Date: 2011-07-13 00:50:46 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Lymphoma--Lymph nodes, not GI!
My 6.5yr old adrenal girl suddenly developed an enormous submandibular lymph node (right side only). She has had some enlarged abdomenal LNs for over a year now (we first saw them on ultrasound in May 2010). She's adrenal but so far no insulinoma.
Until yesterday morning when this lymph node literally popped up overnight, she's been doing great. Gets monthly Lupron, eats great, plays etc etc.
My question, while we wait for the fine needle aspirates to come back with lymphoma verdict:
To chemo or not to chemo? The last time I had an older ferret with lymphoma, there was no "Tufts Protocol" and the general thinking was that chemo didn't do much good so just do pred for palliative therapy.
Seems like these days the various chemo protocols give more promise?
I would appreciate hearing from people who have *recently* experienced ferret chemo. Did you gain good quality time for your pet? Did s/he tolerate it well, was it worth it?
I don't want to buy her time just for the sake of making her get to 7yrs, but I do want to give her a good shot at however much time she does have.
I did search the FHL archives and really didn't see any recent postings on this topic.
Thanks for your input,
Skyla and GinGin
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