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Old 01-06-2006, 07:34 PM
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Default Hemangiosarcoma

I have a 12 year old whippet who was recently diagnosed with splenic hemangiosarcoma, which is a very aggressive cancer of the blood vessels and it starts on the spleen. He had his spleen removed last month because the tumor was attached to his spleen and is receiving chemotherapy. So far it seems as though the cancer hasn't spread, but we aren't sure. He seems to be doing fine right now, although his white blood cell count has already dropped a little bit. He's acting like he used to and is gaining weight (he lost weight when he first got the cancer since the tumor was pressing his stomach). Does anyone have any personal experience with hemangiosarcoma? What should I expect? What should I look out for? How long do dogs normally live with hemangiosarcoma? The oncologist said that he might live for anywhere from 3-12 months. Any advice or information would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 01-06-2006, 11:20 PM
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Wish I could help with more than my thoughts, good vibes and prayers your way. Cancer is so hard to deal with.... we never know how aggressive to go. We want the best for our babies , keep them happy and comfortable as long as possible. We're never ready to let them go . I'd go mega bucks to cure... but when it comes to buying time... I'd go quality rather than quanity. Please keep us posted.
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Old 01-07-2006, 12:22 AM
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I hope he pulls through. You may want to look into this:
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Old 01-07-2006, 12:03 PM
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My thoughts and prayers are with you and your pup. Cancer is very hard to know what to expect. It sounds like you are doing everything you can. Take comfort in knowing you are doing more than a lot can and that will give him as much opportunity as possible to beat it. If you have to go through this, the spleen is a good place to have it occur because it can be totally removed as you have said. I hope you will never see any recurrence, only time will tell. I hope he pulls through with flying colors.
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Old 01-08-2006, 10:17 AM
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What a shame, my thoughts are with you.
You may wish to contact.
Professor Henry Lai, Ph. D., University of WAshington, Seattle (206) 543-1071 or e-mail [email protected]

I assume you are feeding an anti-cancer diet with low Carbohydrates (Carb's feed cancer cells while fats do not). Feed canine cancer patients a grain-free low-carb or no-carb diet.

Make sure all foods are from pasture-fed animals only as they have linoleic acid in them which inhibits the developemtent of tumors. Upgrading to pasture- fed ingredients can help your dog fight cancer. Other beneificial foods are flaxseed oil, ground flaxseed and sulphur rich quark cheese, garlic, Coconut oil and broccoli, fish body oil.

For Antioxidant's such as beta carotene you can naturally add this to your dogs diet with carrots, cantaloupe, and other orange-colored foods.

Vitamin E - found in nuts, wheat germ, and some vegetables...if you choose to use a Vitamin E supplement make sure it's not the synthetic dl-alpha-tocopherol...the synthetic dl-alpha tocopherol may contribute to, rather than prevent, certain illnesses.
Even the other natural d-alpha tocopherol is not utilized by the body properly. Vitamin E is made up of 8 molecules which are alpha, beta, gamma, and delta-tocopherols and alpha, beta, gamma, and delta-tocotrienols. It's actually the gamma form which is beneficial...not the d-alpha tocopherol.

Vitamin A found in liver, egg yolks, and cod liver oil.

Vitamin C found in citrus fruit, and leafy vegetables.

The mineral selenium found in grains.

When choosing antioxidants be sure to study the portocol carefully before adding and make sure they use food source rather than synthetic products.

Some other things to research are:
Beta glucan
Medicinal mushrooms such as maitake or reishi
aloe vera
red clover
The herbal formula Essiac which enhances immune function.
The yellow spice turmeric is becoming known as a cancer fighter.
catís claw, or Chinese herbs, all of which are highly regarded as natural cancer treatments.
maritime pine bark extract

You might want to order "All You Ever Wanted to Know about Herbs for Pets", a terrific book by Mary Wulff-Tilford and Gregory Tilford, is helpful.

You could also research Enzyme therapy, Bromelain, and Wobenzym.

Systemic oral enzyme therapy (the term used to describe the administration of digestive enzymes between meals), New Hampshire resident Susan Appelin described her two Greyhounds, one with hemangiosarcoma, the other with a mast cell sarcoma. When a holistic physician told her about Wobenzym, she added between-meal enzymes to her dogsí home-prepared diet. Both dogs recovered and enjoyed more than a year free from cancer.
Oh course the above are all suggestions for you to review with a holistic Vet. All the suggestions above would not be used together and I don't have information on quanities or treatment protocol. For that you or your Vet can contact Professor Henry Lai, Ph.D for a consultation.
Good luck
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