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From: Sukie Crandall
Date: 2010-01-05 19:04:04 UTC
Subject: Re: [ferrethealth] Re: adrenal: new to the site an need some ferret help


I am sure to get notes asking what "line ... cancer" is. Sorry, the
word is

My point was that there can be more than one reason to be aggressive
if an individual is young. In the first place, a young ferret has
many more years ahead if treated right, while in the second place some
malignancies are themselves more aggressive in young individuals so
aggressive treatment is needed then.

Some types of malignancies (and some non-malignancies) in older people
are often best treated by medical options because even though they can
spread they do so only in rare individuals.

It would be great to know if that is also the case for any of the
ferret malignancies.

When we have a young ferret with a malignancy we hit it hard.

What do we consider "young"? Depending on the individual we
personally figure that is until the 5th or 6th year. Now, do we have
surgery done on older ferrets? Certainly. Have we had times when the
health of younger ones was too compromised to consider surgery?

It's good to have options, just don't rely on very wimpy ones like
oral melatonin unless there is no other option.

Yes, ferrets ARE expensive to care for. Their medical care is
specialized. That is just to be expected, I'm afraid.

On Jan 5, 2010, at 1:45 PM, sukiedaviscrandall wrote:

> > Further, not all forms of malignancy in all species are very
> > prone to metastasis.
> >
> They are still malignancies in those species if a small
> portion can metastasize. (Kind of line prostate cancer
> in older men which is a variant that is slow to grow
> and slow and unlikely to spread beyond the immediate
> surroundings though it can do so and does in a
> relatively small percentage.)
> The example also brings up that some malignancies also
> vary in how aggressive they are depending on age, often
> with them more aggressive in the younger individuals,
> though at times vice versa.

Sukie (not a vet)

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(2010, Steve Crandall)


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