infection. Without examining Woodroe I cannot say for sure whether or not there is an infection, cancer or other cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cinder
tabby
7 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Poor Bladder Control
Loss of Appetite

Medication Used

Prednisolone

Is thereto help prevent more weight loss? What about CBD for cats? He’s weak and goes into hiding now, use to cuddle now he doesn’t. Was an outdoor cat was told no more outdoors.

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Kazba
white turkish angora
15 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

was told feline had medium mass on lung but no biopsy taken how do we know it is cancer he has controlled thyroid disease and beginning of kidney disease this mass was noted on x ray

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Masses found on the lung are suggestive of cancer, especially if they are very dense on the x-ray; an ultrasound guided biopsy may be performed but there are limited options available if it is cancer given Kazba’s age and kidney disease. The kidney disease should be managed with dietary changes to reduce workload on the kidneys. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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nikita
Savannah
6 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

coughs

hi, my girl just turned 6.. 2 months ago.the docs found a mass or tumor on her lung and dont know if its cancer..they are saying to cut it out and part of the lung..is this the right way to go or is there other steps before going right to surgery?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm sorry that is happening to Nikita. Since that is such a radical surgery, it might be a good idea to get a second opinion. I can't examine her or see the x-rays so can't comment on the severity of her condition or her general health status, but an ultrasound-guided biopsy might be another option, depending on the location of the tumor. I hope that she is okay.

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Karmie
Manx
16 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Breathing Difficulty
Weakness
Tires Easily
Sneezing

Medication Used

Prednisolone

My 16 year old cat was diagnosed with mammary cancer last May. Since then (until about 2 weeks ago), she was doing amazingly well. We never had biopsies, or anything removed. The prognosis of doing so, at her age, were just as "good" as not doing anything, per 4 Vet opinions. So they are all "assuming" she has cancer. The 1st Vet at the practice we take her to is the only one who thought they were benign. That was almost 1 year ago. Since then they have grown, but not too much. Without going into 2 weeks worth of details, she started to show different signs and symptoms, and has been up and down. More down than up. We had her back up Vet come to the house, and then took her to her cat Doctor for a follow up (Xray's and labs). They compared her Xray's from last year (May) to last weeks, and seem to think cancer cells have spread to her chest and lungs. She was given a shot of prednislone and sent home with lysine. She is still eating, drinking, using the restroom, talking (though not as much). Her breathing is what worries me the most. It isn't terribly labored- not open mouthed, but often times heavy through the nose. She doesn't seem ready to leave us, we're not ready for her to go (she is my everything!!!), and the Vet seems to want to wait to "see what she tells us on a day-to-day basis). She gets winded just from eating and even taking a few small steps. As long as she is in bed, her breathing isn't as labored, and she eats and drinks on her own. Oh, she also has a UTI and is on an antibiotic now. She is also sneezing, which she never did before. I feel these Vets may have some of this wrong. I don't know... I know she is old, but we are only assuming she has cancer b/c of the masses on her mammary glands, and from what they saw on the Xray (no masses- more like cloudy throughout). Her other Vet who makes house calls has yet to reply to my messages with labs and Xrays. If I send them all to you, would you be able to give me an opinion? I am doing everything I can here to keep it together. If there is something more I should be doing, I need to know. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this long (and all over the place) message.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Unfortunately, without seeing Karmie, i can't comment on what might be happening with her. I am sorry that she is having these problems. if her mammary cancer has metastasized to her lungs, it isn't surprising that she is short of breath. If your veterinarian isn't sure about the x-ray diagnosis, they may be able to send the x-rays to a board certified radiologist, to get another opinion. I hope that she is okay.

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Linda
mixed
10 Years
Critical condition
1 found helpful
Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Coughing hacking
Coughing hacking won’t eat or drink
Coughing

Last night I took my cat to the hospital she is 10 yrs old I adopted her when she was 7. She has lost weight stoped grooming herself and has been coughing / hacking daily for months I didn’t think much of it. She eats cat grass daily I have read that maybe the grass makes her hack. She hasn’t eaten or drank anything for 3 days. I had X-rays done on her blood work and a urinalysis. The vet said she has nodules in her lung and there was nothing that can be done. My question is how sure can she be that it is cancer by looking at an X-ray? and that she said it’s best to euthanize her. What if I would of caught this earlier I feel as though she may of been a canidate for surgery. I am just so upset that I had no idea I don’t know if she was suffering or in pain.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Obviously without examining Linda, seeing x-rays and listening to the chest I cannot say what the severity of the the condition is and whether or not the signs point to lung cancer or not; in the link below there is an x-ray image where cancer has been identified and circled for educational benefit, obviously not all patients have multiple lesions (some have only a solitary one) but an image like this and another taken at another angle can be highly suggestive. If it is cancer (again I cannot comment), surgery may be indicated in cases with a single lesion; but ‘multiple nodules’ becomes unrewarding and may leave Linda recovering from a traumatic surgery to only have the same outcome. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM http://criticalcaredvm.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/600x226xmasses-in-lung.jpg.pagespeed.ic_.Vr_IqdBvsp.jpg

