Date: 2001-04-12 15:22:00 UTC
Subject: subcutaneous Lymphoma
Dr. Williams and all vets:
I've got an interesting case. Stray ferret, between 4 and 6 years of age,
presented with lumps on the jaw and along the flanks on one side. They are
sebaceous lumps and were easily aspirated. The pathology on these came back
as subcutaneous lymphoma. My vet told me that this type of lymphoma is
extremely rare in ferrets. To further muddy the waters, the ferrets blood
glucose was 40, so we had started him on prednisolone.
The lumps are gone - completely. We believe that the prednisone has to do
with the shrinking of the tumors. The vet is concerned and is sure that the
lymphoma will come back in a vengeance when it does recur. My question is:
Other than chemotherapy/surgery, is there something else we can do for him?
what is your thoughts on long term prognosis? He is a fairly healthy little
guy and in my opinion, a decent candidate for surgery. The pathology was done
by VB General....thank you in advance.
Lisa Leidig, Head Ferret
The Ferret Haven "By-the-Sea"