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    I had the terrible news today that the lump they excised is cancer.

    I would welcome any advice anyone has (esp any exotic vets??) on treatment of cancer in rabbits.

    My vet said the lump was completely removed so there is a chance that that's it. But my reading tells me that it's very likely it will return in some shape or form.

    I am going to vets Monday to discuss a scan to see if any masses are evident. Any other advice would be very welcome.

    We are BEYOND devastated with the news. These little dudes are our life, they give us reason to smile..

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    Oh no I'm sorry to hear this. I have no experience of cancer in rabbits, so can offer no advice, but didn't want to read and run. Im glad the vet was able to remove all of the lump, and I'm sending a million vibes that further tests show no evidence of any more. Hugs for you xxxx
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    I’m so sorry I don’t have any advice, but I’m sending lots of vibes and hugs xx

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mia View Post
    I had the terrible news today that the lump they excised is cancer.

    I would welcome any advice anyone has (esp any exotic vets??) on treatment of cancer in rabbits.

    My vet said the lump was completely removed so there is a chance that that's it. But my reading tells me that it's very likely it will return in some shape or form.

    I am going to vets Monday to discuss a scan to see if any masses are evident. Any other advice would be very welcome.

    We are BEYOND devastated with the news. These little dudes are our life, they give us reason to smile..

    Hi Mia

    I am so sorry to hear that the lump is cancerous. I don't know whether there are any exotic vets on this Forum, but has your vet suggested any ongoing treatment?

    I have had a rabbit with cancer, but the lump was not taken out because of where it was. My vet couldn't offer anything but I managed his condition as best I could.

    Sending hugs and vibes x

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    Thankyou all so much for your replies.

    Mightymax, I'm so sorry that there was nothing they could do for your bunny, how did you manage? Re your query, my vet has suggested a scan to see if there are any obvious masses internally.

    There is an exotic vet that does a surgery fairly close to us, I'm sure some of you will have heard of him he is John Chitty, I think he is one of the few vets that is on the RWA gold approved list. I will definitely at the very least call him and ask for advice.

    We are praying the lump they removed is the end of it.

    Ps, you wouldn't know there was anything wrong with him at moment- he has just done a circle dance around his brother and tried to hump his face!!!! Scootsy took exception to it and chased him off, Benny went off like a rocket!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mia View Post
    Thankyou all so much for your replies.

    Mightymax, I'm so sorry that there was nothing they could do for your bunny, how did you manage? Re your query, my vet has suggested a scan to see if there are any obvious masses internally.

    There is an exotic vet that does a surgery fairly close to us, I'm sure some of you will have heard of him he is John Chitty, I think he is one of the few vets that is on the RWA gold approved list. I will definitely at the very least call him and ask for advice.

    We are praying the lump they removed is the end of it.

    Ps, you wouldn't know there was anything wrong with him at moment- he has just done a circle dance around his brother and tried to hump his face!!!! Scootsy took exception to it and chased him off, Benny went off like a rocket!

    This is good to hear

    Try and focus on the positive. Benny doesn't know the diagnosis you've had for him. He's going along in blissful ignorance and whilst that's so, you can enjoy every day with him Rabbits don't put labels on themselves like we do on ourselves, so for him it's another sunny day and hopefully many many more.

    I think it's a really good idea to get some scans done, and John Chitty is an excellent vet

    Regarding my own rabbit, I managed to shrink the tumour, with the help of some very specialist treatment (all veterinary qualified ) so we were lucky that there was no invasive surgery to cope with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mia View Post
    I had the terrible news today that the lump they excised is cancer.

    I would welcome any advice anyone has (esp any exotic vets??) on treatment of cancer in rabbits.

    My vet said the lump was completely removed so there is a chance that that's it. But my reading tells me that it's very likely it will return in some shape or form.

    I am going to vets Monday to discuss a scan to see if any masses are evident. Any other advice would be very welcome.

    We are BEYOND devastated with the news. These little dudes are our life, they give us reason to smile..
    I am sorry to hear the news is not good Did the Vet say exactly what type of cancer it is as this would impact on possible further treatment options/prognosis. The Exotics Vets who do look at this forum are unable to post these days, for Professional reasons. Has your Vet suggested any further options such as a referral to an Exotics Specialist or an Oncologist ?