My 16 year old cat was diagnosed with mammary cancer last May. Since then (until about 2 weeks ago), she was doing amazingly well. We never had biopsies, or anything removed. The prognosis of doing so, at her age, were just as "good" as not doing anything, per 4 Vet opinions. So they are all "assuming" she has cancer. The 1st Vet at the practice we take her to is the only one who thought they were benign. That was almost 1 year ago. Since then they have grown, but not too much. Without going into 2 weeks worth of details, she started to show different signs and symptoms, and has been up and down. More down than up. We had her back up Vet come to the house, and then took her to her cat Doctor for a follow up (Xray's and labs). They compared her Xray's from last year (May) to last weeks, and seem to think cancer cells have spread to her chest and lungs. She was given a shot of prednislone and sent home with lysine. She is still eating, drinking, using the restroom, talking (though not as much). Her breathing is what worries me the most. It isn't terribly labored- not open mouthed, but often times heavy through the nose. She doesn't seem ready to leave us, we're not ready for her to go (she is my everything!!!), and the Vet seems to want to wait to "see what she tells us on a day-to-day basis). She gets winded just from eating and even taking a few small steps. As long as she is in bed, her breathing isn't as labored, and she eats and drinks on her own. Oh, she also has a UTI and is on an antibiotic now. She is also sneezing, which she never did before. I feel these Vets may have some of this wrong. I don't know... I know she is old, but we are only assuming she has cancer b/c of the masses on her mammary glands, and from what they saw on the Xray (no masses- more like cloudy throughout). Her other Vet who makes house calls has yet to reply to my messages with labs and Xrays. If I send them all to you, would you be able to give me an opinion? I am doing everything I can here to keep it together. If there is something more I should be doing, I need to know. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this long (and all over the place) message.

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Sydney
Cat
14 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

none

My cat had an echocardiogram done 2 weeks ago. They saw a mass that the doctor thought was primary lung tumor that would be easily removed. Today they did a CT scan before proceeding with surgery and saw other small lesions on her lungs. They are doing a biopsy now but the doctor is assuming it is cancer so they will not do surgery. She has no symptoms. If it is in her lungs does that automatically mean the prognosis is not good?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Primary lung tumours in cats are rare, however over 80% of primary lung tumours are malignant with adenocarcinoma being the most common type of tumour. A biopsy would be valuable at this point to get a specific diagnosis and to determine a cause of treatment whether that be medical or surgical management. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.msdvetmanual.com/respiratory-system/respiratory-diseases-of-small-animals/neoplasia-of-the-respiratory-system-in-small-animals#v3294964 www.msdvetmanual.com/cat-owners/lung-and-airway-disorders-of-cats/cancers-and-tumors-of-the-lung-and-airway-in-cats#v3246377

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Stu
Domestic shorthair
17 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

None!

Medication Used

Royal Canin Renal food for cats

Stu is 17. Two weeks ago I took him to the vet for a dental cleaning. Blood work showed Stu has developed kidney disease. I was also told Stu has a heart murmur now. The vet took a chest X-ray and she sees a mass either in his lung or just outside the lung. She also suspected this mass probably originated from somewhere else. This was a lot to hear. The dental wasn’t done due to the multiple issues. I decided to start the renal cat food. I will not treat the lung mass, mostly due to Stu being 17and I simply can’t afford further testing and treatment. That will have to take its course.

So far Stu loves the food and has always been a good water drinker. If he feels bad or is in pain, I can’t tell it at all. He sleeps a lot, but at 27 I think that’s to be expected. He uses the litter box, seems to be breathing just fine, and I have never heard him cough. He looks good, much younger than his 17 years.
He is most definitely not suffering.

I’m baffled by this lung mass and lack of symptoms. I’m thinking if it’s already spread from somewhere else, doesn’t that mean it’s advanced. Is there a chance this lung mass could be benign? I really don’t want to do a sonogram because it will stress him out and I really can’t afford it. I was told it could still be difficult to gauge the size of the mass. I’m really stumped by this diagnosis and lack of symptoms.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It is possible that the mass may not be cancer, but may be a growth of another kind. If it is slow growing and doesn't affect his breathing or his energy, he could continue to live his life without being affected by it. What the mass will do is just a 'wait and see' type situation if you have decided not to pursue therapy for it. I hope that he continues to do well!

