Rascal's pathology report diagnosed a Hodgkins-like lymphoma. This type of lymphoma is rare in cats, slow growing, and though not curable, it is treatable.
Dr. C recommended an initial treatment of prednisolone and chlorambucil. These would increase Rascal's quality of life at a relatively reasonable cost, and there would be minimal side effects. At this stage the only other thing he would require would be weekly blood work to keep an eye on his white cell count (because of the chlorambucil).
Without any treatment, Rascal's life expectancy could be anywhere between 2 to 12 months. With treatment, he will likely live longer than a year.
Rascal's dad is out of town until next week. So we have another appointment on Wednesday, by which time he'll be back. By then Dr. C will know what the cost of the chlorambucil, and we'll have had time to discuss and digest all this information.
If anyone has had experience in any of this, I'd love to hear from you.
In the meantime, Rascal's just glad to be home again. His incision is doing fine and healing nicely. He's done a good job of keeping it clean. But as you know, trips to the vet can be quite exhausting, so he has the important business of an interrupted morning nap to tend to.
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