Tumors & Melanoma

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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

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Focus on Equine Genetics: the Ol' Gray Mare

August 08, 2008

For more than 100 years, equine researchers have been examining why gray horses that are losing hair pigmentation are often concurrently affected by melanomas—tumors characterized by a massive production of the pigment melanin.

According... Read More

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Sarcoid-Causing Virus Harbored by Circulating Blood Cells

July 26, 2008

Aggressive research efforts to discover how the sarcoid-causing bovine papillomaviruses (BPV) are spread either within or between horses have resulted in the identification of BPV genetic material (DNA) in circulating blood cells. ... Read More

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Sarcoids Beware: Electrochemotherapy in Horses 'Highly Effective'

July 17, 2008

In an effort to find a cure for sarcoids, common skin tumors in horses, a group of researchers have spent the past 15 years developing electrochemotherapy (ECT)--a treatment modality that uses a combination of chemotherapeutic drug administratio... Read More

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Radiation Therapy for Equine Cancer Patients

July 08, 2008

While radiation therapy might seem like an unrealistic option for managing horses with cancer, Janean Fidel, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVR, Dipl. ACVIM, from Washington State University's College of Veterinary Medicine suggests the opposite. She attests... Read More

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Anatomy and Physiology

April 04, 2008

Basic terminology of equine anatomy and physiology and comparison of horses and humans.... Read More

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Sarcoid Sleuths: Investigating Unsightly Tumors

February 20, 2008

Getting rid of sarcoids is challenging since tumors often come back after treatment. Even worse, conducting biopsies or surgically removing some types of tumors can trigger more rapid growth.... Read More

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Hitting the Road for Education

February 01, 2008

Take more than 1,000 veterinarians and veterinary students from around the globe, some armed with presentations representing thousands of hours worth of equine research, and add to it some tartan, bagpipes, and Scottish fare. Drop it all into a... Read More

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Vaccine-Based Treatment for Equine Sarcoids

January 20, 2008

Horses with sarcoids could soon benefit from a new vaccine-based treatment that is currently being developed by a group of German researchers. Equine sarcoids, semi-malignant skin tumors caused by bovine papillomaviruses (BPV)-1 and -2, are common in... Read More

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Face Flies Linked to Sarcoid Spread?

January 10, 2008

A U.K. veterinarian has possibly linked common face flies to the spread of sarcoids, one of the most commonly encountered equine neoplasias (tumors), and it is conceivable that the risk of spreading sarcoids could be minimized through horse... Read More

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New Targets for Sarcoid Therapy

January 10, 2008

Ask a roomful of horse people if they've ever seen a sarcoid, and you'll probably see a bunch of hands rise, and many knowing nods or eyerolls of owners who have dealt with these frustrating, usually benign tumors. Sarcoids are the most common... Read More

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Intratumoral Chemotherapy Helpful in Preventing Sarcoid Recurrence

July 25, 2007

Veterinarians have attacked sarcoids with everything from scalpels to lasers, and cryotherapy to caustic chemicals. But chemotherapy administered intratumorally could be a viable new option in removing and preventing future outbreaks, according... Read More

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Lab Cytology Tests

April 01, 2007

Cytology, the study of cells, involves the collection and examination of cells and fluid from organs, tissues, and body cavities. Cells naturally shed from the surfaces of mucous membranes, organs, and skin lesions, and they can be collected for... Read More

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Medicine and Disease

March 23, 2007

Equine authorities at the 2006 AAEP Convention discussed numerous medical topics, get the summary here.... Read More

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Skin Health

March 23, 2007

Experts at the 2006 AAEP Convention discussed just about every known equine skin disease in this summary.... Read More

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A New Sarcoid Treatment

September 20, 2006

A medication used to treat external tumors in humans has shown some promise of treating sarcoids in horses. In a University of Minnesota (UM) pilot study, researchers used imiquimod (Aldara) to treat horses with mixed, fibroblastic, flat,... Read More

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COX-2 Expression in Equine Tumors (ACVIM 2006)

September 14, 2006

Therapies for equine cancer are few and far between, but a veterinary oncologist from Colorado State University (CSU) thinks equine tumors could be treated with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). ... Read More

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Sun Protection: Does Your Horse Need Sunglasses?

March 01, 2006

While sunglasses and sun screen might be the obvious solutions for fair-skinned humans, they're impractical for horses. Protection from sun glare, however, is as important for horses as it is for humans, because horses with little or no pigment in th... Read More

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Dermal Melanomatosis Surgery

June 01, 2005

Tumors arising from melanin-containing cells (melanocytes) in the skin go beyond benign or malignant melanoma. In fact, there are four distinct melanocyte-derived tumor types, each classified according to clinical behavior and cellular... Read More

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The Other Cancers

May 01, 2004

Is there an uglier word in medicine than "cancer?" This is true in human and veterinary medicine. Many of us view cancer as invasive, debilitating, and fatal. But those who know horses know that while cancer occurs in equids, most of these... Read More

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Skin Problems in Horses: The Creeping Crud

May 01, 2004

Dealing with skin problems, unfortunately, is part of having a horse. Since skin is the largest organ of the body, it's no wonder there's much that can go wrong. Designed to safeguard internal organs from external forces and to help maintain consiste... Read More