The Sarcoid Clinic
The Sarcoid Clinic is a specialist referral service for the treatment of equine sarcoids.
The clinic offers a diverse range of sarcoid treatments for horses suffering from the complex skin condition. Treatment options including laser surgical removal, chemotherapy (e.g. AW4-LUDES, Cisplatin) and immunotherapy (e.g. BCG injections).
Through the high number of cases seen at the clinic, advice can be given on the the most suitable treatment for each sarcoid presented.
The expert team is led by Philip Ivens, a European Specialist in Equine Medicine, who has a particular passion for controlling and curing the complex skin disease.
What are sarcoids?
Sarcoids are the most common skin tumour affecting the horse. The number of sarcoids affecting individual horses is variable from one to many. Sarcoids can occur anyway where on the skin however predilction sites include mouth, eyes. neck, groin/sheath, ventrum and extremities. Sarcoids commonly multiply on the individual horses, sometimes very rapidly while others remain relatively, or even completely, static for years. Therefore careful monitoring of the sarcoid is improtant in determining when and if to treat. A few indivduals will show spontaneous remisssion but this is the exception rather than the rule. In most cases appropriate treatment is recommended directed by your veterinary surgeon.
There are six different types:
- Nodular (two sub-types)
- Rubber Ring/Silk/Nylon
- Laser Removal - Surgery
- Cyrotherapy - can be used as adjunct to surgery
- Chemotherapy - Cisplatin/sesame seed oil emulsion local/Liverpool University cytoxic cream (AW4-LUDES)
- Immunotherapy - B.C.G. periocular tumours
- Radiotherapy - Iridium Wires