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More on Curcumin and Dog Cancer

In the last post, I introduced curcumin, a useful tool against cancer found in turmeric.

In this post we will look at some of the effects and practicalities in the use of this remarkable substance.

Safety should always be questioned. Curcumin is exceptionally safe when given by mouth.  Read more here.

One of the complaints about it is that it is not absorbed significantly when taken by mouth (passes through in the feces). True statement. But…

Curcumin taken by mouth does have effects in the body after all, in spite of low levels being taken up in the blood.  It was shown in  a human clinical trial that large doses (over 3 grams) decreased the levels of a chemical signal with links to cancer development and progression.

This chemical signal is called prostaglandin E2. This signal was measured in the bloodstream.

This means that actually some of the curcumin taken by mouth does indeed have effects on the body.  Check it out for yourself here.

Curcumin, at least in test tube studies (in vitro), shows a most definite ability to cause cancer cells to end their life cycle.  Another way of saying this is that it is an apoptogen, or something that causes programed, healthy,  end-of-life for cancer cells.

One way that curcumin is able to do this is by injuring the mitochondria, or the energy factories in the cancer cells.  Here is an abstract about that.

Curcumin is able to shut down the activity of one of the central chemical signals involved in cancer development and progression (NFK Beta).  This molecule is perhaps one of the most important molecules in the whole field of cancer.

On top of that, it has effects to slow the growth of blood vessels feeding tumors,  helping to stop cancer expansion.

For more info on these different ways curcumin helps fight cancer, read on here.

In humans, most of the research has focused on intestinal cancers.  The reason is because the stuff, after taken by mouth, goes down into the intestine and contacts the wall of the intestine.

Since these intestinal cancers are less dependant on curcumin getting in the blood to contact the cancer cells, that is where the interest has been.

I believe curcumin has broader application than that. Since we know it has effects outside the intestine, and it is non-toxic,  it should be applied more for dog cancer.

Curcumin does not dissolve well in water.  This is one of the things that limits its absorption.  You can overcome this by mixing it with lecithin and water and making a slurry.  Lecithin is available online. It is very , very gooey, so you add some water to the curcumin-lecithin, about 4 parts water to 1 part lecithin.

You can put some low sodium bullion in it for flavor, or similar agents.

Many of the commercial preparations have bromelain with it, to enhance blood levels.  No problem.

Doses are approximate, and taken from human literature.  For a large dog, use about 2 grams two times a day, as an estimation.

Do not use curcumin with gall stones, stomach ulcers, or within 10 days of surgery.

There is a possibility it should perhaps be avoided with liver problems in some references.  I believe this effect is not likely based on serial blood tests in my hospital with its use, but discuss with your vet, as always.

There is more in how curcumin fits into the full spectrum plan in the downloadable cancer book on http://www.dogcancerblog.com/book

Best to all,

Dr D

About the Author: Demian Dressler, DVM


Dr. Demian Dressler, DVM is known as the "dog cancer vet" and is author of Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog's Life Quality and Longevity. Visit his blog and sign up free to get the latest information about canine cancer. Go to http://www.DogCancerBlog.com.

  • Gita Madhu

    My dog has mammary gland tumour. My question is : do we give the turmeric raw or can it be cooked with the food as we do normally? We are Indians.
    I was briefly giving it to her for the ulceration around the mouth of the burst tumour by boiling it with milk-this is how we do in India for many ailments when we give “haldi” (turmeric)-she likes it well this way but I need some confirmation
    Thanks
    Gita

    • Dr. Dressler

      Gita,
      you will increase the absorption by giving it with milk like you do in India. No wonder!
      D

  • Gita

    Thank you so much as I take it I can give it with a little cow’s milk? Some people say milk is not good for cancer so I am worried. Last few days she is having distress and weak in rear portion-so now I want to begin turmeric in earnest (she is taking budwig diet, 1500 mg Vit C, floressence, aloe vera, coenzyme 10, echinacea and many things… from February when it began she made a lot of progress but last few days some distress-how much turmeric to give per day and how to know when you post an answer ?
    Thank you so much for all the information you are giving to us all

  • Rick

    Dr. Dressler,

    I have a pitbull who has been diagnosed with Lymphoma type B. He has lost a lot of weight, and I am looking for alternatives to chemotherapy. I am currently giving him 1000mg of Pau D’ Arco twice a day, and 50mg of Prednisone once a day. Can I give him Turmeric in addition to the current medicines listed above, and if so, how much can I give him daily?

