For Tux's case, surgical removal is not possible because it cannot be fully excised without removing half his face, and MCTs when not removed completely, will cause the cancer to spread even more. Hence, the best treatment is to manage the growth, any ulcers that develop on the surface, make sure he maintains a good standard of welfare.
|Further tests not needed because the treatment for whether tumour is malignant or not is the same|
|Tux when he first went back on the streets after diagnosis|
We then got some tests done for Tux to establish a baseline of his health. This cat is not unwilling to show his disapproval when in pain, and he struggled when the vet tried to draw his blood. This boy still has lots of energy! The tests were good, his blood count, organ functions are healthy.
|Tux getting blood drawn, not happy!|
|Tux enjoying a belly rub from Foster Care Volunteer Riley|
His persistent abscess on his tumour needs medication, and to prevent even further inflammation of it, we are putting him on antibiotics starting today, also because he is having a runny nose (he is not penned together with a flu' cat but he is in the same room as sickies with flu' because we do not have a separate quarantine room. Next time when we expand, we will!) so he would do well with a course of meds that will treat both infections. He will also receive topical medication on his open abscess, primarily irrigating it with saline, and instilling Bactroban antimicrobial ointment. Which is not difficult for us or him, for even bathing him is a treat for the volunteers, he is so calm and okay with everything.
|Tux getting groomed by Foster Care Volunteer Diana|
|The abscess today, after removing some pus|
|Runny nose (that's not blood by the way, just redness)|
For now, he is happy, laidback, enjoying everything we can give him. We hope to be the best stray cat retirement home for him!
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