Message Number: SG16426 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2006-01-31 19:35:48 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Mucinous Adenocarcinoma

My 4-year-old ferret had a tumor removed from the end of his pancreas on January 4, which had burst and was filling his abdominal cavity with mucous. It was later identified by a ferret pathologist as a rare form of malignant cancer called mucinous adenocarcinoma. His prognosis is "guarded to poor," which is why his vet advised against removing his right adrenal tumor (he is being treated for this with a melatonin implant and Lupron), but his very large spleen that had a bulge on it was removed on January 19 as a quality-of-life option that I chose for him. At that time, the vet said there was no sign of tumor growth, and even his pancreas looked good.
Has anyone had a ferret with condition or with other aggressive forms of cancer and if so, what treatments did you use? I've seen a lot of good things said about various forms of Essiac, including Rene Caisse's Herbal Remedy, and Gaia Herb's Sheep Sorrel Burdock Supreme tincture (used with Carafate to prevent ulcers). I don't want to do anything that will cause him to suffer, but I'm willing to try whatever will still allow him to have the greatest quality-of-life that he can have for whatever time he has left.

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