    Thank you

    Rick

  • http://www.nativevillage.org Gina

    In February, 2009, my 18 pound Shi Tzu was diagnosed with malignant lymphoma that that had metastasized to the bone. After a surgery removed most of the lump, we began metronomic chemo. The dog cancer specialist mentioned that turmeric was showing promise in some studies and suggested we try it.

    Both the specialist and our regular vet gave Tiger 5 months to live.

    A year has gone by. The remaining part of the tumor has actually shrunk, no primary tumor (which the vets expected to pop up) have been found, his blood work and x-rays are all normal. They call him “an amazing success story.”

    Tiger’s regimin is simple: 1600 mg of turmeric and 2000 mg of garlic oil given twice daily with peanut butter, honey, and cheese. HE receives his liquid oral chemo once a day. He has plenty of fresh air, sunshine, exercise, and rest. (The dog has a better life than we do!)

    May I also add that prayers from friends and family far and wide have been a blessing to his health.

    • Dr. Dressler

      Dear Gina,
      That is great news!
      Keep up the good work-
      Best,
      Dr D

  • Carla

    (sorry I posted my comment under the “supplement” blog – THIS is where is should be!)
    Dear Dr. D,
    I was informed by my vet on 2/12 that my 9 year old lab/golden mix “Zoe” most likely has a brain tumor based on the symptoms she’s been displaying this past week (droopy eye, lethargic, circling). It all started with a seizure on 2/7. Up to that point she was a perfectly healthy dog. This has all been happening so fast.

    We are going to meet with a neurologist early next week but in the meantime, I would like to start Zoe on turmeric. Would 1/8 tsp. sprinkled on her food twice a day be sufficient? She is 80 lbs. I’m not sure what grams is converted to tsp. She gets a mixture of canned food & dry food. Perhaps I should mix the turmeric up in her wet food? Would it be readily absorbable this way? And would it be better to use the Curcumin?

    I am also cutting back on her dry food b/c of the high carb content and will probably go off it totally. I need to be very careful with Zoe’s diet b/c she also has IBS. I’m so glad I found your website. I will probably be purchasing your book after I get an official diagnosis. I will do absolutely anything to help my baby girl. I’m not ready to lose her yet!! Thank you very much for your help.

    • Dr. Dressler

      Dear Carla,
      please wait until you know what you are treating before starting on any treatment plan, and please additionally make sure your veterinarian is kept abreast of any interventions since he or she knows your individual dog. This is to keep your plan on the right track…
      Here is a conversion calculator:
      http://www.gourmetsleuth.com/cooking-conversions/gram-conversions.aspx
      However, curcumin is the more desirable source of the active bioflavanoids.
      Curcumin’s bioavailability is enhanced with bromelain as well as lecithin. Commercial preparations contain bromelain and you can mix it with some warmed lecithin available on line. There is more info in the book too.
      here is some more information for you:
      http://www.dogcancerblog.com/homeopathy-for-dog-cancer/
      Best,
      Dr D

      Best,
      Dr D

  • Denise

    My dog has osteosarcoma that has spread. I have been giving him a bit of tumeric once in a while (just the standard spice used for cooking-purchased from Whole Foods). Is this not the right form to be feeding? Is there a special medicinal form that would be more effective in inhibiting tumor growth?

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  • Eileen null Brennan-Porter

    Holly, my 14 year old Australian Shepherd/Scottish Terrier/Lab mix (42-45lbs) has a thickening in her urethra, possible transitional cell carcinoma, but since last September it has gotten only slightly bigger, if at all. This leads the vet to doubt cancer since that form is so aggressive and grows very quickly until the urethra is blocked.

    But we are treating it as though it is cancer with peroxicam. We started Holly on it last Wednesday or Thursday (she was at my brother’s while we were out of town and we picked her up yesterday Saturday May 1). Today (Sunday) Holly seems very lethargic. I had read about the turmeric, and a couple of weeks ago started her on one New Chapter brand 400mg soft gel capsule a day.

    My understanding is that it has the same Cox-2 inhibiting properties as the NSAID Peroxicam, without the Cox-1 inhibiting effects that cause stomach problems. My questions are these:

    Is it alright to give her this along with the Peroxicam? If so am I giving her enough?

    She has always had a sensitive stomach and I fear the Peroxicam is the cause of her apparent discomfort. What about cytotec?

    If I discontinued the peroxicam and increased the turmeric, do you think it would be enough to shrink the growth or inflammation? She also has numerous fatty tumors on her body, I had read it could also help shrink them.

