ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES FOR CANINE CANCER
First, please discuss everything with your vet. Caring for a dog
with cancer must be teamwork. If youíre working with a holistic
veterinarian, then perhaps a lot of this information is already
known to him/her; that saves a step. If youíre working with your
regular vet, you may have to educate him/her to some new ideas.
Most vets are totally open to learning about new ways of treating an
old enemy so donít hesitate to open discussions.
surgical procedures that are available should be used to remove
primary tumors since it is the primary tumor that can send out seeds
for metastasis. Other cancers like leukemia, lymphoma and
hemangiosarcoma are usually cancers of the blood, lymph system or
blood vessels, which make it more difficult to locate and remove a
primary growth. In these cases, itís probably not going to be
operable but that does not translate to hopeless.
goal with most alternative cancer therapies is to induce apoptosis.
Apoptosis is a genetic program in all of us, and our dogs, that
tells cells itís their time to go. Apoptosis is regulated by the
P53 tumor suppressor gene (the gene has been directly linked to
osteosarcoma and hemangiosarcoma in studies done with Rottweilers).
A mutation occurs in this process that allows mutant cells to grow
out of control and that is cancer. The different names of cancers
are usually given to the type of tissue, area of the body, or system
that harbors the mutant cells. For example, mast cell cancer forms
from mast cells which are naturally occurring cells in the body,
spindle cell carcinoma derives from naturally occurring spindle
cells etc. Iím making this as simple as possible but it is far more
complex in reality.
Avemar is derived from fermented wheat germ; it comes in powder
formóin packets for humans. The results of studies show it greatly
improves survival and quality of life. There are no gastric side
effects with the exception of a possible soft stool periodically;
but with Avemar, there is no fear of intestinal necrosis. Itís too
new to say with certainty that it would be suitable for prevention
of cancer in a cancer prone line or breed, but I cannot see why not
since it does not damage healthy cells. It is an immune modulator
which is important for overall health. We know that cancer is also
an immune system failure.
Avemar is derived from the germ (endosperm, or
seed) of the wheat plant, and is a by-product of milling of wheat
kernels to produce flour. It differs from ordinary wheat germ in
that it is fermented to concentrate the substituted benzo-quinones,
which are biologically active. Concentration allows the
immunomodulatory effects of the substituted benzo-quinones to be
obtained without the consumption of impractically large amounts of
wheat germ. The fermented wheat germ product produced is then
treated with ionizing energy to reach the appropriate
product is rich in macro- and microelements, vitamins and
unsaturated fatty acids. Its important components include herbal
benzoic- and hydroquinones which have immune modulating and
antimicrobial effects . Visit the company's website for
more information and for a source to purchase. www.avemar.com
The next effective treatment is Artemisinin (Arte) which is an
extract from the wormwood plant. Arte is used successfully to treat
malaria throughout the world.
Cancer cells have the highest concentration of iron in their cells
because they need that iron to stimulate growth, get a good blood
supply going and eventually kill the host! Arte attacks cells with
the highest concentration of iron much like the malaria parasite
which also contains a lot of iron.
article appearing in Life Sciences in 2001 by Drs. Singh and
Lai at the University of Washington detailed the rapid and complete
destruction of a radiation-resistant breast cancer cell line in
vitro. The destruction occurred within 8 hours and had little
effect on normal cells.
Artemisinin has two semi-synthetic derivatives: Artesunate and
Artemether. A paper published in Oncology in 2001 described the
cytotoxic effects of Artesunate against a wide variety of cancers
including melanomas, breast, ovarian, leukemia and colon cancers.
The growth of all of these cancers was inhibited by 50%.
source for this combination of Arte and its derivatives is Wellcare
source for the high quality Arte used at Washington State University
is Holley Pharmaceuticals. Here is their website:
must be given on an empty stomach. Allow at least 3 hours to elapse
after feeding and then give the Arte; wait one hour before feeding
again. Holley Phamaceutical will advise you on dosage. I have a
140 pound dog that is on 300mg daily split into two or 150 mg twice
a day. Using fat helps the absorptionóI give the capsules with some
wild caught salmon oil gelcaps and in organic butter or frozen
with butyrex which further helps with absorption and is also
available from Holley. Here is information on that supplement:
Artemisinin has an extremely helpful Yahoo group with many people
using it. Success stories with bone cancer, leukemia and other
cancers are exciting to read about: These people answer questions
and support and guide each other.
more reading on Arte, visit these sites:
Neoplasene is a treatment available from Buck Mountain Botanicals.
