Message Number: YG2509 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Lisa Shortley
Date: 2001-04-12 12:52:00 UTC
Subject: Re: islet cell carcinoma - histopathology report posted #2

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., "Bruce Williams, DVM" <williams@e...>

> At any rate, the fact that the glucose is still in the 50's is of
> concern. Often when a tumor has the ability to metastasise, it can
> go to multiple organs at once, so we may have a tumor in the liver
or spleen as well that will continue to liberate insulin.

Dr Williams,
Now that you have mentioned this, my vet noted after the surgery that
Sterling's spleen was "lumpy". She said that there were no growths
on it but it was lumpy and it was worth noting. Could this have
something to do with that, in your opinion?

> If the diagnosis is truly appropriate, then the condition in this
> ferret would mimic that seen in the dog, and unfortunately,
> metastasis is generally quick and widespread.

*sigh* Thank you very much for being honest with me. I have been
feeling guilty about his episode on Monday - that perhaps I did
something wrong. He isn't eating much on his own and I have to
scruff him and direct food to him. I thought maybe I just wasn't
feeding him enough. Do you know if this sort of cancer is painful?
He seems comfortable and at ease - but he's always been the kind of
boy who will just flop on his back and sleep just about anywhere!

I will absolutely send you the pathologist's name and case number but
I have to get the information from my house. Thank you so much for
your help and for looking into this for me. I can't think of anyone
more qualified to do this. I will happily pay a consultation fee for
your work with this if you wish.
Lisa Shortley