|Medical records of 42 cats treated with mandibulectomy for oral neoplasia at eight institutions were reviewed to determine morbidity, progression-free interval, and survival time.
Progression-free and survival rates at 1 and 2 years were 56% and 49%, and 60% and 57%, respectively.
Cats with squamous cell carcinoma had significantly shorter survival than cats with fibrosarcoma or osteosarcoma.
Seventy-two percent of cats were dysphagic or inappetent immediately postoperatively, and 12% never regained the ability to eat.
Despite acute morbidity in 98% and long-term morbidity in 76% of cats, 83% of the 30 owners providing information were satisfied with the outcome of mandibulectomy.
Source: Nicole C. Northrup, et al (2006): Outcomes of Cats With Oral Tumors Treated With Mandibulectomy: 42 Cases. In: Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association 42:350-360 (2006)
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