Feline Small Cell Lymphoma Feline_Smallcell_Lymphoma@groups.io
This is a specialized feline health group with membership limited to people caring for a cat with known or suspected small cell lymphoma (SCL) (a specific type of feline lymphoma, also known as low-grade or lymphocytic lymphoma) and veterinary professionals. SCL, when located in the intestine, can present identically to IBD (inflammatory bowel disease), often including nausea and/or diarrhea or constipation, and sometimes just weight loss. It is treated with mild oral chemotherapy and a steroid, and has a very high complete remission rate with a years-long average prognosis while cats enjoy an excellent quality of life.
Formed in 2014, the group is strongly geared towards evidence-based medicine, is up to date on the latest diagnostic and treatment protocols for feline lymphoma, 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. Our commitment is to provide compassionate, correct, up-to-date information through adherence to discussions centered around evidence-based medicine, caring for cats, ongoing awareness of modern research, and continuing compilation of a library of resources for cat caretakers.
This group places a strong emphasis on accuracy of information. Posts may be edited or corrected, for the safety of cats and for the benefit and education of all of our members reading group content.
Intestinal SCL can be diagnosed only by biopsy (endoscopic or surgical) or in limited cases, FNA (fine needle aspirate) of a lymph node with positive follow-on clonality (PARR) test. It cannot be diagnosed via ultrasound, blood tests, or FNA alone. Membership approval requires completion of a short questionnaire, including which diagnostics have been done so far. An ultrasound consistent with SCL or IBD (these diseases often present identically on ultrasound) is a minimum requirement for participating in this group. If no biopsy has yet been done and membership is approved, member participation will be allowed only until a biopsy is performed and a diagnosis has been obtained, in order to avoid repetition and debate. If membership is declined due to lack of diagnosis or suspected diagnosis, the group owner may in some cases be willing to discuss and explain diagnosis procedures and issues offlist.
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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