GTFP Treatment Methods
Updated: Mar 16, 2021
How does GTFP present?
Afflicted turtles present with benign hyperplasia around the armpits, genitals, neck, eyes, and tails, and tumors that impede the heart, lungs, and kidneys. These growths affect the species’ ability to survive due to impaired sight, compromised foraging abilities, impaired mobility, and internal organ failure, leading to high mortality rates, secondary parasitic infections, malnutrition, starvation, and chronic anemia. The diagnosis of affected internal organs is performed using radiography, CT imaging, and laparoscopy.
What are the current treatment methods for GTFP?
Current treatment methods include traditional surgery (scalpel), electrocautery, cryosurgery, and the use of CO2 lasers. A fairly new experimental treatment, electrochemotherapy, incorporates drugs and short, high-voltage electrical pulses to drive non-permeant chemotherapy agents into cancer cells.