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Lung Tumors and Lung Cancer in Rabbits



The treatment for thymoma and thymic lymphoma is often inpatient. Your rabbit will require immediate surgical removal of the mass if it is obstructing airflow. Radiotherapy may help to reduce the burden of the tumor or cancer mass on the underlying tissues following the initial surgery. Some rabbits also need to be be treated with additional steroid therapy to reduce the inflammation, and possibly chemotherapy, although relatively little information is known on the effectiveness of chemotherapy for rabbits that are afflicted with this type of cancer.


Living and Management


Follow-up care is essential after the successful removal of the tumor(s); imaging studies are recommended for as many as three months in order to monitor for recurring illness. However, if the tumor could not be removed completely, the expected prognosis is not favorable over the long term.