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Important study on IBD & small cell GI lymphoma! Please read

November 15th 2011 1:05 pm
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Lacey's mommy here! I'm hijacking her diary for an important reason. We need to get the word out about this as it could benefit so many kitties in the future who develop these horrible diseases!

I’m very excited to announce that IBD Kitties is now working with UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in their study for IBD and small cell GI lymphoma in cats. PLEASE pass this information out to other forums, your blogs, websites, etc. This is an important study and the results could possibly mean a much easier way to diagnose GI lymphoma other than invasive surgery and biopsy. If your kitty has had a biopsy already and has been diagnosed with IBD and Small cell GI lymphoma, and you’d like to participate in this study, they would need a blood sample and some other information from your vet. If you’re interested please contact me at IBD Kitties and I’ll be happy to provide you and your vet with the Dr’s contact information and the proper form.

The University of California at Davis (UCD) School of Veterinary Medicine's Department of Veterinary Surgical and Radiological Sciences is conducting a study in cats with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and Small Cell Gastrointestinal Lymphoma (GILSA). This UCD study is comparing two lymphocyte populations in cats with biopsy-confirmed IBD or GILSA: those lymphocytes circulating in the blood and those found in the tumor biopsies. The goal of the study is to determine if a blood test can be used to predict which disease the cat has based on lymphocyte populations. Additionally, if the test is predictive of one or the other disease, this study will also determine how specific the test is for the two diseases and how sensitive the test in distinguishing between the two diseases. This is not an intervention or therapeutic trial. While enrolling your cat in this trial will not help your cat specifically, your cat's involvement may help other cats with these two diseases. Results from this study may aid in providing a non-invasive pre-surgical/endoscopy diagnostic tool in the future.

Thank you for helping to spread the word on this important study and know that you'll be helping countless kitties in the future!

Purred by: Tink the Cat (Catster Member)

November 15th 2011 at 1:42 pm

This is really exciting - glad you're involved with it!! Luv, Tink & Snow
Purred by: Lacey (Catster Member)

November 15th 2011 at 1:50 pm

Thank you Tink! We'll see if we can get anyone involved in this study. It's hard to do. This study has been going on for 5 years and they've only worked with 6 cats! It's a matter of getting the word out and probably because the cases have spiked a lot in the last couple of years now hopefully they can get more participants. The nice thing is that after we said we'd put it in the newsletter and website, the nice doctor told us that if any kitties participate through us, when the medical paper is written after all is said and done, he's going to give IBD kitties credit in it for helping. Whoo hoo! Mom is trying not to get too excited because we could maybe not even see any cases. It happens!
Purred by: Pipo (Catster Member)

November 15th 2011 at 5:00 pm

Interesting stuff you are doing there.
Meowmy was in a clinical trial when she was on her Chmeo treatments...tons of paperwork, MOL!
Purred by: Lacey (Catster Member)

November 15th 2011 at 5:02 pm

Oh but we aren't the ones in the trial Pipo! This is for SICK kitties and we are (knock on giant wood) healthy!
Purred by: Skylar db#39A (Catster Member)

November 15th 2011 at 7:09 pm

That is really awesome. That would be so much better than a biopsy or a surgery.
Purred by: Pipo (Catster Member)

November 15th 2011 at 7:24 pm

Ooops! I did realize that...but my grammar wasn't getting through to the typist...MOL!
Purred by: Lacey (Catster Member)

November 15th 2011 at 8:31 pm

MOL Pipo we didn't even notice it! MOL. It would be Skylar! I don't know how far he's gotten into the study as far as progress. I Maybe mom will pick his brain a little tomorrow if he has time. He's actually lost a couple of kitties this way himself so he understands the emotional toll it takes.
Purred by: ♥ Jezebel RIP ♥ (Catster Member)

November 15th 2011 at 11:23 pm

That sounds like interesting work they are doing - hope they'll be able to help some kitties.
Purred by: Rufus - In Loving Memory 12/17 (Catster Member)

November 16th 2011 at 5:06 pm

What a great cause. Thanks for sharing.




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