One-Eyed jack's story
Meet One-Eyed Jack, a 15-year-old cat who is in remission after being treated for cancer here at the AHT. One-Eyed Jack had already been through a lot in his life, before he was diagnosed with a brain tumour. 10 years ago he was taken in as a bedraggled and tatty stray. His new and devoted owner, Mr Chambers, noticed that his right eye needed medical attention and had to be removed, hence his name.
One-Eyed Jack lived quite happily in his new home for several years, until he suddenly seemed to go blind and became extremely frightened of everything. He was referred to our Neurology team to investigate this strange change in behaviour.
An MRI scan revealed a mass in the right temporal area that was invading into his brain. A biopsy was taken, which identified that the mass was a soft tissue sarcoma - an aggressive form of cancer most commonly treated with surgery.
In One-Eyed Jack’s case, the location of the tumour in relation to the brain made surgery impossible, leaving little hope. However, Mr Chambers was not ready to give up on a cat that had already been through so much in his life, and our vets suggested a short course of steroids to help relieve the inflammation and swelling in the brain.
Showing dramatic improvement One-Eyed Jack proved that he wasn’t beaten yet! With hope that further treatment might be used to fight his cancer, a course of chemotherapy was prescribed. One-Eyed Jack responded brilliantly to the treatment, and six months later an MRI scan showed that the mass had completely disappeared. (Right, One-Eyed Jack pictured during the early stages of his treatment.)
One-Eyed Jack continues to enjoy his pampered lifestyle with no side-effects of his chemotherapy medications, and is now living free from clinical signs. One-Eyed jack still has to come back for chemotherapy treatment periodically to prevent the brain tumour from reforming, but is living a normal and happy life again. What an amazing recovery from a tough old cat!