    She has some arthritis and her liver enzymes are also somewhat elevated (started after 6 weeks on doxycycline), so I worry about the peroxicam doing more harm than good.The vet didn’t recommend rimadiyl because of her liver so I give her a glucosomine/MSM/condroitin soft chew for the arthritis. She is a very sweet, sensitive, intelligent soul and we want to do everything we can for her without causing her more harm.

    I appreciate any help you can offer for this beautiful little spirit.

    • Dr. Dressler

      Dear Eileen,
      If you are interested in using supplements with effects like this, you would be well advised to look into Apocaps.
      The problem with the curcumin in turmeric is that very little gets in the body. Hence the bioavailability mechanism in Apocaps. None of us yet have the cure for cancer, but this is a strategy that can help many dog life longer, better lives.
      I hope it helps!
      Best,
      Dr D

  • Sandeep

    Dr Dressler

    What is your take on the application of turmeric based antiseptic and anti-inflamatory cream or ointment on the tumour bearing area ? Typical ingredients of the cream are extract of turmeric ( 16% w/w ) and small amounts of sandalwood oil. Other excipients include Stearic acid ( 15% w/w ) and small amounts of sodium hydroxide, Methyl paraben sodium, propyl paraben sodium ,sorbitol and water q.s as listed on the package. My dog has osteosarcoma of the pelvic bone, Can we apply this ?

    • Dr. Dressler

      Dear Sandeep,
      hm..how far out of the box do you want to go?? The main problem is penetration. I see very little that will get the stuff into the tumor. You would be better served using an oral product with bioavailability enhancer to deliver curcumin (Apocaps) to get the curcumin into the tumor itself. Are you doing this?
      If you are totally desperate, discuss with your vet mixing the cream with a DMSO-containing topical. An old one I recall is Domoso (used for horses usually). This is definitely experimental. You could also mix in some capsaicin cream into the mix (this stuff is from chile peppers and is a pretty good apoptogen). Again, this is experimental, and most definitely get your vet involved.
      I assume you guys are doing your Dog Cancer Diet and the other steps in the Guide?
      Keep in touch,
      Best,
      Dr D

  • Connie Almy

    My rottweiler has been diagnosed with inoperable fibrocarcinoma (Spanish), we live
    in Costa Rica and options are non-existant. I have been dosing my dog with tumeric and adding ground fresh green peppercorns. There are several studies
    showing black peppercorns compliment and add to the absorbsion of the tumeric (curcumin), plus have their own cancer fighting properties. I have been adding
    the fresh green peppercorns because fresh should be better, perhaps having more piperine than the dried. Do you know what amount I should feed a 100 lbs. dog? I’m just guessing. Thanks for any help!!!!!

  • Sandeep

    Dear Dr Dressler,

    Thanks for your inputs. I would have tried but unfortunately my dog Alex passed away on 11th June 2010 at 8.30 p.m. The diagnosis had been late, earlier findings being arthiritis and later on Edema. I had thus changed the vet, only then the correct diagnosis came. I had put him on Arte ( artesunate ) immediately as soon as I came to know of the medicine, as he was past surgery. Dr Singh had very kindly guided me. I was also trying low doses of Noscapine for the past few days. He had become weak and finicky eater as vital time had been lost in the initial stages. He was uncomfortable for the whole day. I thought he had been in pain and gave him meloxicam and called the vet. He suggested Fortwin but before we could administer he began to sink and passed away. A dear friend and angel who will always be missed. I just was able to put myself together so posted. I only wish that some channel is opened by way of which constant flow of info and supplements can be made to some vets here in New Delhi so that we can fight this wicked disease in the future. I would like the subscription to continue so maybe I could guide others. You are doing a wonderful job. Best wishes and good luck

  • Lori

    Hi Dr. Dressler,
    I just stumbled across you while researching Mast Cell tumors in canines. My 8 yr. old chocolate lab “Huey” had a mast cell tumor removed about 2 1/2 mos. ago. His pathology report came back really good w/ clean margins and a score of 2, (bloodwork was also clean), so you can imagine my surprise when we had a new lump checked out (close to the original surgery site) and it was cancerous and also now involves his lymph nodes on one side. He was given 6 mos to live. I just didn’t want to accept that, so was doing some research on my own. Right now he is on prednisone, benadryl and pepcid. The new tumors have actually almost gone completely away and the lymph node feels smaller to me too. Chemo is not an option for us financially. I see you tout turmeric as a hopeful aid in slowing down the tumor growth. Can you tell me if it’s safe to administer with what he’s on currently and if so, what would the dosage be? My vet is not into the whole holistic thing, so I can not seek her out for these questions.
    Hoping to have our beloved Huey Boy around for a while longer!