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Stella
MaineCoon
17 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Constipation
Tumor, back Leg paralysis,

Medication Used

prednisone

Hello. My Maine Coon Stella was diagnosed with lunch cancer in april. She is nearly 18 and the cough is what brought me in. She has been taking a steroid but yesterday one of her hind legs appears to have paralysis. I thought perhaps she fell, but all her favorite spots have chairs and stool to help her jump easier since she began feeling sick. She hasn’t pooped in nearly 4 days and even 7 months ago would once or twice have a painful, constipated bowel movement taking forever to come out, panting. Nothing has come out and I don’t see her trying. I fear the paralysis could be from constipation or the cancer? It was very large mass in 1 lung. Although her blood was perfect we felt her age alone was a reason to not operate and put her through the discomfort. I am feeding her where she rests but she is not herself suddenly. She is still loving and purring but when we go to the vet tomorrow I fear he is going to suggest she will get worse and euthanize her. I don’t want to have her suffer just to be with me longer, but I can’t find it in my heart to lose her and make that call. Do you think any hope for her?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I wish that I could give you an idea as to how Stella will do, but without seeing her, I cannot. I'm not sure if she is enjoying life at the current time, but if she is purring and happy, she may have a little more time. Your veterinarian will be able to determine if she is constipated or not, or what is going on with her, and help you decide if she is suffering or not. I hope that she is okay.

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Tinker
Russian
14 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Wheezing lung cancer throat

Medication Used

Prednisolone

Tinker on palliative prednisolone 8 days due for meds assessment on day 14. Has wheezing sound & 1 day left of antibiotics for cold she caught after CT scan revealed lesions in lungs.

Masses were inoperable.

I wonder if she needs anything else with this development. She’s not in pain but she seems uncomfortable to me.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without knowing more about Tinker's condition or health status, or being able to examine her, I can't really comment on what she may need. If she seems uncomfortable or is having trouble breathing, it would be a good idea to call or visit your veterinarian and see if there are any other treatments that she may need, as they know more about her specific condition and situation.

I was able to contact my vet and he replied that keep her on 1/2 tablet of prednisolone and nothing else needed. Tinker is a small Russian Blue whom I love and adore. So the masses on her neck were to close to other structures and CT scan revealed and her lungs had lesions an X-ray did not pick up.
I did clean the house and so the dust maybe affected her because she stopped the wheezing not long afterwards. She’s happy and normal otherwise.
Thank you for your assistance.
It was good to have a vet to write to. I realised I had my vet’s direct number and sent him a text message and I was grateful.

I have to be so careful she doesn’t suffer prior to her needing to peacefully pass with vet’s assistance. I’m worried it will be at night so tomorrow I’ll contact nearest emergency animal hospital so they know I could have to bring Tinker to them.

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Niuniu
Mix
13 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

lung tumore
intestine tumore

Niue Niue is an female cat of mine, just a week ago she started to eat less, feeling weak, and won't eat nor drink for a week. Just two days ago when she try to walk her back legs always flop up, we took her to the animal hospital yesterday night the doctor give her an x-ray saying the she is very sick, she has intestine tumor that spread into the lungs, the x-rays shows that her lungs are full with dots of tumor, the doctor explain to me that she is not gonna live over a week. Since you guys are experts can, you tell me whether there is a treatment to cure her or I have to leave her painfully dieing out. Lastly, I lived in south California do you guys can suggest a good animal hospital to let her get helped. Thank you!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Unfortunately, once a tumour has metastasised it is a much worse prognosis overall; at this stage you would be looking at palliative care rather than treating the cancer, once it gets to this stage there is nothing that can be done. I wish I had better news for you. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thankyou!

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Tuxedo II
Grey/white tuxedo short hair
9 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

vomiting, coughing

Medication Used

prednisolone 1/day

My 9+ year old FIV+ cat was vomiting and coughing. I brought her to a vet and the X-ray revealed a very large tumor in her lung. The vet said it was 95% chance that she had lung cancer. I decided not to do further tests with an oncologist or seek aggressive cancer fighting treatments.
The vet prescribed a daily prednisolone pill to make her time more comfortable. What do you think of the use of prednisolone with lung cancer cats? I was told that with cats who are in better health that the dosage is reduced after 10 days due to the medicine suppressing the immune system and doing damage in the long term. However given that my cat has cancer, the dosage is to remain the same to the end.
Note I was not sure if I should put critical or serious...I guess it is critical. Please comment on the prednisolone.
Please comment.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Prednisolone is indicated in some chemotherapy protocols and may be used alone as part of palliative care; prednisolone is a corticosteroid which has effects on multiple organ systems including the immune system, without knowing the specific dosage I cannot comment on whether or not the amount given would have an immunosuppressive effect or not. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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woodrow
Black
6 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

raspy breathing

My 6 year old cat was diagnosed with lung cancer? priior we tried antiobotics for 6 week Hes had respy cough and periodically on and off his breathing sounds conjested .6weeks ago xray showed large growth in lung. 6weeks of steriods still has cough but growth had shrunk. I asked vet to give antibotic shot in hopes of breathing beinf better. Today hes breathing heavy could the
antiobotic have made worse?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It is very unlikely that the antibiotic would have made Woodrow's breathing worse. I think it is more likely that his breathing is related to the mass in his lungs, and if he is having trouble breathing, he may need oxygen therapy. Keep a close eye on him to make sure that he is doing okay, eating and acting normally otherwise.

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