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The very rapid wasting away does suggest cancer, because cancer cells have a very high metabolism rate and they find ways to get “first dibs” on all nutrients. When that isn’t enough, they start consuming the body itself.

There are wasting diseases in many (most? all?) mammals, but I don’t know anything specific about rabbits. Mammal neuromuscular systems have big similarities between species. Neuromuscular wasting disorders in humans can progress fast, for example ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), but I don’t know if there is a rabbit equivalent to ALS. It’s an incurable disease in humans, so there would be no cure for rabbits.

You did all you could for her, I’m so sorry you couldn’t save her. Many things are outside of human control.