    Humbly,
    Lori

    • http://DogCancerBlog.com DemianDressler

      Dear Lori,
      good question. The active ingredient you are going for is curcumin in the turmeric. However, the body has some problems getting this cancer fighting supplement into the blood once it is taken by mouth. For this reason I created Apocaps for my patients, which has curcumin. If your dog was my patient, I would use Apocaps. Make sure all of the medical decisions made for Huey are done with a vet’s supervision. Check out this link!! And please get your Guide! It will surprise you how much you can do!
      Best,
      D

  • Eileen Brennan-Porter

    Dear Dr Dressler,

    Don’t know if my recent post went through, but just in case, wanted to write again rather than wait and see–time is precious. I sent a message last May (above), and since then did recently start Holly on Apocaps.

    Her prior elevated liver enzymes were a worry, but the specialty vet finally gave in to my local vet and we started her on Rimadyl beginning of November, hoping it would help both the arthritis symptoms and the inflammation of her urethra. But after over 2 weeks she had no obvious improvement in any of her symptoms and seemed drugged and lethargic.

    so I took her off Rimadyl and put her on Apocaps instead when I read taking both was not advised–but how long do you think it will take before we know if the Apocaps is making a difference (it’s been about a week)? Is Pepcid AC–prescribed along with the Rimadyl– not recommended with Apocaps?

    A recent ultrasound showed that the thickening/mass on her urethra had grow slightly, but the only way to be sure if it’s TCC is to go in and get cells and I don’t want to put her through that at this point–especially if it wouldn’t change anything we’re doing for her.

    I want to do everything I can for her and it’s so hard to know what’s best, especially when she is so reserved and dignified about her undeserved situation.

    We have never used any pesticides or herbicides around her, have always fed her the best food (mostly organic), never left her anywhere for too long, so she didn’t have extended periods of having to hold her pee–all the supposed risk factors of TCC. The only possible link is she might have to that is some possible Scottish Terrier in her lineage (we found her on the side of the road in the Shenandoah Valley).

    We also started her on antibiotics for possible bladder infection based on her symptoms, and her urinalysis showed some crystals in her urine (another indicator of infection), but so far that has not made any obvious difference either.

    Any input you might have would be so appreciated.
    Thanks

    • http://DogCancerBlog.com DemianDressler

      Dear Eileen-
      I usually give up to 3 weeks for the Apocaps. You also might try Metacam or Deramaxx instead of Rimadyl if you are going to use an NSAID. You might want to try a very low dose along with Apocaps but your vet of course must be involved and also must keep an eagle eye on those liver (and kidney and PCV) markers. Have you also started her on the cancer diet (different than a normal maintenance diet) and the supplements and everything in the Guide? I would really get it and read it. It is an easy read and you will get a lot of info, more than I can get to here…
      Best,
      D

  • michella

    My boxer has mass cell 2 cancer how do i give it to her and do you think it whould work on her how much and where do i get it

    • http://DogCancerBlog.com DemianDressler

      Dear Michella,
      So sorry to hear about your Boxer.
      I use this supplement as the curcumin supplement in my patients. Remember to always get veterinary supervision when you are making changes in your dog’s health care plan. I assume also that it will be removed and biopsied? Has that been done already?
      Best,
      Dr D

  • Nancy

    My dog (11 lbs, 9 years male pomeranian) has Oral Melanoma Sarcoma on fourth premolar n the hard palate. It was 1.5 cm when 1st discover, become 3 cm while waiting for the confirmed diagnosed (within 2 wks), now abt 4 cm and also spread sideways.

    1. Question abt Apocaps. I read he summary of your clinical study on Apocaps, the dog with oral melanoma sarcoma did not show any positive effect with Apocaps. Should I try it anyway? Is Apocaps can be grounded to powder and sprinkled it to food? Can apocaps can be use alone or should only work with Krill oil? My dog can only take liquid (I blended his food) and put it on with syringe.

    2. Question abt Turmeric. I started added turmeric on his food (I just gave him too much-almost a teaspoon: but will use less in future). But, do you think I can also dilute the powder in water and swab it directly to his cancer? Will it shrink the cancer faster?

