Your cat’s treatment will depend on where their cancer is, how big it is, and whether it has spread around the body. Treatment is always easier if the cancer is small, caught early, and hasn’t spread around the body.
If your cat’s cancer is small and in a location that is easy to operate on, it may be possible for your vet to remove it. If your cat’s cancer is large, or in an area difficult to operate on, removal may not be an option.
Tumours on the nose and eyelids are usually more difficult to remove than tumours on the ears. If your cat has SCC on his/her ear tip(s), your vet may recommend removing part, or all of their ear– this operation is called a pinnectomy. The idea of removing the ears can take some getting used to, but it can cure the problem if the ears are the only area affected – and they won’t lose their hearing.
Cryosurgery is when extreme cold is used to freeze and kill cancer cells – useful when a cancer can’t be removed because it sits in an awkward place.
Your vet may decide to refer your cat to a specialist if their cancer is large or in an area that is difficult to treat. A specialist vet may decide to use other techniques such as radiotherapy, photodynamic therapy or a combination of any of the above therapies.
There isn’t a medicine that specifically treats SCC. To help with symptoms, your vet may decide to prescribe pain relief, anti-inflammatory medicine and, in some cases, antibiotics.