Feline Lymposarcoma

0fe9287791409facfbddfcc4ba17c9a1.jpg-1.jpg-3 Lymphosarcoma  is one of the most common cancers diagnosed in cats. It is a cancer of the lymphocytes (a type of blood cell) and of the lymphoid tissue. Lymphoid tissue is normally present many places in the body, including; the lymph nodes, the spleen, the liver, the gastrointestinal tract, the bone marrow, and various other places in the body.

Feline Lymphosarcoma can occur in any cat, at any age. One of the leading causes of Lymphosarcoma in cats is the Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV).  Cats who are not infected with FELV are also at risk of developing Feline Lymphosarcoma. The cause in FELV negative cats is suspected to be of genetic origin. The treatment of Feline Lymphosarcoma, and Feline Medicine, is a specialty of Dr. Deborah Y. Strauss D.V.M. She has a true passion for providing medical care to cats who are suffering from this cancer and other feline diseases. Dr. Deborah Strauss is one of the very few veterinarians in the state of Iowa that offers full service chemotherapy, in the treatment of Feline Lymphosarcoma, in private practice. 


 99f849449419129bfa8649e6c2aadb4e.jpg-1.jpg-2Feline Lymphosarcoma can be divided into several different forms, which depend upon the primary (predominant) site of the tumor. The forms this neoplastic disease can take, includes: Gastrointestinal, Mediastinal, Renal, Bone Marrow, External Lymph nodes, and on occasion other sites. The other sites can also include: the skin, the nose, the brain, and the spinal cord, as the primary sites of involvement. Involvement of the external lymph nodes, occurs less frequently in cats than in dogs. The success rate of treatment will depend on the primary site of involvement. 


Signs in cats can include anything out of their normal behavior. However, the most common signs consist of: Lethargy, Weight Loss, Loss of Appetite, Difficulty Breathing, Jaundice, and Swollen Lymph Nodes. 


 Dr. Deborah Y. Strauss D.V.M. is highly experienced in diagnosing and treatment of Lymphosarcoma in cats. Diagnosis consists of clinical and histopathological signs. Differing chemotherapy protocols are used depending on the suspected site of origin, the stage of neoplasia, and the condition of the patient. Dr. Deborah Strauss wants it to be clear that due to the protocols used in the treatment of this specific type of cancer, cats usually do not suffer any severe type of illness from this chemotherapy. Dr. Deborah Strauss has a 85% success rate in the treatment of this specific neoplastic disorder in cats. Survival rates range from one to five years. Response to treatment and survival period of each individual cat depends upon the severity, the stage, and the location of origin of the primary cancer.  Dr. Deborah Y. Strauss D.V.M. has the same positive response rate of 85% to the treatment of this specific neoplastic disease in cats whether or not the cat is FELV negative or positive. The only difference between the two groups of cats that Dr. Deborah Strauss has observed since 1998, is that cats that are FELV positive may not have survival rates as long as the cats who are FELV negative. Survival rates of FELV positive can be as long as three years.



If you feel that you may have a cat suffering from these symptoms, or have any questions, feel free to contact Dr. Deborah Y. Strauss D.V.M. at 319/521-1099. 

Dr. Deborah Strauss has been fully licensed veterinarian sinse 1998, when she graduated from the Iowa State School of Veterinary Medicine in Ames, Iowa.  Dr. Deborah Strauss is a superior veterinarian in the treatment of this specific type of cancer in cats. 

There is hope for a cat suffering from Feline Lymphosarcoma. Although it is true that not all cats respond to treatment, it is also very true that more cats do respond to treatment, than do not, in this type of cancer. These cats usually have a great quality of life that is successfully extended through chemotherapy. Even cats infected by FELV.

There is hope for the cat that is suffering from Feline Lymphosarcoma. Contact Dr. Deborah Y. Strauss D.V.M. if your cat is exhibiting these symptoms.