Continue tapazole while dying of cancer?

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Continue tapazole while dying of cancer?

Post by Priscilla H Ball » Sat, 13 Dec 1997 04:00:00



My cat has terminal liver cancer, and his vet says she estimates he has a
few weeks to a couple of months left before it's time for him to go to
sleep. He's been on Tapazole for hyperthyroidism for the past few years,
and he's currently on his last refill of the current prescription.

What do folks think about whether I should request another prescription
for him?  Is the Tapazole contributing to his comfort in his last weeks,
or does it probably make no difference to how he feels?  I had no clue
from his condition or behavior that he was hyperthyroid before he was
diagnosed, nor did he appear from the outside to change at all once he was
on medication.

I do plan on asking this same question of his vet when she returns from
vacation next week, but I would like a broader selection of viewpoints to
help inform my decision.

Thanks!

Priscilla

 
 
 

Continue tapazole while dying of cancer?

Post by AtheneIr » Sun, 14 Dec 1997 04:00:00


Dear Priscilla,
     My experience with 2 cats having hyperthyroidism (thyroid tumor) was one
of the sypmtons was that they seemed liked they were starving to death - in
their need for food and the loss of  weight.  Believe me it was painful
watching these cats not get enough food to satiate them.  If she isn't having
these symptons and she is terminal, I certainly (IMHO) would be hesitant to
stop this medication just in case it kicked in symptons that might make his
last days harder.  I certainly would be hesitant to do it without the vet's
advice.  Whatever your decision, my best wishes for you and kitty to enjoy his
last days together before his trip to the Rainbow Bridge.

Sincerely,
Audrey

 
 
 

Continue tapazole while dying of cancer?

Post by Coad & Scot » Sun, 14 Dec 1997 04:00:00


Quote:

> My cat has terminal liver cancer, and his vet says she estimates he has a
> few weeks to a couple of months left before it's time for him to go to
> sleep. He's been on Tapazole for hyperthyroidism for the past few years,
> and he's currently on his last refill of the current prescription.

My Domino also had both conditions.  During the brief time past
diagnosis
of the cancer that she was with us, I continued to give her the
tapezole,
which I'd had compounded into a fishy-flavored liquid by an area pharma-
cist.  I figured that she was so delicately balanced, that to
discontinue
the tapezole might result in a more rapid collapse -- and in any case,
as
the med was tuna-flavored, she thought it was a daily treat, and I'm
sure
she would have missed it.

As it was, she only lasted a couple of weeks -- the liver cancer turned
out to be very aggressive, and when it closed her bile ducts, I and her
vet decided it was time.  She was actually fairly comfortable until
then,
despite the cancer's having metasticized into her chest cavity.

Stacy Scott