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Inflammatory bowel disease or cancer?

Jennifer FrantomJennifer Frantom ChicagoMember Posts: 21
edited 7 June, 2007 in Cat Health
I\'m wondering if anyone has had the same symptoms as me and were told it might be IBD or cancer. I have slowly lost 2 pounds in the past two years, and have almost lost a pound this year. I had blood tests and x-rays that showed I don\'t have kidney failure, diabetes, hyperthyroidism or any obvious tumors. The vet said weight loss is a symptom of IBD, so I just started Prednisone to see if that helps me gain weight. If not, I have to get an abdominal ultrasound to look for cancer. What confuses mom is that I don\'t act sick. Could I have had cancer for two years but still be energetic? I\'m wondering if anyone has been in this dilemma and what happened. Purrs, Katie


  • Jenna LuskJenna Lusk Pacific NWMember Posts: 2,034
    edited 5 June, 2007
    If your vet suspects lymphoma, it might be a good thing to go ahead and have an endoscopy done. Abbie had symptoms that were misdiagnosed for a couple of years. She had IBD, but by the time I took her to an internal medicine specialist for an endoscopy, it was already cancer. Even so, I treated it for a year. The earlier you find out what is wrong, the more you can do to keep it from progressing. Also, with IBD, you will probably want to change food to a different type of protein not currently in her diet. I think a trip to an internal medicine specialist would be good , if nothing else, than to just get a consultation.
  • Jennifer FrantomJennifer Frantom ChicagoMember Posts: 21
    edited 5 June, 2007
    Yes, Mom has decided she will take me in for an ultrasound soon. Thanks for the advice.
  • Melissa FordMelissa Ford Santa CruzMember Posts: 3,914
    edited 6 June, 2007
    I agree, go into see an internal medicine specialist. The ultrasound is a good diagnostic tool, but endoscopy is much more definitive. With endoscopy, your vet will be able to actually visualize the stomach and duodenum. They will be able to tell if things look abnormal and if their are any masses. They then take small samples of the stomach and duodenum (small intestine) and submit them to the lab. Within 48-72 hours you'll have your diagnosis. An ultrasound will allow your vet to see if there are any suspicious looking areas or masses. This will not allow them to see the appearance of the stomach or duodenum and often times an ultrasound will lead to endoscopy. Find an internal medicine specialist here: (unfortunately the yearly meetings for all of the IM specialists is June 7th-10th. The majority of these specialists will not be available until next week).
  • Jennifer FrantomJennifer Frantom ChicagoMember Posts: 21
    edited 7 June, 2007
    Thanks everyone. Mom made an appointment with the specialist for next week.
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