Cat Lymphoma and the Gastrointestinal Tract

Lymphoma is the most common type of cancer in cats, accounting for almost 33% of cat cancers. While lymphoma in general is caused by the same cellular degradation and malfunction as all cancers, gastrointestinal lymphomas’ development may be preventable.

GI Lymphoma in cats is often associated with Inflammatory Bowel Disease, or IBD. IBD in cats is a group of gastrointestinal disorders that develop as a result of inflammation along the lining of the intestinal tract. Chronic vomiting and or diarrhea are the most common symptoms; at the time of diagnosis, the exact cause is often unknown. Unresolved food allergies and food sensitivities contribute to immune system dysfunction.

The increases in inflammatory cells that develop as a result of IBD have been directly linked to the development of GI lymphoma in cats. Chronic vomiting or diarrhea frequently go unnoticed, and at some point the resulting inflammation and scar tissue that develops along the lining of the intestine can transition to cancerous cells, leading to the development of cat GI lymphoma.

Veterinarians choose to treat IBD with steroids and other medications, whereas the natural approach recommends herbal anti-inflammatories, soothing agents, and soil-based probiotics (SBOs). The best way to prevent any GI disorder or disease is to make sure the GI tract has the benefit of SBOs on a regular basis.

The Roll of Good Bacteria: The foundation of a strong immune system is a healthy digestive environment. By providing your cat with SBO supplements, you can help prevent most cases of diarrhea or vomiting from becoming acute or chronic conditions that can develop into GI lymphoma or any other cancer in your cats. If your cat already has cancer, fortifying the immune system can be a powerful adjunct to traditional therapies, making them more effective, and thereby extending their lives. The Royal Society of Medicine of Great Britain claims, “90% of all chronic disease is caused by an unhealthy intestinal system”.

Cats with cancer often develop vomiting and diarrhea as a direct result of the medication insult to their already weakened body. Toxic treatment and medication further weakens their immune system as a side effect of its use impedes the absorption of essential nutrients and energy necessary to fight the cancer. Clearly, gastrointestinal health is essential to your cats’ immune system, and therefore their ability to deal with the toxic effects of conventional medical treatment.

In times of stress or illness, the good bacteria in the gut die off quicker. It doesn’t take much of a die-off to upset the delicate balance between good and bad bacteria. This imbalance soon manifests in the form of diarrhea or vomiting. The greater the imbalance toward bad bacteria, the greater likelihood of your cats’ immune system weakening, thereby setting the stage for chronic vomiting and diarrhea, and more serious illnesses like cat lymphoma.

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