This rare type of bone cancer falls into the category of non – osteosarcomas. It is more difficult to diagnose than osteosarcoma and much less common. They originate from the fibrous tissues of any bone in the body. Diagnosis can be difficult. The cause is unknown and it is very rare when compared to the occurrence of fibrosarcoma.
Fibrosarcoma is extremely rare in cats. Fibrosarcoma affects the bones of the pelvis, skull and spine, but can also affect the legs of the cat.
Signs and Symptoms
• Pain or lameness in the legs
• Swelling of bones
• Bleeding from the cats mouth or Cat Bad Breath
• Any signs of difficulty eating or swallowing
• Your vet will perform a complete medical examination which will include the following:
1. X-rays of any areas that are affected
2. X-rays of the lungs
3. Blood count and chemistry profile
4. Urinalysis will be done
5. The tumor will be biopsied
• Removal of the tumor which usually includes resection of the bone that is affected
• Cat Radiation Therapy is sometimes used in certain cases to help with pain relief. This is not always successful.
• Pain medication
• Cat Cancer Chemotherapy will be used in the rare instance of metastasis
Any cat with Cat Cancer will need pain medications. Your vet will prescribe something to help your cat with pain and try to assure some comfort. This may be done during the period of diagnosing as well as after the surgery is performed on your cat.
Your cat’s activity should be greatly limited. This will prevent exacerbation of the pain as well as preventing a fracture that is a result of the cancer. The bone will be weakened by the cancer and care needs to be taken. There should be no play during this time. If you have stairs in your home, you should assist your cat when they have a need to go up or down. By providing a safe comfortable place for your cat to relax, there will be less risk of their overacting and further injuring themselves.
You should report any new bump, problems with your cat’s mouth or lameness to your veterinarian immediately. Most lameness is associated with injury to tendons or ligaments or arthritis. This is especially true in older cats. Mouth issues may be due to gum disease, tooth decay, Cat Oral Osteosarcoma or Cat Oral Fibrosarcoma. It can also be due to another type of cancer. If your loving cat is not relieved with rest, treatment of their teeth and medications administered for pain, X-rays should be taken to rule-out the potential bone cancer.
There is also the possibility that the fibrosarcoma cannot be removed with surgery. The prognosis can still be positive. This type of cancer rarely metastasizes to other parts of the cat’s body.
Additional Cat Cancer Pages
Cat Cancer | Cat Skin Cancer | Cat Lung Cancer | Cat Pancreatic Cancer | Cat Cancer Prevention | Cat Cancer Diagnosis | Cat Gastric Cancer | Cat Lymphoma Cancer | Cat Squamous Cell Carcinoma | Cat Mouth Cancer | Cat Brain Tumor | Cat Palliative Cancer Care