I have never used it topically though there are many people who
have, but as an oral treatment it works this way: A small amount is
ingested with food twice a day. It circulates within the
bloodstream and attacks and kills the mutant cells wherever it finds
them. It takes over and induces apoptosis. Where the genetic
program has broken down, Neoplasene takes its place. There is some
controversy over its use because it is very powerful but it is also
very effective. You need to contact Dr. Terence Fox at Buck
Mountain Botanicals to discuss its use and dosage since it is his
treatment protocol. His phone number is 1-406-232-1185.
key to giving Neoplasene is to prep the stomach because it will
induce vomitingóit is an emetic. The vomiting is not terrible but
itís not going to help treat the cancer so prepping the stomach is
vital. You must also make certain a large amount of food and water
is present to make the Neoplasene absorbable. There is a sheet that
Iíve put together to help you. Itís called Diet for Neoplasene and
are two groups available online that you should join since everyone
on these groups is using Neoplasene and some of these stories will
fill your heart with joy!
The other group is even larger with a great many downloadable sheets
to help youóthere are over 400 people supporting each other.
Fox is firm in stating two prerequisites for using Neoplasene. (1)
absolutely no NSAIDS or other forms of anti-inflammatory medicines.
The reason is simpleóneoplasene heats up the cancer cells to destroy
them. By using an anti-inflammatory, you prevent the Neoplasene
from doing its job. You may notice that your dog seeks a cool place
after eating. Thatís why. By all means, use Tramadol for pain as
needed, or one of the homeopathic remedies, like Traumeel.
His next request is no other treatments should
be used when using Neoplasene. Because of this statement, you
really need to make certain you want to use Neoplasene and not use
the other mentioned treatments which work in different ways.
For decades, the word was out that something in cruciferous
vegetables protects animals from cancer; in 1992, scientists from
Johns Hopkins University identified the active constituent as a
chemical called sulforaphane. Broccoli
contains more sulforaphane than the other vegetables. The best
source of it comes from sprouts that have grown to the second leaf
stage; these seedlings contain between 10 to 100 times as much
sulforaphane as a full-grown broccoli.
date the sulforaphane research focusing on cancer has discovered
that this protection results from stimulation of the body's own
antioxidant and detoxification system, which is comprised of what
scientists call Phase 2 Enzymes. The enzymes eliminate
carcinogens from the body before they can cause DNA damage. This
action protects healthy cells from cancer triggering chemicals.
exciting from a cutting edge point of view is a paper in the March
2000 issue of Cancer Research which reported for the first
time that sulforaphane can cause cancer cells to self-destruct, that
it triggers programmed cell death or apoptosis.
Research that is more recent reports on the genetic mechanisms by
which these broccoli chemicals work. For example, a recent study on
breast cancer showed sulforaphane binding to mammary tissue after
just a single dose of broccoli sprouts.
Earlier studies from 1997 and 2000 demonstrated that sulforaphane
prevented carcinogens from triggering cancer in breast tissue.
Other benefits of this supplement include
increasing the liverís capacity to detoxify potential carcinogens.
Sulforaphane glucosinolate is the precursor of sulforaphane and
ONCOPLEX contains sulforaphane glucosinolate (SGS).
You, your family and your pets should all be taking Oncoplex and I
do not make a penny on this recommendation! You can order it online
at the following websites:
IP6 with INOSITOL
mentioned above in the discussion on Arte, tumor cells utilize iron
as a growth factor. Researchers are constantly searching for a drug
that would be able to attach to iron molecules and remove them from
the body, producing an effective anti-cancer drug, without harming
the patient. The chemotherapy drug, Adriamycin (doxorubicin), is an
iron binder, but comes with severe side effects, including heart
is a naturally occurring compound that chelates (attaches to) iron
without side effects. Inositol hexaphosphate (IP6), is found
naturally in seeds and bran; it selectively removes iron from
abnormal cells without side effects. You can learn more about the
effectiveness of this natural treatment here:
started Jazzie on IP6 with Inositol from Enzymatic Therapy. I
purchase it from The Vitamin Shoppe in my area. She is on 6
capsules twice a day.
Lastly, I have Jazzie on a program under Dr. Charles Loops, a
renowned veterinary homeopathic. He has her on cell salts and
special nosodes. The aim with homeopathy is to do not harm so
whatever decisions you make, I highly recommend a telephone consult
with Dr. Loops. Jazzie has been doing well with this program and
the other alternatives that we are now using. I would have a better
sense of security about treating her cancer if she were on
Neoplasene, but for this dog, it is not a safe treatment.
goal in fighting cancer was to make my beloved friend as comfortable
as possible and prolong her life. If we can turn cancer into a
chronic, manageable disease instead of a fatal disease, what more
can we ask?
you need to email me, please feel free. I totally understand the
gnawing fear that goes with a cancer afflicted pet. The feelings of
helplessness can be overwhelming.