    3. On his histopath report, the pathologist found it difficult to get definitive diagnosis due to the extensive secondary changes in the mass. The main differential diagnosis was amelanotic melanosarcoma. Poorly productive flat bone osteosarcoma is conceivable. But, my oncologist have also suspect that it could be fibrosarcoma. Oh.. it confused me!, So, what in your professional guest is the right treatment for my beloved boy?

    Thanks,
    Nancy – Hayward, CA

  • Sandy

    My golden retriever just turned 8. In July she suddenly became ill. The vet determined she had a large tumor on the spleen that was bleeding. Her condition was complicated by the fact that she has kidney disease. She survived the spleenectomy, but the biopsy report indicated the tumor was cancer. The vet does not recommend chemotherapy because of her kidney condition. I feel helpless against the cancer. Is curcumin safe for dogs with kidney disease? I am going insane trying to find a way to treat the cancer threat. Cancer diets and kidney diets seem to collide.

    Thank you for any advice you can give
    Sandy

    • http://DogCancerBlog.com DemianDressler

      Dear Sandy,
      there is much more that can be done. You are correct in that you need to cut the protein by about half for dogs with kidney disease and also cancer. Yes, curcumin is safe but there are much better supplementation approaches that use the acive ingredient in curcumin (the curcuminoids) as well as other apoptogens. You should check into apoptogens. You should also consider that doxorubicin has minimal kidney effects, and there are still other chemo options. You should however continue to educate yourself on how to minimize chemo risks, as well as on anit-metatstatic supplements, immune support, and life quality steps that can help your dog’s brain chemistry. You can read more about each of these topics in the Guide and for bits and pieces you can review the blog posts here. Use your vet’s guidance, and don’t be afraid to get the info you need!
      Best,
      Dr D

  • Shin

    So your product Apocaps for a 65lb dog would be: 9 capsules daily x 30= 270.
    With 90 caps per bottle I would need 3 bottles per month which would come at a cost of $180 a month total. How many people can afford this??

    Shame that maximum profit is the name of the game in our world.

    • Dr. Demian Dressler

      Dear Shin
      the cost is that way because of the ingredient costs. 2.2 pounds of luteolin costs almost $2000, and the same with apigenin, and these are just two of the ingredients. Sorry. I hear you but we are using costly ingredients that have beneficial effects.
      D

  • LAURIELYNNE

    I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF A DOG DOES NOT YET HAVE CANCER AND IS 11 CAN I GIVE HIM TURMERIC CURCUMIN ON A DAILY BASIS TO PREVENT HIM FROM EVER GETTING THE HORRID DISEASE AND HE IS 60 POUNDS SO HOW MUCH IF CAN BE GIVEN TO HIM SHOULD I GIVE? THANKS ALOT AND FIND A SOLUTION FOR SO MANY DOGS GETTING CANCER. LAURIELYNNE

    • Dr. Demian Dressler

      Dear Larielynne,
      although curcumin has beneficial effects I would hesitate to say it will prevent cancer across the board. The truth is that if it did, we could all just take curcumin and the world would be free of cancer for ever, which is a great thought but does not seem to be happening. It does have some anti-cancer effects in lab animals and in test tubes, and does little harm. The doses are in the Guide, and please consult with your veterinarian on specifics for your dog. Large dogs can take several grams a day, but do check with your vet as curcumin, like anything else, can rarely have side effects. I hope this helps-
      Best,
      Dr D

  • Michael

    Hello,
    I just stumbled on this post. We have a tweleve year old Bernese Mountain dog. She is in very weak condition, down to 60 lbs after 110 lbs about a year and a half ago. She has an exposed tumor on her back side that is oozing and smells. The vet says she is too weak to operate on. Two years ago she had a Mast stage 3 tumor removed from her side. Would turmeric help her at all?

    • Dr. Demian Dressler

      Dear Michael
      is the vet abosolutely certain? Weight loss does not preclude surgery, and it seems his tumor is causing the problem. Also consider Kinavet or palladia (oral chemo) with an oncologist, Apocaps, Neoplasene, the dog cancer diet, benadryl, some antibiotics, and famotidine. Your vet will know about most of these. Curcumin is in Apocaps as well as a host of other beneficial compounds. There is a lot of information on dog cancer supplements in the Guide, for both your and your vet if needed.
      Please keep the vet involved with the decisions.
      All my best
      Dr D

