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From: NCF
Date: 2001-07-05 16:45:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] Huge tumor need advise

From what I understand about apocrine gland tumors. It isn't good news.
They are usually cancerous and metastasize rapidly. I have a ferret here
who just had a large scent gland tumor removed and samples from other
organs and lymph nodes will be studied in depth shortly by Bruce
Williams since the cancer is already taking it's toll on her.

signwriter002000@y... wrote:
> My ferret [Persimmon] has developed a tumor where her scent gland was
> located. At first my vet and I thought it was an impacted anal/scent
> gland. Antibiotics were of no help, and it has grown to an inch and a
> half in diameter. My vet, a very skilled surgeon, removed some of the
> tumor, and drained the area of infection. She's been on another
> antibiotic since then [ten days ago] and it seems to have the
> infection under control. She's also on Prednisone. But here is what
> scares me, my vet doesn't think she'll make it through surgery to
> remove the entire tumor. There is a lot of blood involved with this
> tumor, and it is invading the anal/rectal region. Time is of the
> essence here. He said it may be possible to remove smaller amounts at
> a time. But this thing is growing like crazy! I've heard that
> angiogenesis inhibitors work well in humans with tumors, and was
> wondering if such was available for veterinary use. Could such a drug
> help in this situation? Or should I search for a specialist? My vet
> thinks that a blood transfusion in this case [during surgery] would
> be useless. He says [if I understood him correctly], that there would
> be more blood coming out of the ferret than we could replace. What
> should we do? Any input would be greatly appreciated! Sandi
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Bev Fox
Foxglove Ferrets