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From: Dog & Ferret Mom
Date: 2006-01-31 20:13:48 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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