? Melonoma, what is it?

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  1. mary hornbeck

    mary hornbeck Member

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    can someone describe what a melenoma is, my cat, marmalade, has a spot on his eye, prognosis long term?

    Thanks mary
     
  2. Sharon14

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    I don’t know the answer, did the vet diagnose the spot as a melanoma? I will tag @Bobbie And Bubba Her Cat had a cancer in his eye.
     
  3. Bobbie And Bubba

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    Hi there, can you give the exact name of the diagnosis? Bubba had what was called an diffused Iris melanoma. It started off as a dark spot on the iris. When first noticed the vet said that some cats will get these "freckles" on their iris and they can remain harmless ( orange cats are prone to them) however, if they start to grow and or become velvety looking ( as Bubba's did ) it could be an indication that the spots have become cancerous. When I notice this mutation he was taken to a ophthalmologist vet and removal of the eye was RX.

    That removal (enucleation) was done in Oct. of 2015. The biopsy of the eye showed that the cancer cells had were contained in the iris and had not moved into the cillary body or any vascular involvement. We hope for a nice long life for Bubba and I hope that you have the same with Marmalade.

    Keep up the monitoring and any changes should be reviewed by your vet.
     
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  4. mary hornbeck

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    The vet just said melonoma and they would monitor for any changes in color or size
     
  5. Tanya and Ducia

    Tanya and Ducia Well-Known Member

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    Hi Mary,
    there are several types of eye melanoma in cats - is there a chance you get the exact Dx from your vet?

    I hope Marmalade does good otherwise...:)
     
  6. Bobbie And Bubba

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    If the spot is on the iris, it sounds like what Bubba had and the first step was monitoring it for change in size and appearance ( if it get raised and velvety looking ) I hope that it stay a "freckle" and no treatment is necessary.
     
  7. mary hornbeck

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    Hi Bobbi and bubba, I hope it stays a freckle, I hate to think of the alternative
     
  8. mary hornbeck

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    The iris is the dark, middle, of eye?
     
  9. Kris & Teasel

    Kris & Teasel Well-Known Member

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    That's the pupil. The iris is the coloured part of the eye.
     
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  10. PPCW

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    Iris is the colored part of the eye. The hole in the middle is the pupil :cat:.
     
  11. mary hornbeck

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    Okay, his spot was on his pupil
     
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    The color of the spot looks the same as in the picture except the spot is the dark area, not the yellow area
     
  14. Bobbie And Bubba

    Bobbie And Bubba Well-Known Member

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    So more like this photo?

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    How about calling the vet and asking for the diagnosis. If it is pupil involvement, I don't know what it could be.
     
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  15. mary hornbeck

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    I will do that tomorrow or better yet I can email her
     
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    He has a brown smudge like spot on the middle, black, part of eye
     
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