Strontium Plesiotherapy for the Treatment of Sarcoids in the Horse

Strontium plesiotherapy (a type of radiotherapy) is being used at the Animal Health Trust to treat some sarcoids in horses.

Recent research by A.R. Hollis of the Animal Health Trust looked retrospectively at using strontium plesiotherapy as a treatment for specific equine sarcoids. iStockPhotos.com

According to the Animal Health Trust, “The most effective form of radiotherapy for most superficial squamous cell carcinomas (SCC) is called strontium plesiotherapy.” Recent research by A.R. Hollis of the Animal Health Trust looked retrospectively at using strontium plesiotherapy as a treatment for specific equine sarcoids.

The objective of this retrospective clinical case series that was published in Equine Veterinary Education was to describe the response rate and safety of strontium plesiotherapy for the treatment of equine sarcoids.

The author noted that, “It was concluded that strontium plesiotherapy appears to be an effective and safe method of treating selected equine sarcoids. This is a useful alternative for lesions in areas difficult to treat with other methods or where other methods have been unsuccessful. Longer term follow‐up is required to determine the risk of recurrence of treated lesions.”

For more information on strontium plesiotherapy from the Animal Health Trust click here.

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