Tumors of the Digestive System in Ferrets
The treatment of choice for digestive system tumors in ferrets is surgical resection, in which all or part of the tumor(s) is removed. If full removal of the tumor is impossible, the condition may not be cured. Neoplasia may also be impossible to cure via surgery if the cancer has spread, or metastasized. Chemotherapy may be another option; however, there is little information about this treatment method for ferrets.
Living and Management
Follow-up care and prognosis depend upon the diagnosis and the treatment performed. The ferret should be monitored for symptoms, and veterinary checkups will most likely be required to assess the success of treatment and progress of tumor growth. Those ferrets with benign tumors (meaning they are non-cancerous) that are fully removed have the best odds of recovery and survival.
There is no known method of preventing tumor development in the digestive system due to the fact that there are no known causes or risk factors for this form of neoplasia in ferrets.
Something that has to do with changes in the structure of the body as the result of cells that are diseased or abnormal in some way
The digestive tract containing the stomach and intestine
Small structures that filter out the lymph and store lymphocytes
A gland that aids in both digestive and insulin functions
The prediction of a disease’s outcome in advance
Anything having to do with the stomach
A term for a type of neoplasm that is made up of lymphoid tissue; these masses are usually malignant in nature
The tube that extends from the mouth to the stomach
The result of a malignant growth of the tissue of the epithelial gland.
The abdominal wall is a group of bones, muscles, and vital tissues that make up the wall around the organs in the abdomen. Inside these bones, muscles, and tissues is a cavity, and the cavity is what houses the vital organs found inside the abdomen. The abdominal wall is vital for protection of these organs.
Term used to refer to a condition of having a disease or affliction but not displaying symptoms of it.
Not being able to cause harm; the opposite of malignant.
The process of removing tissue to examine it, usually for medical reasons.
The space in the abdomen that holds the major digestive organs in an animal. Normally referred to as the area between the diaphragm and the pelvis. Also referred to as the peritoneal cavity.
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