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From: Caitlyn Martin
Date: 2010-01-05 17:39:18 UTC
Subject: Re: [ferrethealth] Re: adrenal: new to the site an need some ferret help

Hi, Karen, and everyone else,

On 1/4/10, Karen McCabe <> wrote:
> Adrenal carcinomas are not a rare thing, all diseased adrenal glands will
> become carcinomas if not treated or treated soon enough, and all carcinomas
> will eventually metastasize if not removed. The way adrenal disease works,
> hormone production causes enlargement of the adrenal glands which then
> proceed to a precancerous state, then a benign cancerous state (adenoma),
> and then to a malignant cancerous state (adenocarcinoma).

I was just relaying what vets have told me over the years. I am
certainly not an expert.

Assuming what you say here is accurate (and I have no reason to
believe it isn't) then I would say that this makes prompt surgery all
the more important. It's what our vets have always advised in any
case. I understand that surgery can be expensive and that there are
always risks. In an otherwise healthy and strong ferret, provided you
have an experienced ferret vet with a good track record when it comes
to adrenal surgery, it seems to me that going ahead with surgery gives
the ferret the best chance at a cure and a normal lifespan.

Caity and the terrific trio
Ella, Zephyr and Chin Soon


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