College of Veterinary Medicine

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Better treatment for cancer in cats

by Bryan 15. January 2009 19:52

Squamous cell carcinoma is the most common oral cancer of cats.  It is the second most common skin cancer.  Cancers, such as these, are treated by our growing oncology service, which provides outstanding, state-of-the-art patient care.  But, what happens if the state of the art leaves a lot to be desired?   Well, our team advances the state of the art as they have done recently in treating squamous cell carcinoma in cats.

A promising new 9-day protocol combining accelerated radiation with chemotherapy was developed recently by CVM faculty Janean Fidel and Rance Sellon, and clinical staff Betsy Wheeler and Robert Houston. 

Dr. Fidel says that “Most veterinarians believe there are no options for treating this disease.”  By conducting these studies, she is changing the state of the art.  In order to get the word out and change the perception that there are no options, she published her results recently in Veterinary Radiology and Ultrasound and presented them at the meeting of the American College of Veterinary Radiology in October.

My primary purpose in pointing this out to you is to provide another great example of the blend of patient care, education, and research that is the hallmark of our academic setting.  Secondarily, however, I wanted you to be aware of this advanced treatment option.  Disseminating information like this is another purpose of this blog.

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Comments (16) -

1/16/2009 10:39:02 AM #

April Gale-Seixeiro

Our cat Walker went through a modified version of this protocol in December after surgery to remove squamous cell carcinoma in his lower jaw.  We were very fortunate that our vet here in Seattle connected us with the right specialists who could provide us with these options and we are very glad that we did go with Dr. Fidel's treatment.  We went from a death sentence to giving Walker the best chance to fight this cancer.

Dr. Fidel and Betsy were wonderful throughout the treatment.  We hope that Walker's experience can be used to further Dr. Fidel's research and help more cats, and can be used to let other cat parents know that there are options when squamous cell is diagnosed.

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3/16/2009 11:03:50 PM #


I wonder if there is an age limit for this protocol.

My cat 17.5 yrs,  was just diagnosed with SCC on his upper jaw.

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5/15/2009 7:03:43 PM #

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That's what i was wondering, cancer is cats. This article is really amazing. I also want to know if there's any age limit. Is it really very harmful.

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5/20/2009 5:49:51 AM #

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5/21/2009 11:55:51 PM #


My cat is suffering from cancer and i have been really struggling to get a better treatment.Thanks for sharing this

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5/27/2009 7:44:16 AM #

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This is really pleasing news for the pet lovers i wish more and more advances in vetnary sciences .

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5/27/2009 1:02:07 PM #

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Oncology is a very important dept. for the animal care and i am glad that there is some advance in cancer treatment for cats.

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5/31/2009 10:42:12 PM #

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This is a great discovery in the vet. medicine i am really glad for this and hope many new vaccines and medicine should come for the pet care.

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6/4/2009 3:52:39 PM #

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yeah you right thomas, this is a great discovery and hopefully vaccines and medicine should come for the pet care.

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6/12/2009 9:02:56 AM #

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Fortunately I don't have pet

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6/17/2009 2:30:33 PM #

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7/16/2009 10:49:57 AM #

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This is great news. Well I never knew cats too suffer from cancer but now after reading your post I came to know this. Thanks for the article.

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It is so good to know that such cancers are treatable in cats. It is really good that research is being carried out to cure the adorable dumb creatures. They too after all go through so much of pain.

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