Feline and Canine cancer links and information
"Our animals shepherd us through certain eras of ourlives. When we are ready to turn the corner and make it on our own...they let us go." Anonymous
Love Wins
There is always help so don't be afraid-messages from Morgy

If you animal has been diagnosed with cancer, my four legged companions hope this site helps. The greatest mystery on earth is death..
After your shock, panic, possibly rage and terror wear off, and the agony sets in, know that some do beat the disease, others live a lot longer than expected and right now your treasure is on earth. Please view your companion and try to push the cancer into the background after the initial shock. Our animals become our guides in this very painful and mysterious journey.

Whatever decisions you make, will be the correct ones!

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Morgan died on Dec 14, 2001, three months short of his 14 birthday. He defeated cancer but his little heart finally became too tired. For over two years and a half years, Morgan battled bone cancer. He battled it through supporting his immune system..no chemo or radiation..he was not a candidate..supplements, diet, and plenty of rest. One of his many nicknames was the flaxseed kid..There is no proof but he was overdosed with flaxseed oil and cottage cheese for the first 1/2 year of his diagnosis. His vet was amazed at how well Morgan did with his heart condition, advanced age and all. The vet saw him a week before he died and was still amazed and then shocked at his sudden death. Miracles do happen!
Click here to find a geographic list of oncologists in your area The anti inflammatories, anti bacterials and anti virals Morgy had been receiving may have done the trick to be a cancer survivor.
Feature LINK
Current Chemotherapy in Oncology
Susan M. Cotter DVM, DACVM (Oncology and Internal Medicine)
Tufts University,
School of Veterinary Medicine
North Grafton, MA

A few research articles on inflammation, blood flow etc and cancer
David has allowed me to add the possible importance of Piroxicam over Rimadyl for cancer fighting properties..click HERE

Pet Monuments - Headstones - Garden Memorials at reasonable prices-a lovely testimonial
.A list of discount vet pharmacies can be found by clicking here .

click here for shopusanimal's mongraph on olive leaf extract

I am currently going giving his littermate Hammy Same(S-Adenosyl Methionine). It has both anti depressant effect and "USED TO IMPROVE HEPATIC GLUTATHIONE LEVELS AND MAINTAIN AND PROTECT LIVER FUNCTION". One of the cheapest places I have found it on the net is http://www.iherb.com There is a cat and dog version put out by http://www.cosequin.com/veterinary/denosyl.htm -here is link to their research article -one of the cheapest places I have found it is at my affiliate

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do a search for liver and you come up with denosyl

A general abstract calls it S-Adenosylmethionine: a control switch that regulates liver function. Recently read of a research study on dog with severe liver disease and SamE. Another recent study suggests SAME can be used for S-adenosyl-L-methionine (SAMe) for the treatment of acetaminophen There is a study on gallstones "Methionine, but not taurine, protects against formation of canine pigment gallstones.
Am also planning to buy taurine in liquid lecithin base. Again recently read a research article showing that it benefits the heart of dogs and possibly helps to prevent seizures.

Pet Monuments - Headstones - Garden Memorials at reasonable prices-a lovely testimonial

You might want to read up on graviola , a possible tumor killer.
You might also want to read up on melatonin. I am working on a page filled with research abstracts here
For instance, there are suggestions that "that melatonin protect against doxorubicin-induced cardiotoxicity without interfering with its antitumor effect
Another source is grape seed extract or from grape skin...Resveratrol or Proanthocyanidins-supplements that have anti cancer properties...click here to skim research abstracts.
Then there is bromelain. Please click here. (I decided to review abstracts for supplements to actually see if there were documented research rather than just folk remedies and testimonials. You can also print out some of those pages to show your vet in case they aren't holistic or in case they are curious.)

Dr. Charles Loops, a homeopath DVM now has a website. Here is his list of supplements. although I don't agree with him on downplaying of flaxseed oil and cottage cheese.

