Hello, I've just been on a canine health synopsis, one of the talks was about cancer in dogs from the Animal Health Trust a UK based research charity. It was very interesting but one thing I did take away was cancer is a massive subject, there are so many factors to consider not just genetic or environmental then as genes and cells love to defi science and mutate its a mine field. I came away with a headache with that talk ha ha ha
I have seen chemo used on dogs and it's not been successful enough for me to ever put my dog through it I've had horses and dogs live a happy life for many years with tumours and on the flip dead with in weeks and it rip thought the body in days, so scary!
So I guess in answer to the question the amount of cancers horses can have vary greatly and so does the course of treatment. My little rule is to never just biopsy I have the lump removed the biopsied, this is to contain the cells and reduce the chance of them being released into the body.
Hope that's some help? X
Amy, I had a gelding that had cancerous growths under his saddle under his girth and hanging like a bunch of grapes from his sheath. We tried Stockholm tar - did not work. In the 1980's we did not know of any treatments eventual the stable manager and my mother put him in the back stable which had top and bottom doors and that is where he stayed . I would put his bridle on and ride him bear back on the weekends. He found his own treatment and that was to eat his own droppings which intern the growths started to reduce in size and numbers. So the handler was instructed to collect his droppings, dry them,and mix it into his feed. This was his own cure to these horrible growths.
The horse can develop, like man, all types of cancers. Nevertheless, they have less impact. Is it due to a shorter lifespan than man? Or a less good diagnosis? Or better hygiene?
On the other hand, cancer is a malignant tumor with metatastic power (dissemination in the body of cancer cells), some tumors being called benign (local development only).
Among the tumors, there are:
- the cutaneous masses: sarcoids of Jackson (benin), squamous cell carcinomas (malignant) and melanomas (benign or malignant)
- the urogenital masses: sarcoids, squamous cell carcinomas, ovarian tumors or granulosa tumors (benign)
- the sinus masses
- internal noplasies: masses of the digestive or multisystemic system, lymphoma (malignant)
There are treatments like in man, carried out in specialized centers.
Treatments include surgery (surgical excision), chemotherapy (local), brachytherapy (eg for a squamous cell carcinoma of the third eyelid).
These treatments are sometimes in their infancy, with few means being used to develop them, and some specific treatments have to be carried out in specific centers.
Function of cancer, euthanasia can be the "treatment" of choice, especially because the pathology is very advanced and the prognosis dark. It makes it possible to limit the suffering of the animal.
I hope to have answered your question.
Have a good day.
Marc, the veterinarian of the site cheval-energy.com