Feline Small Cell Lymphoma Feline_Smallcell_Lymphoma@groups.io
This is a specialized group with membership limited to people caring for a cat with known or suspected small cell lymphoma (SCL) and veterinary professionals. Also known as low-grade or lymphocytic lymphoma, SCL, when located in the intestine, can present identically to IBD (inflammatory bowel disease), often including nausea and/or diarrhea, and sometimes just weight loss. It is treated with mild oral chemotherapy every other week and a daily oral steroid, and it has a very high complete remission rate with a years-long average prognosis while cats enjoy an excellent quality of life.
Formed in 2014 as the first group dedicated to feline small cell lymphoma, the group is strongly geared towards evidence-based medicine, is up to date on the latest diagnostic and treatment protocols for SCL, and has "seen" more SCL cats, and suspected SCL cats, than most veterinarians. Our goal is to help cat caretakers become better educated and better partners with their vets as they navigate through diagnosis and treatment of this highly treatable disease.
This group places a strong emphasis on accuracy of information, for the safety of cats and for the benefit and education of all of our members reading group content. A definitive intestinal SCL diagnosis can only be had via endoscopic or surgical biopsy or, in some cases, fine needle aspirate (FNA) followed by positive PARR testing. Ability to give advice and discuss treatment is limited when there is no diagnosis. Membership in this group approval requires completion of a short questionnaire.
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Information in this group is for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for your own veterinarian's advice.
The group is dedicated to Charlie. =^..^= b. May 1, 1999 d. Dec.28, 2015 RIP
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