By combing cancer literature, one can also find ways of helping our companions by bringing attention to our vets human cancer helps, ie bisphonsophonate -Clondronate "known to reduce the incidence of bone metastasis, relieve bone pain, prevent fractures and reverse hypercalcemia" and possibly extend life. lef org bisphosphonate clodronate(which can be given orally (sold in Canada under Bonefos). links on Cancerlit for Alendronate (abstracts)
Some people are trying Artemether for osteosarcoma and breast cancer. You don't need a prescription. It is about $60 dollars a bottle.(from Wellcare Pharmaceuticals in Los Angeles (310-377-0056) It is used for malaria. You can read about it here The theory is trapping iron.." Seattle scientists have shown that a compound extracted from the wormwood plant seeks out and destroys breast cancer cells, while leaving healthy cells unscathed."
Here is a message board on Discussion of Artesunate for Cancer Therapy. there is a link there where price appears to be $6.00 .
A Canadian write up on Bonefos-much cheaper than Aredia-around a 1.80 a pill for Bonefos and over 1000 dollars for Aredia Zometa appears to be next generation of bisposphonates

Herbal Medicine, Healing & Cancer A book that gives a huge amount of information based on years of experience with humans.
Pets Living With Cancer: A Pet Owner's Resource
Veterinarians Guide to Natural Remedies for Dogs : Safe and Effective Alternative Treatments and Healing Techniques from the Nations Top Holistic Veterinarians
Why Is Cancer Killing Our Pets?: How You Can Protect and Treat Your Animal Companion
Mammary cancer:-please click here for abstracts, links, diet for mammary tumors
Brain tumors:-please click here for abstracts, links, Brain tumors
Lymphoma:-please click here for abstracts, links, lymphoma
Lymphoma:-Hoover-on Silent Paws-
:-please click here for abstracts, links, soft tissues sarcoma
hemangiosarcoma:-please click here for abstracts, links, diet for hemangiosarcoma
Mass Cell Tumors-please click here for abstracts, links, diet for mast cell tumors
Melanomas-please click here for abstracts and links
Trinka and osteosarcoma-please click here for abstracts and links-there are also links on this page
Morgy and osteosarcoma-please click here for abstracts and links-there are also links on this page
Hammy grieving over loss of Morgy-please click here for tips,abstracts and links-
bladder cancer-transitional cell carcinoma-please click here for abstracts and links
Excellent site for chemotherapy protocols and drugs
please go to this site altvetmed-Dr. Susan Wynn-a great overview-re nutrition-herbs,homeopathy for cancer-Green tea Turmeric Soybeans Garlic Pau d’arco Carnivora (venus fly trap) Coptis Oregon Grape Mistletoe Chaparral
for Immunestimulants Reishi (ganoderma) Maitake Ashwaganda Ginseng Astragalus Echinacea
suggestions for nutrition-a must read from gulfcoastvet ie " 1. Substitute poultry, fish, eggs, and cheese for red meat. 2. Marinate meats with sweet marinades or sauces. 3. Serve meats chilled rather than hot. 4. Use extra seasonings, spices, and flavorings, but avoid flavorings that are very sweet or very bitter. An elevated threshold for taste may make food taste bland or boring. 5. Use lemon-flavored drinks to stimulate saliva and taste, but avoid artificial lemon and use sweeteners sparingly. "-these tend to follow articles written for human cancer-there is a lot more on this webpage
support for side effect from chemo from Cornell
mentions vomitting, diarrhea, dehydration, and urinary problems, gums
must read for botantical approach against cancer
chemotherapy treatments for neoplastic diseases limb sparing
cancerous portion of the bone is removed and replaced with a graft
Overview of vitamin C and cancer cancer overview
food factors-4 people herbs re cancer-research lyprinol-mussels-cancer relief? critique-lyprinol
bone cancer prognosis"There is evidence that the amount of bone-specific alkaline phosphatase in the blood before and after cancer surgery is a good indicator of post-surgical survival time."
Article re fish oil may help dogs with lymphosarcoma Jennifer Windh's review of research on Melanomas Glutathione and Allieviating the Affects of Chemotherapy Bibliography
Cornell Vet Med. ACVR K.S.U.
great health
info site
vet medicine
Dr.Alice huge vet resource
canine medical info cancer
osteosarcoma-mini schnauzers
Virtualvetcenter Articles on
dog osteosarcoma
Oakland Vet
other _blankics
VETLEARN Infoguides
cancer _blankics
great research
drug reference
canine fibrosarcoma
How does cancer
huge vet resource netfopets overview radiation
and cancer
in felines
Cat Cancer canine skin
cancer research
of cancers
softtissue sarcomas tumors of skin feline
mammary tumors
FAQ Cancer
cancer treatment protocols
lymphoma-Anita R. Weidinger, D.V.M.
-overview of
neck and head tumours
Feline Mammary
Adenocarcinoma (FMGAC)
soft tissue sarcomas (STS)
brain tumours
in cats and dogs
arthritis Vet Cardiology Online bladder cancer
-Piroxicam and Cisplatin
cell references
negative on rimadyl
more positive
on fedene,Etogesic
.Piroxicam is drug of choice.
ps my vet disagrees
herbal treatments for radiation -apples,kelp,thuja,Yarrow,dandelion etc
for chemotherapy
-protecting liver, pancreas, thyroid and the digestive
and immune systems generally- Alfalfa, Rosehips, Thuja, Parsley, Fennel, Blue Flag, Ginger and
Liquorice plusinclude the Bach Flower essences Rescue Remedy, Walnut, Wild Oat, Scleranthus and Honeysuckle.
osteosarcoma - Maritime Pine Bark extract Bladderack, Comfrey, Equisetum, Golden Seal, Parsley
Rosehips and Yarrow.plus the Bach Flower essences Oak, Olive, Pine, Water Violet, Walnut and Wild Oat.-
bone growth and healing - Millet and Linseed in the daily diet the herbal -Comfrey, Equisetum, Nettle and Yarrow. plus Bach Flower essence Oak.
Lymphoma Treatment Support : Maritime Pine Bark extract Bladderack, Comfrey, Equisetum, Golden Seal, Parsley, Rosehips and Violet Leaves. plus the Bach Flower essences Oak, Olive, Pine, Water Violet, Walnut and Wild Oat.
Lymphoma Protocol
Veterinarymall cancer overview
DVM Aronson
mentions drug
treatments also
Antioxidant & Coenzyme
Q10 for Cancer Prevention
& Treatment-Scanlon
canine melanoma selected skin tumours
Mast Cell Tumors
Mass Cell tumor Squamous Cell