  • nml69@hotmail.com

    My Labrador/mix Dog who is 14 years old was diagnosed 5 months ago with anal cancer ….vet said nothing could be done and gave my dog 3 months to live, i have been using 900milligrams of Turmeric (Super Bio curcumin) since the diagnostic and dog is not only moving better from hip problems but seems to be doing better …noticed dogs health improvement within 14 days since begun use of turmeric many months ago ..Changed vets and new vet is into holistic/vitamin therapy ……Thanks :-)

  • Shelley

    I have a 7 year old Boxer named Pugsley. 2 years ago he was diagnosed with a hemangiosarcoma in his testicles(removed by neutering) and 2 mast cell tumors, type 2 and 3. Type 2 on his ear and type 3 on his hind hock. After much discussion about amputation (the hind leg was inoperable) and chemo (not affordable, very fixed income!) I put him in a trial phase for Paclical Vet/chemotherapy. It was a blind trial and after 3 administrations his liver function deteriorated so treatment was stopped. He ended up not getting the Paclical Vet, but CeeNU. Prior to the beginning of the trial I found your web site and it got me doing a lot of research. I changed his diet from Pedigree dry food to a raw diet, including ground broccoli, celery, parsley (all for the high concentration of flavonoids) and ginger. I added chicken liver and beef heart (trimmed of fat). I make “Pug patties” out of this mixture, hamburger size, and freeze them for a 2 week regimen. Pugsley weighs 104 lbs. (he is a BIG Boxer!) so I feed him 3 patties per day with broth and one raw chicken leg or thigh. He also receives 3 daily doses each of 25 mg. benadryl, 400 mg. cimetidine, 4800 mg. Omega 3 Fish oil and 1000 mg. (1/4 tsp.) turmeric with each “Pug Pattty”. The tumors began shrinking before the Paclical trial was started and have continued shrinking to this day. The one on his ear is almost gone, and after a visit to his vet 2 weeks ago the one on his leg was determined to be scar tissue from a slice biopsy. No indication of any hemangiosarcoma could be found. My vet pronounced him a cancer survivor! All of this has gotten my vet very interested in cancer treatment, including the alternatives. I have referred him to your web site. Thank you for helping us all doc!

  • sadie

    My 12 year old poodle weighs 7 lbs. She has oral melanoma, and I have been treating her with curcumin, beta glucan 1 3/ 1 6, catsclaw, and shark cartilage for about a month now. Recently I read that adding black pepper would help her get theses herbs into her bloodstream better. I just ordered 10 mg black pepper extract tablets. What is your opinion on my treatment, and what dosage/ ratio/ should be given/ how many times a day? Thank you!

    • Pat

      How much curcumin are you giving her? My 21 lb dog also has recurring oral melanoma.

  • Gloria

    What is your feeling about Tumeric raising body temperature ? and is it an issue? The preparation i am using with my dog is with Bromelain and is like 425 mg. How many capsule should I give a 60 lb dog?He had a nerve sheath tumor between his brachial plexus and spine, and had a left foreleg amputation. Also will tumeric thin the blood? I am also giving him an omega three supplement and we cut a toenail too short and he bled profusely. He takes no other meds.

  • Sandy

    My dog has several large lipomas and I’ve been wondering about using turmeric essential oil diluted in a carrier oil, to massage them. Do you know of anyone who has tried this method?

    • Susan Kazara Harper

      Hi Sandy, My first question; are you sure the lumps are lipomas (soft, fatty lumps which are harmless), and have these lumps been aspirated or biopsied by your vet just to make sure they are benign? It’s always a good idea to get this done.

      Following that, there are articles which claim topical application can be beneficial against lipomas, and I can’t confirm that. My caution would be using a turmeric essential oil. Essential oils as a rule should not be taken internally, and our dogs love to lick, especially things on their body. So if you try it, even in a carrier oil such as olive oil you may want to consider using a high-quality turmeric powder mixed in carefully. It will stain, and your dog will want to lick it, so please take precautions.

      • Sandy

        Thank you Susan, that’s very helpful. Yes, they’re definitely lipomas and I’m giving her turmeric extract already which seems to have stopped them growing. I might try a massage with 1% turmeric essential oil on a bump on her shoulder where she can’t reach to lick it.

        • Susan Kazara Harper

          Sounds like a plan Sandy. Good luck.

    • billy Mac

      did you make a topical cream? I’m trying to find out same info

  • Leah Landes-Reynolds

    I have a dog that is approximately 5 years old. Roughly four years ago, he was “diagnosed” with osteosarcoma, although it seemed that most tests came back inconclusive at that time. He was put on a course of Deramaxx and I was told he wouldn’t live much longer than a few months. The mass on his front leg did eventually shrink, but never completely resolved. Given his longevity and through my own online research, I have wondered if he didn’t have osteochondroma or another form of benign tumor instead. It has recently started growing again and has become increasingly painful. He is back on Deramaxx. I am wondering if turmeric wouldn’t be a better alternative for him. Or, is it ok to use turmeric in conjunction with the Deramaxx? He is approximately 70-80 pounds.

