Natural therapies may be effective as complements to cancer treatment, but it is important to make clear that no evidence exists that any alternative therapies are effective cures for cancer.
When a pet is diagnosed with cancer, many pet owners seek all possible methods of treatment to alleviate suffering and improve quality of life. Many turn to complementary medicines.
Our approach to cancer therapy at CCAM incorporates three critical areas of focus:
- The immune system – the body’s ability to fight and heal
- Anti-cancer therapies – integrative approaches incorporating Western and natural therapies
- A holistic approach to the whole body – strengthening the rest of the body
Conventional Western medicine focuses on anti cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation. While these therapies are designed to attack the cancer, they may also suppress the immune system and impair the body’s natural ability to heal itself. A complementary approach to these important therapies might focus on nutrition and nourishment to enhance the body’s ability to respond to chemotherapy or radiation.
A focus on the immune system
Conventional Western medicine is designed to attack cancer cells because the body itself is often unable to do so. In doing so, however, modern medicine often takes an already defective, suppressed immune system and suppresses it further with chemotherapy and radiation. Hence the need to “check white blood cell counts” repeatedly during chemotherapy treatments. If these cells go too low, then chemotherapy is suspended, for without white blood cells, the body becomes unable to protect itself even from simple bacterial infection.
We therefore focus complementary natural therapies on strengthening the immune system. The anti-cancer immune system involves a special species of white blood cells (such as NK killer cells, T helper cells) and the main organ of residence is the thymus. Thus thymus glandular support is always part of complementary medicine protocols, as are the mushrooms. There are some FDA-approved specific immune cancer boosters such as Acemannin, Immunoregulan, etc, that can be used in complementary therapies as well. In addition, homeopathic remedies such as Viscum and Echinancia may be appropriate. Low level light laser has been shown to help, and herbs such as carnivora and mistletoe may be effective as well.
Your pet’s therapy will be unique to your pet, and the goal will be to help boost the immune system so that the body can begin to protect and heal itself.
Anti cancer therapies
For certain animals who cannot handle more conventional therapies, or for owners who insist on a more natural approach, we can attempt a form of “natural chemotherapy”, if you will. Many options exist. Certain herbs such as neoplasene, Hocksey formula, and artimisinin can be helpful. Poly MVA is a powerful anti-oxidant linked to a toxic ion, which has been used in humans for certain brain tumors. Cesium, DMSO and Acemannin are substances that may contribute to the killing of cancer cells.
A holistic approach to the whole body
A cancer’s attack on the body can be vicious, and the body experiences significant stress as its weakened immune system attempts to fight back. This stress affects almost all aspects of the body:
- Adrenal and thyroid glands
- Intestine, liver and kidney as the body processes and rids itself of drugs and waste
- Thymus and spleen as the body struggles to build immunity and fend off the cancer
- Intestine, pancreas and liver as the body struggles for energy via digestion
- Immune system as bacteria, virus and environmental toxins threaten the body
Our approach to cancer therapy therefore focuses strongly on strengthening the body so that it has a better chance at defeating cancer, via treatment methods such as:
- Vitamin therapy
- Glandular therapy
- Food and nutrition
- Metabolic nutritional analysis
- Pain management
Our goal is always to extend life, with comfort and compassion.
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- Cancer. Blending chemotherapy with herbals and supplements. Dr. Mark Newkirk, Director of the Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine at Saint Francis Veterinary Center. 2.1.2013
A note about safety, effectiveness and regulation of complementary and alternative medical therapies: Rigorous, well-designed clinical trials for many complementary and alternative therapies are often lacking; therefore the safety and effectiveness of many therapies are uncertain. Government regulations for most of these therapies are not the same as those for prescription or over-the-counter drugs. In general, regulations for most supplements and products are less strict; for example, manufacturers do not have to prove the safety and effectiveness of a dietary supplement before it is marketed. However, the federal government is now funding studies in this field through its National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) and numerous academic medical centers around the country are privately working in the field.