Alternative Treatment for Canine Bone Cancer


Alternative Treatments for Oral Cancer

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Bone Cancer: Osteosarcoma



Osteosarcoma is the most common primary bone tumor in dogs. Osteosarcoma accounts for 85% of all the bone tumors that occur in limbs of dogs and also occurs in the spine, jaw, skull and ribs. Repetitive bone injury, previous fractures, underlying bone disease, viral infections, genetic predisposition and previous radiation may or may not lead to osteosarcoma. It usually occurs in large and giant breeds. It usually occurs in dogs from 1 to 2 years of age or dogs between 7 and 9 years of age. The cancer develops deep in the bone, destroying the bone from the inside out. Contributing factors also include rapid growth in large breed dogs, male dogs are more likely to have osteosarcoma than females, having metallic plates for bone repair, and early spay or neuter. Symptoms include lameness, swelling, and pain.


1. Artemisinin: Give 3-4 hours after dinner. Give with cottage cheese or cream cheese. Dose as 50 mg twice daily for 30 pounds and under, 100 mg twice daily for 30 pounds and over. Give butyrate and vitamin D-3 at the same time you are giving the artemisinin. Continue for 8 weeks and if improvement occurs switch to every other day. Dogs can continue this regiment indefinitely. Supplement with Vitamin C 500 mg and Vitamin E 400 mg once per day.

2. SanSheDan ChuanBeiYe is a Chinese Herbal Remedy given for cough. It contains the ingredients are apricot seed, fritillary bulb (Chuan Bei Mu) and snake bile. This is indicated in bone cancers which are in danger of migrating to the lungs.

Herbal Treatment for cancer pain

1. Turmeric extract: Curcumin is an extract from the turmeric root. Both turmeric and the curcumin extract have anti-inflammatory properties and potent antioxidant properties. Curcumin in particular is credited with anti-cancer properties, including the ability to reduce pain and slow deterioration in the body. It will search for and destroy free radicals in your body that cause pain.

2. Papain: Papain has also been shown to work as a shield against the damaging effects of radiation. Papain is often administered topically but can also be taken as a supplement when it comes to pain management. Gastrointestinal distress can also occur when taken internally.

3. Ginger extract: Ginger extract reduces the nausea and discomfort associated with chemotherapy.

Vitamins and Supplements

Stable Strontium in doses up to 1.7 g/day appears to offer a safe, effective and inexpensive approach to preventing and reversing osteoporosis and may be of benefit in patients with osteoarthritis and cancer with bone metastases. Do not combine with calcium as calcium blocks the strontium from being utilized.

Magnesium: Over 300 different enzymes systems rely upon magnesium to facilitate their catalytic action. Low levels of magnesium have been linked to cancer. Magnesium stabilizes, allowing DNA and RNA transcriptions and repairs.

Omega-3 has been shown to help prevent deterioration of the bones.

Flax Seed Oil and Cottage Cheese Mixture Cottage cheese is rich in sulfur protein and saturated fats and flax which is high in electron-rich unsaturated fatty acids.

Blackstrap molasses is a nutrient rich food. Give two teaspoons morning and night. If stomach upset occurs cut back amount until the dog's system adjusts to it.

Vitamin B12

Maitake, Shiitake, Reishi and Cordyceps mushrooms supplement to strengthen the immune system.

Vitamin C Therapy



1. Arnica Montana is useful when there is a bruised sensation around the cancer area and the dog is restless.

2. Asa foetida is indicated for cancers where there is offensive discharges from the cancerous area. It is useful for cancer of the tibia where there is soreness and the dog cannot tolerate a bandage. Pain is worse after the dog has rested.

3. Aurum metallicum is indicated for cancers of the cranial bones and palate. The dog will have an offensive odor in the area of the cancer and there may be a discharge of small pieces of bone. It is useful for pains in the bones of the extremities.

4. Bryonia alba is indicated when the cancer leads to fractures with stitching pains that are worse with the slightest movement.

5. Calcarea fluorica is indicated for bone cancer where the bone is of a spongy nature

6. Calcarea phosphorica is indicated for cancer which results in bone fractures where there is an irritability at the point of fracture.

7. Carcinosin is indicated where there is a genetic link within families.

8. Eupatorium perfoliatum is indicated for excruciating, aching bone pain that worsens with motion and is often accompanied by stiffness and chills

9. Flouric Acidum is indicated for cancer of the long bones, with thin excoriating discharges relieved by cold applications. It is also indicated for cancers of the temporal bones and mastoid processes. It is an excellent remedy for cancers of the jaw.

10. Hecla lava is indicated in bone cancers where bones become spongy.

11. Mercurius solubilis is indicated for bone cancer where there is swelling and violent pain.

12. Rhus toxicodendron is implied when the dog has problems initiating movement, but feels better and moves easier after beginning to move. May give 30C up to three times daily.

13. Silicea terrais indicated in dogs which are loving and obedient. The area around the tumor will be inflamed, which becomes worse after a chill.

14. Symphytum officinale is indicated for fractures that heal poorly and are accompanied by persistent pain.


Bone Cancer: Chondrosarcoma




Chondrosarcoma is a cartilage tumor. It is not as malignant as Osteosarcoma. This is the second most common bone cancer. It appears on flat bones such as ribs or skull bones, but can occur in the limbs, usually the thigh bone. Symptoms are similar to Osteosarcoma. Surgery is the primary form of treatment. Chemotherapy is ineffective. Recent studies suggest that a specific type of antibiotic, called "fluoroquinolone" may be toxic to the cartilage cancer cells. Further studies are needed to see whether this antibiotic will have a role in treatment of this type of cancer.*

(Alternative Treatments, See Above)


Bone Cancer: Bone Fibrosarcoma




Fibrosarcoma occurs primarily in the jaw bones, facial bones, ribs and vertebrae, but it can occur in the limbs. There are two types of Fibrosarcoma which are central and parosteal. Surgical resection, amputation and limb salvage are the main treatment options.

1. Artemisinin (See Above)

2. Homepathy (See Above)

3. Acupuncture

Bone Cancer: Hemangiosarcoma




Hemangiosarcoma is rare. It occurs mainly in young dogs and presents in the limbs and axial skeleton. There is a high incidence of metastases. Surgical removal of the limbs and chemotherapy with doxorbicin are the accepted treatments.

1. Acupuncture

2. Yunnan Baiyao is a Chinese herbal medication. The exact ingredients are proprietary.

3. Xiao Chai Hu Tang is associated with anti-tumor activity

4. Vitamin A (high dose)

5. Vitamin D (high dose)

Bone Cancer: Multilobular Osteochondrosarcoma



 (For alternative treatments, see Osteosarcoma above)

Bone Cancer: Primary Joint Tumors



 (For alternative treatments, see Osteosarcoma above)

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