  • Susan Kazara Harper

    Hi Anna, This is heartbreaking, and you’re doing everything you can for your boy. Three is so young! Yes,Turmeric has been shown to have very good effects in helping with cancer. Apocaps, the nutraceutical Dr. Dressler formulated has Turmeric as a main ingredient, as well as many other high-quality ingredients which have been shown to help turn hon the process of “apoptosis” (natural cell death) in cancer cells. Please check out http://www.apocaps.com which explains how Apocaps works. They are available from http://www.dogcancershop.com and from Amazon. If you give your boy the best nutrition possible, he will be as strong as possible during this fight. You can download a free Dog Cancer Diet from the main blog page. Just enter your email and you’ll get an instant document giving the best foods to feed, and those not to feed. Our hearts are with you and your boy. All the best.

  • Susan Kazara Harper

    Hi Paul,
    I’m sorry about this diagnosis, any cancer diagnosis is tough, and it’s always worse when it’s our own beautiful dog. There is a good blog to look at
    http://www.dogcancerblog.com/blog/new-approaches-to-squamous-cell-cancer/
    The Dog Cancer Survival Guide book has a great couple of pages on “Questions to Ask Practitioners”, but too long to post here. Basically you want to ask things like “what is the diagnosis”, “What is the grade and/or stage of the cancer” “What are the treatment options” “What are the possible side effects” “what will this mean to my dog with/without treatment” “What do the options cost” “how do I know if my dog is in pain”, etc. You might want to let your vet know you want to investigate complementary treatments to help. Ask if your vet can refer you to anyone. Write down the answers. We wouldn’t recommend homeopathic treatments within a blog, because 1, it’s not our speciality, and 2) homeopathy can be very effective, but it’s very individual to the character of the human or animal who needs the treatment. I don’t know what state you’re in, but you can google “veterinary homeopath” and perhaps find someone in your area. Now please remember, whatever numbers/prognosis you get, remember you dog is not a number. The number quoted are based on median survival times, which means some go a whole lot longer and some of course don’t. But start to write down the questions you already have. You can download The Dog Cancer Diet from the main blog page, so please get good, real nutrition started as soon as possible. There is a lot you can do. Good luck!

  • http://www.facebook.com/MillyNeedsBreastCancerSurgery cynthia

    Thank You for this information!
    In December I took my 9 year old Chihuahua to the vet when I noticed a lump and discharge from her second from the top nipple, she was taken in for an emergency spay and a biopsy and then was diagnosed with Mammary Cancer. Since then I have switched her diet to all raw meat (slightly seared to remove bacteria) and a teaspoon of organic tumeric powder stirred in with either flax oil, or a vitamin E pill. I have just been noticing straw colored discharge that it leaking frequently and am wondering should i leave it alone or try to squeeze it out? sounds gross but i’m worried. I do not have the money for the surgery yet and don’t know what else to do to ease her little soul. I also read Gita’s question and am wondering since i’ve not been giving her milk has it not been being absorbed? and how much tumeric should i give a 9 lb dog on a daily basis?
    Thanks again!

  • adrian blanco

    My dog is currently on kinavet and prednisone. Her oncologist is not familiar with alternative supplements. So my question is, is it safe to give her tumeric along with her diet. I cannot seem to locate a nutritionist near are area. She is about 32-33lbs and has a mass cell tumor on her tail. Thank you

  • Dr. Demian Dressler

    Dear Adrian
    yes, but there are much more effective things to give and effective combinations in the supplement area. You should read the Guide, and learn about effective apoptogens (apocaps, neoplasene, artemisin), proper immune stimulation (beta glucans and others), anti metastatics (modified citrus pectin and more), and so on. I would start researching these.
    Best, Dr D

  • Dr. Demian Dressler

    Dear Cynthia
    the active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin. However, cancers change a lot, so we need what is called multimodal therapy, or using several different things at once to outsmart the mutating cancer as best we can. Apocaps is a combination apoptogen supplement containing not only bioavailable curcumin but also other apoptogens, immune support, anti-neovascularization supplements, and others. You should check with your vet to see if this might be a good option. Here’s the link:www.apocaps.com
    Product facts and FAQ sections will answer most questions.
    Best,
    D

