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Featuring Demian Dressler, DVM and Sue Ettinger, DVM, Dip. ACVIM (Oncology), authors of The Dog Cancer Survival Guide


Anti-oxidants versus Pro-Oxidants

A reader asked an interesting question recently that I thought would make a good post. The question involved the use of antioxidants, either for dogs with cancer or to help prevent cancer. Lets get an overview to clarify this frequently-muddied picture. A free radical is a reactive molecule that tends to damage cell parts.  When…

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Astragalus: Immune Booster and More

I’d like to share some information taken from Traditional Chinese Medicine.  One of the important aspects of full spectrum care to improve cancer outcomes is investigating …  even when investigations lead outside the borders of our country. China has a long, well-developed, complex system of medicine. It is very different from what we are used…

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New Ways To Boost Immunity

I recently received a question about a product called Beres Drops, named after the designer, Joszef Beres.  This is a liquid which is designed to deliver adequate amounts of trace minerals in a favorable form. In a discussion of cancer, the most relevant aspect of these drops are the effects on the immune system. This…

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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…

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Vitamin D and Dog Cancer

Dog lovers will do anything they can to help their dog with a cancer.  And you should! This can be one of the hardest times anyone will face. Many times the effort helps, and other times it may not. This, of course, is not due to any ill intention on the part of the dog’s…

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Apoptosis and Dog Cancer

Apoptosis and Cancer … what’s the connection? Every cancer shares six characteristics — and a LACK of apoptosis is one of those characteristics. Every cancer suppresses apoptosis, which is why boosting apoptosis in cancer cells can help.

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Lipoma and liposarcoma: Fatty tumors in dogs. Black dog laying on floor.

Lipoma and Liposarcoma in the Dog: Fatty Tumors

Is that soft squishy lump on your dog something to worry about? It depends.

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An Antibiotic for Dog Cancer

Antibiotics are normally used to treat infections, but not many know that there are anti-tumor antibiotics. One of the cheapest, safest, and most easily obtained through a vet? Doxycycline.  Now, doxycycline is not a dream antibiotic.  It actually has fairly limited use as an antibiotic.  Some use it for dental infections, but it is most…

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My Dog Has Osteosarcoma: Should I Allow Amputation?

Is amputation a good idea for dogs with osteosarcoma? Dr. Dressler looks at this decision from two perspectives. In this article: life expectancy.

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EGCG and dog cancer: beyond chemo, radiation and surgery

So you feel that there is more than chemotherapy, radiation and surgery for dogs with cancer? So do I, and we are correct! Here’s just one example: EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate). This is a naturally occurring substance found in green tea.   EGCG has several anticancer effects that are very real.  This substance is in trials at…

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Cancer, Immortality, and the BAD protein

How happy would you be if you were immortal?? Many of us have thoughts of death that are associated with fear and dread.  To be gone forever…pretty tough stuff to think about.  Over the years, there have been books and movies about the search for immortality.  One of the common themes is the loneliness that…

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