Cancer Case Studies
Of all of the cases we treat using integrative medicine, none are more rewarding than our patients battling cancer. Most pets with cancer are given a prognosis of another 6-12 months of life by conventional veterinarians. My practice is different:in most cases, these special pets live an additional 6-12 months longer than expected simply by using natural therapies (many cases live over 12 months longer, some live 12-24 months longer, and a few are actually cured of cancers deemed "incurable" by conventional medicine.) This is the reason other veterinarians, even cancer specialists, refer cases for our help.
I'm often asked, "Dr. Shawn, how do you treat cancer and get such wonderful results?" The answer is that I DON'T TREAT CANCER….I treat PETS who have cancer.
and not just the cancer, we often get better than expected results.
Think about this-cancer develops for a specific reason. If we do surgery to cut it out, chemotherapy to poison it out, and radiation to burn it out, but we don't address the reason the pet got the cancer (a poor immune system,) why are we surprised when the cancer quickly returns?! We shouldn't be surprised because all we've done is treat the cancer but ignored the reason for the cancer. If we fail to address the pet's immune system ("why" it got cancer,) then we've changed nothing and the pet is set to get more cancer (and since chemotherapy and radiation both have "more cancer" as side effects from the treatment, you can see why supporting the pet's immune system is so important, especially if these strong therapies are utilized.)
Note: Now we have simple and inexpensive blood testing that helps us diagnose cancer early, before the pet becomes sick with its cancer. These blood tests also reveal high levels of inflammation and low levels of vitamin D, both something that predispose pets to many chronic diseases, especially cancer.
Pets, and their cancers, are unique. No 2 cancers are genetically identical. While results vary with each case, and no guarantees can ever be made, the following 3 cases are representative of our typical cancer patients.
Shrek had been misdiagnosed as having hip dysplasia and arthritis as the cause of his rear-legged lameness when his owner sought my help several months following his misdiagnosis. I radiographed (X-rayed) Shrek and saw the real cause of his lameness:bone cancer (osteosarcoma.) While Shrek also had arthritis of his hips, and needed treatment for this, the main cause of his problem was pain caused by the tumor eating away at his right femur bone. Radiographs of his chest showed no spread of the cancer at the time of his diagnosis, which was encouraging as bone cancer often spreads to the lungs by the time the pet is correctly diagnosed.
I discussed the conventional options with Shrek's owner as I do with all of my cancer patients, letting the owner make the final decision but providing factual information and my best opinion on the likely success of any given therapy. Conventional doctors usually recommend amputating the leg with the tumor; Shrek's owner did not want to do this and due to Shrek's arthritis I agreed with his decision. Radiation therapy can be used in cases where amputation is not done in order to slow down cancer growth and relieve pain. Shrek's owner decided against radiation at this time but did do it later when Shrek's bone tumor began to cause him more discomfort. Chemotherapy is often recommended following amputation but I did not feel if would be helpful for Shrek, and his owner agreed with me.
Note:While many doctors "push" pet owners into chemotherapy and radiation, I believe pet owners need to make that decision themselves. I serve as a source of information and as a guide during the cancer journey. For some pets chemotherapy and radiation are the correct choice, while for others it is the totally wrong choice. Pet owners need to be supported in their decisions during this difficult time and not made to feel stupid, inadequate, or wrong in their decisions. Regardless of their decisions treatment with natural medicines is a very important part of the pet's cancer treatment.
I placed Shrek on an aggressive natural medicine protocol involving a number of supplements, herbs, and homeopathic medicines designed to: slow down the growth of the cancer, slow down the spread of the cancer, boost the immune system, control pain, improve cellular healing, and make Shrek feel better. Some of the natural medicines prescribed included my own therapies I have developed based upon my experience in treating pets with cancer, including Osteosarcoma Formula, Advanced Cancer Support Formula, Healthy Qi, and CI Support. Fatty acids, antioxidants, and a homeopathic detox protocol were also prescribed.
Follow-up visits with Shrek every 3 months showed a stable tumor. Approximately 8 months after initial diagnosis (which was almost 1 year after Shrek's misdiagnosis) his bone tumor showed growth and Shrek experienced more discomfort, so his owner decided upon 3 radiation treatments.
Shrek did well with his radiation treatments and lived another 8 months before being euthanized for an unrelated serious medical problem, even though his cancer was stable at the time.
This was a remarkable case as the life expectancy for pets treated only with radiation therapy AT THE TIME OF DIAGNOSIS is 4-6 months before euthanasia!
Case # 2
Kelsey is a sweet 10 year old spaniel diagnosed during emergency abdominal surgery with a ruptured intestine due to a tumor eating away at the GI tract. Things looked so bad for Kelsey during surgery that the surgeon recommended immediate euthanasia rather than letting Kelsey wake up from the anesthesia, giving her only a 10% chance of surviving a few months if she recovered from the surgery.
Fortunately Kelsey's owners decided against euthanasia and instead sought my advice. I treated Kelsey with an aggressive regimen of detoxification, autosanguis homeopathy, organ support, immune support, GI support, and autologous stem cell therapy.
Kelsey's owners did visit with a local oncologist who recommended chemotherapy as well, but her owners decided against that for now, preferring to save that option for if/when it might be needed.
Every 3 months we see Kelsey for abdominal ultrasounds, general blood testing, and cancer blood testing to monitor her cancer. A few tiny tumors have returned which we surgically removed about 1 year after her diagnosis.
It has now been THREE YEARS since her owners were told to end her life during surgery and Kelsey is doing great!
Case # 3
Sage is a 10 year old golden retriever who was diagnosed by another doctor with a sarcoma cancer of her right elbow. At my initial visit with the owner she stated the other doctor did not want to remove it as Sage was "too old for surgery." Ughhhhh! NO PET is too old for proper medical care. By the time I saw Sage her tumor was too large to totally remove so surgery was no longer an option. Chemotherapy is usually not helpful for most sarcomas and her owner didn't want to use chemo anyway. Radiation can be helpful but Sage's owner wanted to wait on that if possible as she really didn't want to subject Sage to 15 daily anesthetic and radiation procedures.
As with Shrek I put Sage on several of our proprietary natural medicines and added a 10 Mushroom Blend plus a cruciferous vegetable extract. Follow-up with Sage's owner in 3 months showed the tumor had completely disappeared! No other sarcomas have surfaced and we have continued to treat Sage with her natural medicines to keep her immune system vigilant with the hopes of preventing future cancers.
While we can never promise an owner similar results, these 3 cases are typical of the many pets we have treated with a variety of cancers. Early diagnosis, a cooperative patient, and aggressive use of safe natural medicines allow our typical cancer patient to do very well and live longer than is typical for other pets treated only with conventional therapies.