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Common Cancers and Tumors in Rats



Your veterinarian will likely recommend surgical removal of the tumor, since some types of tumors can grow and spread to other locations in the body. It is best to remove the tumors as soon as possible in order to avoid the worst complications. Chances of recurrence may also be minimized if the tumor is removed early.


In case of testicular tumors, and in some cases of mammary adenocarcinomas, the entire testis or mammary gland will be removed along with the tumor to avoid metastasis (spread) of the tumor.


Living and Management


While recovering from surgery for a tumor, your rat will require appropriate care to avoid complications. Consult your veterinarian regarding care, management, and diet during this postoperative period.