Fibrosarcoma in Cats

Fibrosarcoma is a cancerous growth that can attack several different parts of your cat's body. Some of the most common of these conditions are found in the nasal and paranasal sinuses, although they can also grow in the bones and in other locations as well. The exact symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of these conditions will depend upon which part of your pet's body they affect. Read on for a brief overview of fibrosarcomas of the nasal area in cats, as these are among the most common.

Fibrosarcoma Overview

Like most other types of tumors, it's unclear exactly why fibrosarcomas come about. It is known, however, that they are progressive and malignant. They are invasive and tend to grow slowly compared with other tumors. However, this is not to say that they do not pose a very serious threat to your pet's life and health. Fibrosarcomas are generally more common in dogs than cats, although they can occur in cats of any age and breed. They are slightly more prevalent in male cats than in female cats, and the cause of this is unknown as well.

Symptoms of Nasal Fibrosarcoma

A nasal fibrosarcoma will present some or all of a wide variety of symptoms. Because many of these symptoms can appear to be similar to those of other conditions, it's important to recognize the potential for a very serious health problem any time that you see any of these symptoms in your pet. The symptoms of nasal fibrosarcoma include the following:

  • Discharge from the nose or eyes
  • Bleeding from the nose or eyes
  • Anorexia
  • Bulging eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Bad breath
  • Seizures

If you notice any of these symptoms, take note of them and bring your pet to the vet for a prompt examination. The more information about the symptoms that you can provide to the vet, the better the odds are that he'll be able to diagnose and treat your pet's condition quickly.

Diagnosing and Treating Nasal Fibrosarcoma

A variety of different tests can be helpful in determining a fibrosarcoma in your pet's body. A full blood chemistry test and urinalysis will be necessary, and your vet may also order a series of x-rays or ultrasounds. Finally, a biopsy of the growth itself is helpful in determining whether it is cancerous and malignant.

Treatment of fibrosarcoma depends upon the size and location of the growth. Generally, larger and more fully formed tumors are difficult to remove via surgery, which tends to be the preferred method of treatment otherwise. Surgery is typically combined with radiation therapy. Radiation therapy and chemotherapy can also be provided on their own as means of treating smaller and less invasive tumors. Antibiotics and anti-inflammatory drugs are also helpful at preventing or treating infections that can come about as a result of the tumor and relieving pain and discomfort that your cat may be experiencing as well.

Ask your vet for more information about fibrosarcomas in cats and how to treat your pet.