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    05-01-2010, 11:08 AM
Horse Tumor

Anybody know of a good treatment plan for a horse with a sinus tumor?

My daughters love of her life was just diagnosed with a sinus tumor, and I am trying to find out if all tumors are cancerous in the sinus cavity? And if they are not can anything be done?

Thanks, Jeannine
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    05-01-2010, 04:41 PM
Howdy and welcome to the forum Jeannine. First off, I want to say that I am very sorry to hear about your daughter's horse. I really can't offer any experience or advice as far as that goes but I did want to pop in and give you my support and hopes that everything turns out okay.
    05-01-2010, 09:58 PM
Has the vet biopsied the tumor? It may very well be just a benign polyp or growth that they can snip off with an endoscope.

Before making any decisions I'd for sure get it biopsied.

If it does turn out to be malignant (which I pray it isn't!) then maybe talk to them about sending the horse to a vet school or university so that they can help him.
    05-01-2010, 10:00 PM
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“Tumors in the sinus cavities are fairly common in older horses. Things to look for include nasal discharge or a small swelling between the eyes or right in front of an eye. The tumors are easier to diagnose at an equine hospital where they can take skull radiographs or scope the sinuses,” says Elce. Similar symptoms can be caused by a benign cyst or a tooth root problem in an older horse, so you need a proper diagnosis.
“If a horse has a nasal discharge, the vet may try antibiotics. If it’s a simple sinus infection, that should clear it up. The thing that should trigger a more involved workup is if you treat the horse with antibiotics for two weeks and it got better, only to recur again in a few days after the horse is off the antibiotics. This usually means there’s a tumor,” she explains.
Sinus tumors can be treated using a surgical incision through a bone flap into the sinus to remove the tumor. “They can also be treated with radiation therapy, but only a few veterinary schools can do radiation for horses. These include North Carolina State University, Ohio State University and possibly Auburn University. The cost for surgery is generally around $2,000 to $3,000 and radiation treatment is usually about $4,000 to $5,000.”
    05-01-2010, 10:51 PM
I am sorry about this diagnosis, but it may not be the worst news you've ever gotten- are you talking about ethmoid hematomas? I have a fair amount of experience with these as I had one horse who was diagnosed with one and one who is strongly suspected to have one (but I would need radiographs to confirm). Treatment options for these are either injection with formalin or surgical removal. Both options have the same prognosis which is very good. I am a veterinary student and consulted with a surgeon here at the teaching hospital on my most recent horse diagnosed with EH and he said because of the cost and equal outcome, he'd opt for trying formalin first, especially if it is an older horse.

If you are talking about some other kind of tumor, I would strongly recommend biopsy and consulting with a major teaching hospital to get the best outcome for your daughter's horse.
    05-02-2010, 10:04 AM
Horse tumor

Major is 8 years old, the vet. We went to say it was in his bone, and it was the largest he had seen. But I don't understand how he could say it was in the bone when he took no biopsy. This poor guy has been through so much already, he is on (Majestic Malandrino (aka: Major): The story of a dying, young horse that so desperately wanted to live) as the owner at the time starved him almost to death. Please any help that I can get, I would be very much grateful. I don't have a lot of money, but I will try what ever I can.
Thanks, Jeannine
    05-02-2010, 10:48 AM
Hey Jeannine, I just read his story, what a tearjerker. Please, have a vet do a biopsy. There are organizations out there that can help you with vet bills.

IMOM Home is one right off the top of my head.

You can apply for CareCredit- most vets take it. I have a CareCredit card just for big vet bills.

I don't know how he could say it invaded the bone either without a radiograph or some other imaging. I had cancer and believe me, you are a slave to imaging!
    05-02-2010, 05:03 PM
It sounds like if any horse can overcome whatever is in store for him it would be Major. What a horrible story with such a wonderful ending. I wish all the best for him. Sorry I know nothing about sinus tumors, I just wanted to comment on the story and wish you luck.
    05-02-2010, 07:44 PM
thank you to all that are helping I am jeannine's daughter amanda an major is the love of my life.when I got the news I was heartbroken an still am. If something happens to major I will not ever ride again I love rideing an I love horses I have been rideing ever since I was a very little girl.Mom raised me up around horses but major is the perfect horse for me an I love him very much,so if anybody can help or has any advise please respond.Major means the world to me.thank you
    05-02-2010, 11:22 PM
I agree that further testing (biopsy, imaging) is in order. Definitely check out carecredit- I know it is a pretty good program. Not sure where you guys are located but I know the rates at WSU veterinary teaching hospital are not horrendously outrageous if you're within trailering distance (I know, long shot) it might be worth getting a consultation. Until you have a better idea of what this tumor is, you shouldn't get too upset. My guy has a sinus tumor and except for the occasional bloody nose he is going strong at 20!

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