Tumors & Melanoma

A sarcoid is a nonmalignant but locally aggressive tumor most often seen on the head, belly, groin, and legs. The most common are verrucous, with a warty look, or fibroblastic, which resembles proud flesh. Bovine papilloma virus (BPV) is probably a causative factor in sarcoids, and a 2010 study of 222 horses at the University Equine Clinic of Bern identified a possible genetic basis for sarcoid development in horses as well.

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Electrochemotherapy Successful in Treating Equine Sarcoids

September 02, 2011

Electrochemotherapy yielded a high nonrecurrence rate of 99.5% for individual sarcoids in the current study.... Read More

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Equine Malignant Melanoma Horse Course Archived

August 22, 2011

The latest Horse Course on equine malignant melanoma is now available for viewing on TheHorse.com. ... Read More

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Equine Melanoma: We Need to Help the Old Gray Mare

August 19, 2011

What exactly is malignant melanoma in horses, how does it progress, and how can we control it? ... Read More

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The Aging Horse

August 01, 2011

We'll explore how the horse's body systems age and what to look out for in your equine senior citizen.... Read More

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Solid Tumors in Horses: Characteristics and Treatments

July 02, 2011

Skin and subcutaneous (under the skin) tumors in horses comprise 50-80% of all equine neoplasia (tumors).... Read More

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Vaccinations Table Topic (AAEP 2010)

February 06, 2011

New developments in vaccines and current literature on equine immunizations were the focus of discussion at the vaccination Table Topic during the 2010 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention, held Dec. 4-8 in Baltimore, Md. The ... Read More

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Mistletoe: A Treatment for Sarcoids?

January 19, 2011

Mistletoe might be a timeless excuse for stealing a kiss at Christmas, but Swiss researchers have found a more practical and innovative use for the plant: treating equine sarcoids, the most common skin tumors in horses. The research team, led by ... Read More

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Genital Cancer in Horses Linked to Newly Discovered Virus

January 12, 2011

A newly discovered virus might be a cause of equine genital cancer, an aggressive type of skin cancer that affects male and female horses of all breeds, according to Tim Scase, BSc, BVM&S, PhD, MRCVS, Dipl. ACVP, director of Bridge ... Read More

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Treating Horses with Tumors: New Technology Available

July 25, 2010

Sound-Eklin digital imaging company introduced the new Axxent Veterinary Electronic Brachytherapy System that will make it easier to perform radiation treatment in horses with tumors.... Read More

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Sarcoid Development May Have Genetic Basis

June 06, 2010

The development of sarcoids--the most frequent of equine skin tumors--appears to have a genetic basis, and Swiss researchers are now honing in on the exact genes responsible for the disease.

A new major study involving 222 horses yie... Read More

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Volcanic Ash and Equine Respiratory Health

April 16, 2010

Ash and gasses from volcano eruptions could pose breathing risks to anyone exposed, including horses.... Read More

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The 'Skinny' on Skin Conditions

February 01, 2010

Diagnosing skin diseases is probably one of the greatest challenges to horse handlers and veterinarians alike. Thankfully, veterinary researchers are continually learning more about equine skin diseases and treatment.... Read More

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Sarcoids and Other Skin Tumors Discussed by Vets

December 26, 2009

A variety of sarcoid and skin tumor treatments and management topics were discussed by veterinarians during a Table Topic at the 2009 American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Convention. All veterinarians in the room had treated skin... Read More

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Third Eyelid Tumors Require Prompt Vet Attention

October 29, 2009

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is one of the most common cancers in horses. Commonly appearing as small, wartlike bumps on the eyelid or surface of the eye, they require early treatment. While a conscientious owner might quickly notice a new... Read More

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Sarcoids, Pain Management Among WCVM Horse Research Studies

July 08, 2009

The Western College of Veterinary Medicine's Equine Health Research Fund (EHRF) has allocated a total of $69,000 to five new equine health research projects--all of which cover topics of vital importance for researchers and for horse owners.... Read More

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Equine Sarcoid Treatment Recommendations, WEVA 2008

April 23, 2009

The equine sarcoid is an unpredictable skin tumor capable of wreaking havoc on a horse's body. While not technically a "cancer" (neoplasm) in the pathological sense, sarcoids are often considered as such because they are a potential career- and... Read More

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Cutaneous Tumors (AAEP 2008)

February 12, 2009

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AAEP 2007 Convention Complete Coverage

February 12, 2009

A complete wrap-up of the 2007 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention held in Orlando, Fla.... Read More

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New for Veterinarians and Equine Professionals

February 01, 2009

A year-round guide to what's available for assisting veterinary professionals.... Read More

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Radiation for Equine Cancer Offered by Washington State

November 06, 2008

During the past few years, the oncology team at Washington State University (WSU) has successfully treated several horses with cancer using radiation therapy. Previously, this type of treatment was considered an unrealistic option for horses wit... Read More

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Mare With Melanoma: A Teacher to the End

October 01, 2008

Years ago my family became the owners of a beautiful, older Arab mare named Danza Mia. She�s been mentioned in this column several times, including a couple of years ago when we had to make the decision for euthanasia. Based on her necropsy, it... Read More

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Don't Ignore Melanomas

October 01, 2008

The latest research indicates that equine practitioners and the general public need to understand that a melanoma is not just a benign bump.

The statistics are a little daunting:

  1. Up to 80% of gray horses older... Read More

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Equine Laser Surgery Now Available through Wisconsin Vet School

September 19, 2008

Lasers are changing the options available to horse owners whose animals need surgical procedures.

"Laser surgery can not only save horse owners money for certain procedures, it can also be more effective than traditional surgery, with fewer... Read More

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Kester News Hour

August 15, 2008

A variety of topics were highlighted during the reinvented Kester News Hour at the 2007 AAEP Convention. ... Read More

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Medicine/Surgery

August 15, 2008

A review of the medical and surgical topics at discussed at the 2007 AAEP Convention.... Read More