What to do for cat lymphoma?

My cat was diagnosed with lymphoma in the throat. He is 10 years old. How do you know when or if he is in remission and for how long after the cat goes into remission do you continue to administer the chemo and cortisone therapy?

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    By: Kara McCarty El Segundo, CA

    Replied on 04/19/2011

    I'm assuming you mean mediastinal lymphoma when you say lymphoma in the throat.  This is a tumor of the lymphatic tissue in the center of his chest. Unfortunately it is one of the more difficult types to treat and send into remission. Only 10% of patients live greater than 2 years. Remission means that there is no evidence of the tumor or its effects present any more. The best way to check for remission in these cases is with radiographs of his chest. Chemotherapy protocols are set up at the beginning of treatment. There is often an induction phase and a maintenance phase of therapy. Both should be finished even if remission occurs during therapy. How long medications should be continued should be discussed with your cat's veterinary oncologist and/or his regular veterinarian as each case varies by response to therapy as well as the combination of drugs being given.

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