    A member of RU, username 'parsnipbun' had a Rabbit (Parsley) who underwent a rather revolutionary treatment for Melanoma. This was done at The Animal Health Trust in Cambridge

    http://www.aht.org.uk/cms-display/ah..._professionals


    Some old RU threads about Parsley :

    http://forums.rabbitrehome.org.uk/sh...ne-on-a-rabbit

    http://forums.rabbitrehome.org.uk/sh...ghlight=cancer

    http://forums.rabbitrehome.org.uk/sh...ghlight=cancer

    http://forums.rabbitrehome.org.uk/sh...ghlight=cancer

    http://forums.rabbitrehome.org.uk/sh...ghlight=cancer

    http://forums.rabbitrehome.org.uk/sh...ghlight=cancer

    http://forums.rabbitrehome.org.uk/sh...ghlight=cancer

    http://forums.rabbitrehome.org.uk/sh...ghlight=cancer

    http://forums.rabbitrehome.org.uk/sh...ghlight=cancer

    http://forums.rabbitrehome.org.uk/sh...ghlight=cancer

    http://forums.rabbitrehome.org.uk/sh...ghlight=cancer

    http://forums.rabbitrehome.org.uk/sh...ghlight=cancer

    'parsnipbun' also had another Rabbit who was diagnosed with Lymphoma and this thread relates to the Chemotherapy used

    http://forums.rabbitrehome.org.uk/sh...chemo+lymphoma

    After a cancer diagnosis what treatment options that there may be will depend on many things- the type of cancer, it's location/stage, the ethical aspects (how far does one go with regards to treatment), whether the Rabbit is not currently in pain and able to enjoy day to day life.etc.....etc.
    There will be no one size fits all with regards to what decisions are made and each case needs to be judged individually.

    Whilst any cancer diagnosis is devastating it is not always an immediate end, sometimes the rate of progression of the disease can be slowed down with various treatments, even if a total cure is not possible.

    Maybe you could have a long discussion with your Vet about your Rabbit's exact type of Cancer and if your Vet is unable to offer any further options then you could ask to be referred to a Specialist. Even after a referral it may still be the case that the only option is palliative care. It may be that any aggressive treatment would not be appropriate in your Rabbit's specific case. But at least you would know that you had looked into it all.

    I really do wish your Bunny well and I hope that he can remain comfortable for as long as possible.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Mia View Post
    I had the terrible news today that the lump they excised is cancer.

    I would welcome any advice anyone has (esp any exotic vets??) on treatment of cancer in rabbits.

    My vet said the lump was completely removed so there is a chance that that's it. But my reading tells me that it's very likely it will return in some shape or form.

    I am going to vets Monday to discuss a scan to see if any masses are evident. Any other advice would be very welcome.

    We are BEYOND devastated with the news. These little dudes are our life, they give us reason to smile..

    Mia,
    I am sorry you did not get better news. That being said, the location, type, stage, and ability of the surgeon to get good margins can vary significantly from case to case.
    In my decades of having pet bunnies; I have dealt with several bunnies who had cancer and most had a good quality of life for years after their initial diagnosis.
    Sending you some positive vibes for a good outcome.

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    I am sorry that the news was not better. As others have advised it is important to know the type of cancer that has been identified (as with a diagnosis of cancer in a human), as that will be an important indicator of the prognosis and treatment options available.

    John Chitty is a very well regarded vet.

    Sending lots of vibes for Benny. I hope with more information you and your vet will decide a treatment plan, which will enable him to remain comfortable for as long as possible.
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    I can't thank you enough for all your support and advice.

    I had the report from the lab sent to me, and they advise it's a soft tissue sarcoma. They also advise it MAY have metastatic potential and cancer staging is important.

    I intend to do as much as possible, but the moment he begins to suffer is when I stop. I read about a rabbit going thru chemotherapy in the book "rabbit health in the 21st century" and I thought the treatment sounded very invasive.

    I also have to think of his brother, Scootsy, as at the moment wherever Benny goes, Scootsy does. It must be stressful for him too. Obviously that's an aside at the moment but it does cause me a concern.

    If for once, luck shines on us and the lump taken out is all there is then great, but I have to prepare myself for more bad news.

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