"Prevention The best method of prevention is to eliminate exposure to sunshine. The use of sun block on the tip of the nose and ears is helpful if your cat does not lick or rub it off. White haired cats should be kept indoors, and should be prevented from sunbathing for long periods of time in the window. Even though windows filter out ultraviolet radiation, they do not filter enough of the radiation in the case of SCC."
mast cell tumours-canine radiation overview re cancers-a lot of information re prognosis
feline and canine mast cell tumors
Oral Cancers-
malignant melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma, fibrosarcoma, and acanthomatous epulis.
oral cavity Squamous Cell
epulides in canines especially for boxers-health problems plus epulides
some research abstract on acanthomatous epulpides- mention is made of bleomycin for treatment Radiation therapy for long-term control of odontogenic tumours and epulis in three cats.
Radiation therapy should be considered to be an adjuvant to incomplete surgery in cats with odontogenic neoplasms or epulides
Salivary gland neoplasia in the dog and cat: survival times and prognostic factors.
Twenty-four dogs and 30 cats with histopathologically confirmed salivary gland neoplasia were retrospectively reviewed in a multi-institutional study. The predominant presenting complaint for animals with salivary gland neoplasia was that of a mass being noted by the owner; other common complaints included halitosis, dysphagia, and exophthalmia. Siamese cats were overrepresented, indicating a possible breed predisposition. The most common histopathological type was simple adenocarcinoma. Cats had more advanced disease at diagnosis than did dogs, and clinical staging was prognostic in dogs. The median survival times for dogs and cats were 550 days and 516 days, respectively.
Oral Tumors and Their Biology
"Oral cancer accounts for 6% of canine cancer and 3% of all cancers in cats."
recognizing oral disease
  • radiation overview re cancers-a lot of information re prognosis