  • Stephanie

    Hi –
    During my dog’s annual, his blood work came back anemic. A subsequent ultrasound confirmed masses on both spleen and liver. Kidney values returned normal and one liver value was slightly elevated (had not changed since last blood panel 6 months ago). He is14 years old and I do not want to put him through chemo or surgery but would like to keep him feeling good as long as possible. I have started him on milk thistle, salmon oil and CAS caps. I would also like to start him on curcumin but not sure since his liver is compromised and also because he is currently on Metacam. Is it ok to give him curcumin? If so, is 2000mg the correct dosage? He’s 60lbs. Thank you!

  • Karla

    I have a 10 year old black lab mix. She has a lump on her right front leg that has doubled it size in the last couple of months. The vet did a biopsy and the result is she has spindle cell sarcoma. The vet said that is very difficult to remove completely so he mentioned that amputation of the leg is what can completely remove this type of localized cancer. I don’t want to do that because her hips & back legs are not strong anymore. My question is if the turmeric actually can stop this tumor from growing or maybe even shrink it & also ease her pain. My dog still plays, eats (she is about 91 pounds) drink water & lives a normal & very happy life! Can turmeric make a difference & stop this nasty thing to spread throught her leg? I appreciate your feedback. My girl means so much to me, she is my baby.

  • Patty

    Hi Dr. Dressler,

    I have an 8 year old Schnauzer mix who was diagnosed with Lymphoma a little over a year ago. He is currently receiving what my vet calls the MOPP protocol, 1.26mg of Mustargen & 0.29mg of Vincristine by IV and pretreated with 9mg Cerenia as well as receiving 10mg of Prednisone, and 20mg Procarbazine daily at home. My vet has said that they now have limited treatment options for Cody. (He has been getting treatments for little over a year now). I am told that continued treatment will be largely based on how he feels at home and on his lymph node progression, which are currently “stable in size with some larger”.
    He is doing well at home and has a great appeitite and attitude.

    I would like to know if adding turmeric to his diet might help in keeping the Lyphoma at bay a little longer (My dog’s diet is completely home made with all organic ingredients), and if it is safe to give with the medications he is currently taking as well as a recommended dosage, or perhaps maybe you would recommend your Apopcaps instead?

    My vet does not seem to be very open to ‘natural remedies’ and although I feel he is an excellent Dr. discussing natural methods with him seems to be moot.

    Your input would be greatly appreciated.

  • Dr. Demian Dressler

    Dear Patty,
    I’d first consult with an integrative vet so you can get a professional communication source:
    http://www.viim.org
    http://viim.org/directory/index.php
    secondly, of course, i prefer the curcumin in apocaps…under veterinary supervision :)
    Best
    Dr D

  • Karla

    Dr. Dressler,

    I submitted my questions a while back, hope you can give me your input. I also just purchased your guide to cancer survival & got apocaps & K-9 immunity. My dog Jordie is a black lab who is about 10 years old. She has a lump on her right front leg that has doubled it size in the last couple of months. The vet did a biopsy and the result is she has spindle cell sarcoma. The vet said that is very difficult to remove completely so he mentioned that amputation of the leg is what can completely remove this type of localized cancer. I don’t want to do that because her hips & back legs are not strong anymore. My question is if the turmeric actually can stop this tumor from growing or maybe even shrink it & also ease her pain. My dog still plays, eats (she is about 91 pounds) drink water & lives a normal & very happy life! Can turmeric make a difference & stop this nasty thing to spread throught her leg? I appreciate your feedback. My girl means so much to me, she is my baby.

  • Patty

    Dr. Dressler,

    Thank you for the informative website. I have purchased the Apocaps and spoke to my Vet and he doesn’t see any reason NOT to give them to him. So I started him on them today, as well as purchased your book, so new recipes are in store. I will also read through the suggested website and see what other options are available.

    Thanks so much!

  • Daniel

    My dog Oscar was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer (an insulinoma) almost two years ago. He is still alive and happy despite having been only given six months to live. I began mixing a teaspoonful of turmeric powder (Swad brand – the best taste in town!) into his canned dog food twice per day. I add some meat to make it more appealing. He seems to dislike the flavor of the spice. Admittedly at this concentration it runs afoul of many palettes. I have since complemented this regimen with capsules of cordyceps mushroom, holy basil, and red clover. I attribute his current status to this regimen though there is a possibility of an original misdiagnosis.