Message Number: YG2018 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Bruce Williams, DVM
Date: 2001-04-01 23:25:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Update on ferret with osteosarcoma

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., ferret <ferret@p...> wrote:
> I just wanted to post a quick update on my little ferret (Bianca)
> osteosarcoma, whom I posted about the week before last.
> She underwent her second operation last Monday, to remove a tumour
on her
> spine. I observed the entire operation, which took over an hour,
and was
> performed by Dr. xxxx, in Ridgefield Park, NJ.
> The tumour was found to be very invasive ... it was growing from her
> spine, and involved one kidney (which had to be removed) as well as
> caudal vena cava. Dr. xxx removed as much of it as he could, but
there is
> still some left which was not removable. He also had to remove a
> section of one nerve, which was wrapped in the tumour.
> He gives her about a month or two to live. :-< You wouldn't guess
it to
> look at her .. she's very happy and bouncy and inquisitive. I had
her in
> an isolation cage for the past week with her little sister Blair for
> company, and she's just running around for the first time today.
> obviously feels good, has a good appetite, and can move normally.
> hard to believe I'm going to lose her so soon.

Dear Ela:

I'm not sure if we have previously discussed thin, but I would
appreciate the opportuntiy to lok at this material (of course at no

If you or your vet is interested, please contact me and I can give my
address to send the tissues to.

With kindest regards,

Bruce H. Williams, DVM, DACVP
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