    Re lactic acid and possible cancer fighting properties-plus raw versus cooked vegetables
    I was given permission by Suze F.to post it here
    Hi Toni, I'd love to hear what you come up with on your Internet search. Here is a quote from CJ Puotinen's "The Encyclopedia of Natural Pet Care, "In his book "How to Fight Cancer and Win," William L. Fischer describes the importance of saurkraut and other lactic acid fermented foods as a support therapy in human cancer prevention and treatment. Those are fresh, raw, unpasteurized natural pickels, made without vinegar and with a minimum of salt, which are, Fischer explained, an excellent bowel tonic; they improve digestion, which in cancer patients is often compromised by a lack of hydrochloric acid and enzymes, and are themselves rich in easily assimilated nutrients. Lactic acid maintains beneficial intestinal flora while helping to eliminate harmful bacteria. According to German physician and scientist Johannes Kuhl, M.D., Ph.D., lactic acid foods are "hostile" to cancer. "No other full-value diet will do the job [of reducing cancer cases]," he wrote." It sounds like this process may more closely replicate the "pre-digested" plant material in a prey's stomach and intestines than cooked veggies, as you mentioned. However, I disagree that wolves and or dogs' ancestors didn't eat raw plant materials albeit, I believe, in small amounts. No one seems to agree how much raw plant material they ate but they ate some as do many modern day dogs if the owner allows it. Juliette de Bairacli Levy writes in "The Complete Herbal Handbook For the Dog and Cat," "The dog is no true vegetable eater, taking only what it gets from the contents of the intestines of the prey which it kills, and in very limited amounts, direct from various grasses, berries and mosses, which it seeks out for itself. Many dogs have completely lost their instinct for the seeking-out of herbs; only for that admirable, intestinal cleansing herb, couch grass (Agropyrum repens) , do dogs seem to retain their herb eating instinct..." (p.32) She does emphasize that dogs seek herbs more for medicinal purposes than for nutritional ones. Maybe we don't really differ on this point, I just think they do eat some raw plant material although a very small ratio compared to meat consumption. I do agree that dogs' ancestors probably didn't eat much raw cabbage or turnip unless these agriculturally-raised veggies have wild counterparts somewhere in the world where dogs' ancestors lived. Hmmm.... I'm beginning to think I overfeed veggies....I give my two 10 lb. dogs about 3 Tbs. each per day. Sometimes a little more, sometimes a little less. This is another issue I've been pondering along with the digestion issue....

