Date: 2001-04-05 16:51:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] Lymphoma virus?
Hi Dr Williams,
I thought that Dr Susan Erdman had identified
a ferret retrovirus in association with lymphoma.
I know it has been suspected for a long time, but
I thought it was actually identified.
In cats the Feline Leukemia Virus has been linked to
lymphoma and lymphosarcoma. I do not think it has
been linked to IBD.
In cats some of the IBD cases progress to
lymphoma/lymphosarcoma, but I am not sure
if there is a viral connection (FeLV). I think it is more of the
chronic inflammation that stimulates the cancer formation.
(BTW there is no virus identified or suspected that causes lymphoma
in dogs, and dogs also get lymphoma.) Getting a second opinion
from Dr Williams is a great idea. You do not want to do chemotherapy
unless lymphoma is definitely there.
Hang in there,
Jerry Murray, DVM