Posted : 3/23/2009 6:20:30 PM
Hi -- I had an English cocker who had cancer -- actually there is a whole LOT you can do, but yes, first do a cancer diet.
Essentially a cancer diet generally has NO grain carbs. Grain carbs feed cancer and help it grow. So you can use veggies (either pureed or cooked and mashed -- which is what I do for MY dogs) and meat. Sweet veg like sweet potato are different than grains -- it's the particular kind of carb that is the problem and grain carbs are the ones that feed cancer.
Orange veggies and cruciates like broccoli are high in anti-oxidants and will help the body fight back.
If you will email me (right across from my name where you see the post you'll see a button "contact" -- click it and choose "email" -- I can't attach anything to a PM and what I'll send you is an attachment) I will send you Dr. Clemmon's cancer diet that he gave me for my cocker.
Also -- the thing you truly might STRONGLY consider is TCVM. Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. If you go to http://www.tcvm.com (it's not letting me "Make" a link for some reason) -- on the left side is a locator that will help you find someone near you who does TCVM.
Acupuncture and Chinese herbals can help enormously in helping cancer not grow -- Back when we had Muffin he had a mast cell right under the prepuce area and they couldn't get enough tissue TO get "clear margins". So we did chemo -- the TCVM even helped with that -- unbelievably lhe didn't have bad side effects or anything.
However -- what I wasn't prepared for was the fact that the TCVM just plain helped the cancer not grow - it was amazing. Between the cancer diet AND the Chinese herbs they really help control mast cell.
Realize -- Stage 3 sounds HORRIBLE. But we ALL have Stage 1 mast cell in our bodies!! YES WE DO!!! At Stage 1 they aren't even cancer. Stage 2 is "beginning" and Stage 3 is more advanced. But it *sounds* like you missed the first two entirely and you didn't.
The Chinese herbs are not nearly as expensive (no testing -- they have a whole different way of treating). Essentially the Chinese word FOR cancer is "stagnant blood" -- so it's their theory that if you keep the blood moving properly thru the body and use acupuncture to help move the energy thru the body (what the Chinese call "chi" -- say cheee) you can help the body help itself.
That and doing a cancer diet can really truly help SO MUCH. I know exactly how blown away you are. And let me say that Muffin did NOT die of cancer. We did do chemo and frankly we did it too long and the chemo damaged his kidneys. We discovered MONTHS later that the tumor we originally found on the prepuce wasn't even the primary tumor (the originating one) -- but rather it was a TOE (yep, his entire toe was a tumor). But all the Chinese herbs, the acupuncture and even the chemo literally almost got rid of all the cancer even in that primary one (when we found it they removed it but frankly could barely even find cancer cells in it at all).
That's when I finally realized that the TCVM had done SO MUCH. Muffin lived over 2 years and 1/2 beyond finding that first tumor and like I said, I lost him to renal failure (which was the fault of the chemo NOT anything else).
Mast cell spread like wildfire otherwise -- so even if you start tomorrow on a cancer diet and then see if you can get her to a TCVM vet to help with herbs and acupuncture it will help a great deal and it's not nearly as expensive as something like chemo or radiation. (and btw -- if this is on Matilda's belly you probablyl can't do radiation anyway -- too many organs exposed)
Email me and I'll help you all I can. In fact, I'll send you my phone number and we can chat if you want. I know EXACTLY how you feel --
Don't know why but this is still my alltime favorite Muffin the Intrepid picture.