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Living with this cancer

June 26, 2010 10:58 AM

My Vaccine Associated Sarcoma was caused by a rabies vaccination that I received in September, 2007. VAS is a rare form of cancer that develops in the vaccination area. They say that 1 in 10,000 cats will get this. I guess I was one of the lucky ones. Early detection is important to keep this under control. Some cats have their legs amputated in order to save their lives. Sadly, these cats are called tripods. My cancer had spread pretty far up my leg so this is not an option. For now, I will undergo radiation therapy and hopefully this will put the cancer in remission.

VAS was first observed in the late 80's and a link to the vaccinations was made in 1991 by Dr. Mattie Hendrick, a veterinary pathologist at the  University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.  Unfortunately, you usually only learn about this aggressive form of cancer after it affects you directly. I hope more people learn about VAS, its cause, identification and treatment of it. Vaccinations are very important to the health of a pet, so we are not advocating eliminating them, we just want people to be more aware of it so they know what to look for. 

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