Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Olds Alberta Canada
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Agree with Jaydee that sarcoids, as well as any tumor, can vary from non aggressive to invasive, and thus finding type of any tumor, not just what kind is important, and why there are pathology labs!
Sarcoids are usually benign, as is melanoma in horses, unlike as in humans where malignant melanoma is always life threatening
Like Jaydee, I have had several types of sarcoids in horses, and also had a benign one removed using cyro therapy
I also had a scarcoid on a young stallion, that occurred in a former injury, and that became very aggressive and invasive to the point I had to have him put down, after trying surgery, chemical topical anti tumor treatment, ligation and several other techniques, including repeat surgery.
That sarcoid started out in the front of his one pastern, and eventually spread to the entire pastern, having huge ulceration lesions at the back also
All tumors, be it breast or otherwise, have tumor type, which includes aggressiveness, often directly related to how abnormal or differentiated those cells are from 'normal', plus afew other criteria , which are not important, unless you are looking down that microscope, LOL!
The important part for that layman, is to get a diagnosis based on not visual appearance alone,which is termed, 'gross examination, but on microscopic examination, which is definitive and thus also directs treatment