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From: Cheryl & Steve
Date: 2001-09-18 10:30:00 UTC
Subject: [Ferret-Health-list] Adrenal cancer

Hi Maureen,
The adrenal gland removal is a walk in the park for the
experienced vet. In reality the Tenn. panel is the only
reliable test for adrenal problems and rather then waste money
on an ultrasound (who cares if its the left or the right
gland) do the surgical procedure. Using chemistry does not
cure the problem but it can combat the symptoms if your baby
isn't a candidate for surgery. The 2000 mg Lupron depot seems
to be the best way to go but if you have time I would try 1 mg
Melatonin at 2 PM daily.
Good luck,
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, September 18, 2001 7:33 AM

A few weeks ago I noticed that my little Cleo was beginning
to lose weight along with losing the hair on her tail. I
immediately made a vet appointment when I found this. The
vet took blood and told me she was checking the three
hormone levels that get elevated when a ferret developed
adrenal gland cancer. When she called me with the results
she said that two of the three were elevated and that we now
need to schedule an ultra sound appointment to find out
which is the affected gland. Once that is determined then
Cleo will have it surgically removed or go through the
injection treatment. We want to have it removed so that it
is a one time deal and she won't have to get frequent
injections. Is this how it usually works? I am so
frightened for her. I want her to be okay, but I don't know
what the best thing is to do. Do I trust my vet or get a
second opinion? It is still so hard to believe she has
cancer. She is so happy and loves to play with everyone
including her ferret brother Alex. It seems like she has
more energy than ever. Any advise would be greatly
Thanks so much, Maureen & Cleo

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