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Alternative Cancer Therapies....


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.

Any 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. 

The 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 microbiological purity.

The finished 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.

An 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%.

A source for this combination of Arte and its derivatives is Wellcare Pharmaceutical Co.


The source for the high quality Arte used at Washington State University is Holley Pharmaceuticals.  Here is their website:


Arte 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 yogurt.

Give 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. 


For 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.

The 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 itís attached.

There 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.


Dr. 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.

To 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.

More 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:






As 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 damage. 

There 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:



I 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. 

Visit his website:


My 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?

If 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.



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