    There was a recent news release for a large research study on rotties-there were statistical findings that early neutering-increased the risk of bone cancer.
    I have shared this information with some individuals, but maybe others on the list would find it helpful. My wife works for a small, country vet practice where few clients have the money or inclination to treat bone cancer with chemo/radiation, etc. For some years this vet has been using Piroxicam, an NSAID similar to Rimadyl, as his basic treatment for bone cancer. Piroxicam is an effective pain killer/anti-inflammatory, but it also supresses the formation of new blood vessels, giving it anti-cancer properties. It is a specific for bladder cancer, but general-practice vets in my experience are finding it helps with osteosarcoma as well. This country vet is getting average life expectancies of 7 months from diagnosis with only Piroxicam, and it is high quality life. A friend of mine is a client and kept a Golden going for nearly 8 months. The dog ran and played until 3 days before he was euthanized. Veterinary oncologists are coming around to the use of Piroxicam as well. I joined this list because a friend has a 4.5 year-old Pyr named Christy with osteosarcoma. Christy is being treated by the same oncologist we used for a lymphoma dog and I've been able to help with some of the day-long chemo treatments. They are using a new protocol that incolves aggressive chemo prior to amputation. In any case, Christy was on Rimadyl and the first thing the oncologist did was switch her to Piroxicam. She has had NO pain since, is walking, running, beating the heck out of her brother, with no limp (keep in mind the IS on Cisplat and Adria). Piroxicam can be hard on the stomach and if your dog has problems with it (Christy did), they can give it with a human drug called Misoprostal which causes the stomach to produce more mucus as a protective coating. Since using the Misoprostal, Christy has had no problems with the Piroxicam. Keep in mind I'm NOT a vet and I don't think there has been a formal study of Piroxicam for osteosarcoma. This is just something you might want to discuss with your veterinary teams.
    Living with Canine Lymphoma: Clondike's StoryDavid is Clondike's David. You may want to read her story which is beyond inspirational..She beat her cancer. Clondike was a legend in her own Time!
    -this came off the 20/20 site..hope they don't mind my putting it on this page ..hopefully they love animals as much as we do.. 20/20 Sept. 8 Ross Wilkins and Stephen Withrow are doctors working together in the fight against bone cancer. But their collaboration does not happen in the same hospital or research center they can't meet on the job because they work on different species. Still, their unusual partnership has led them to become leaders not only in helping their patients survive bone cancer with chemotherapy, but in preserving limbs that almost certainly would have been amputated in the past. Wilkins, an orthopedic surgeon, practices at a state-of-the-art human care facility, the Institute for Limb Preservation at St. Luke's Presbyterian Hospital in Denver. Withrow, a veterinarian specializing in treating cancer in animals, practices 70 miles north of Denver in the world's largest veterinary cancer center at Colorado State University. Wilkins began to tap into Withrow's knowledge of animal treatment for a very good reason: bone cancer occurs in large dogs 10 times more frequently than it does in humans. Pioneering Techniques Withrow helped pioneer a technique that makes bone grafts a surgery in which a cadaver bone is transplanted into the affected area more effective by using surgical cement to fill and strengthen the bone before it's transplanted. Antibiotics are added as well to fight potential infections. Wilkins remembers when they discussed such a procedure over pizzas. "If you think about a bone, it's a hollow tube. We felt that if we could fill that tube with something that's hard and strong, you could put antibiotics in. That would protect the graft from infection," he says. "We sort of started doing this in animals, and we started doing it in humans." Withrow performed state-of-the-art surgery on Dakota, a black Labrador, to try to avoid amputation of his front leg. A day later, Dakota was out on the lawn, retrieving a ball. (ABCNEWS.com) Another technique developed for dogs by Withrow, with help from the National Cancer Institute, involves the use of sponges. Biodegradable sponges are soaked with chemotherapy agents designed to kill any remaining cancer cells. "There's no vomiting. There's no hair loss. There's none of the common side-effects of chemo," Withrow says. Chemotherapy is what saves a patient's life and Withrow's dogs have helped teach many lessons on how it can be used effectively. Surgical care is what saves limbs and through the testing of bone cement, antibiotics and ways to help the bone graft heal faster, the veterinary center has also made a contribution to human care in reducing complications. There's a lot of brainstorming left to do. But Wilkins and Withrow say they will continue to communicate with each other once a week in their ongoing collaboration. Bone Cancer Treatment Resources If you're looking for information on bone cancer treatments for humans, please contact:
    Dr. Ross Wilkins
    Institute for Limb Preservation
    St. Luke's Presbyterian Hospital
    1601 East 19th Avenue Suite 3300
    Denver, Colo. 80218
    If you're looking for information on bone cancer treatments for animals, please contact:
    Dr. Stephen Withrow
    Colorado State University
    Animal Cancer Center
    300 West Drake Road
    Fort Collins, Colo. 80523