“If you don’t support the immune system of the cancer patient, the patient will die much sooner.”
Those wise words sum up why so many pets and people struggle with chemotherapy and radiation therapy, suffer complications, have a poor quality of life, and yet die of their cancers.
Immune support of sick pets, especially those sick with cancer, is the most critical part of treatment. Without immune support, the patient can’t fight its illness and eventually succumbs.
It doesn’t have to be this way. With proper immune support, most cancer patients can live longer while keeping their cancers in remission. In some cases, immune support can be life-saving and offer a cure for even aggressive cancers.
Over the course of my career treating cancer patients, I have seen the positive effects of immune support. For most of my patients, a life expectancy of 1 ½- 2 ½ years following a diagnosis of cancer is typical (the average cancer patient not treated with immune support lives about 8-12 months.)
To treat pets with cancer properly, early diagnosis and aggressive treatment are critical. Here are several steps for diagnosing and treating cancer that have worked well in my practice.
1.Aspirate or biopsy every lump-While most lumps are not cancer, if we assume they are until we prove otherwise, we will never misdiagnose a pet’s cancer. A simple aspirate examined microscopically in the office can help us determine if the lump is benign or malignant.
2.No one can diagnose lumps by feeling them-Benign fatty tumors feel and look the same as malignant, aggressive cancers. You must aspirate or biopsy the lump to tell the difference.
3.Vaccines can cause cancer and can make cancer grow faster-Therefore, don’t vaccinate pets unless a blood titer test determines the pet needs a vaccine, and NEVER vaccinate pets with cancer.
4.Natural therapies usually increase your pet’s chances of living longer-In our practice, the typical cancer patient lives 1.5-2 times longer through the use of natural medicines (in addition to or in place of chemotherapy and radiation therapy.) If you don’t support the pet’s immune system following the diagnosis of cancer, what keeps the cancer from returning? The answer is…NOTHING. Don’t be surprised when cancer returns (quickly) if you don’t provide immune support to keep the cancer in remission. Natural therapies we have used with much success include herbs, homeopathics, nutritional supplements, detoxification, autosanguis therapy, and autologous blood stem cell therapy.
5.Early diagnosis is critical-Regular checkups (every 6 months for most pets) and lab testing (blood, urine, feces) can uncover many cancers. Lumps felt at home by the pet owner should be examined once they are discovered. Certain breeds, such as retrievers, boxers, and Scottish terriers, have higher incidences of various cancers and should be screened aggressively for these cancers.
6.Get pet insurance-Treating cancer is expensive and can easily cost over $10,000. If this is cost prohibitive, get pet insurance before your pet gets cancer (and make sure the insurance covers natural therapies as well as conventional therapies.)
Finally, don’t give up. I’ve seen way too many pet owners who were told that “nothing can be done” for the pet with cancer (and many other diseases,) and yet when natural therapies were administered the pets often showed dramatic improvement and remissions. For cancer, a second opinion and proper immune support is often the difference between life and death.
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