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Tumor of the Spine (or Tail) and Cancer of the Cartilage in Ferrets



Ferrets suffering from chordomas should be treated on an inpatient basis. This includes surgery, should the tumor be located on the neck or upper back region, or tail amputation, should the tumor be located on the tail.


If the condition has caused paralysis in the ferret, recovery may be dependent on the length of time the ferret had the tumor and the extent of spinal compression -- smaller chordomas compress the spine less than larger chordomas.


Living and Management


Bringing your ferret into the veterinarian at the first sign of a nodule is key to managing the condition(s) and the ferret's ability to recover quickly. Once your veterinarian has diagnosed the type of tumor, he/she may then remove the tumor, either through surgical means (chordoma) or by amputating the ferret's tail (chondrosarcoma).


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  • Chordoma research
    11/04/2013 04:54pm

    Dear all,

    I am researcher on a certain tumors in ferrets. This tumor of the tail, vertebrae or brain, called chordoma, rarely occurs.
    In case you or a friend of yours has a ferret with a tailtumor, braintumor or tumor in the spine, please contact me.

    My email is [email protected]

    All the best,

    Y. Yakkioui

  • 07/17/2015 08:04am

    my 5yo male ferret had a chordoma removed from the end of his tail 2 years ago. About 8 months following this surgery another chordoma tumor began to grow on the back of his neck. It is now around a 2"x2"x2"ht. It is beginning to break open in some spots. I was under the impression that chordomas of the back and neck were not able to be removed. Also i am wondering if you have published any of your research on this topic. Thank You