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From: Amy & Dave Seyler
Date: 2001-08-16 10:15:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] Digest Number 340

Hi Dr. Williams --

What if the lump is about 3/4 of the way down his tail? I did look at the
chordoma picture on your site and it's not all the way at the tip like that.
And right now it's fairly small.

Would we still have to amputate above that part of the tail?

Amy, Dave, Sarah & Paul (and their gaggle of giggling ferrets)
RIP Ian, Elektra, Claudia & Sidney

> Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2001 03:47:10 -0000
> From: "Bruce Williams, DVM" <williams@e...>
>Subject: Re: Lump on tail?
>--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., "Amy & Dave Seyler"
><amy_daveseyler@h...> wrote:
> > It's me again, with my 7 y.o. ferret who only eats Meow Mix. (I've
>had no success weaning in the good stuff, so I figure, he's 7, why
> >
> > I noticed today that Max has a lump on his tail, down toward the
>end. It feels like a hard round ball, about pea-sized. Is this a
>chordoma? Does it need to be removed? Is it cancerous? What else
>could it be?
>Dear Amy and Dave:
>99% chance that it is a chordoma - end of the tail, hard - looks like
>the ferret wants to hit a big bass drum with it? It's a chordoma.
>While these tumors are malignant, at the end of the tail, amputation
>is an excellent treatment mode, and should take care of the problem.
>Chordomas are only really bad when they arise in other parts of the
>spine - end of the tail is the best place to have them, if you've got
>to have them.
>More info at on chordomas.
>With kindest regards,
>bruce williams, dVM

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