NEOPLASENE AS A
TREATMENT FOR CANCER IN DOGS
am not advocating switching to what many veterinarians would call
if you are having success with allopathic
treatments in fighting cancer, you may wish to
continue with that
course. The decision about treatment must be yours but I would like
share with you my experience with Neoplasene in treating cancer. Stay
with me while
I give you some background.
Jazzie is a female Leonberger, a breed that is very prone to cancer.
Our Health and
Research Committee estimated that 37% of Leos will be
diagnosed with cancer.
We had made the
decision to leave Jazzie intact
for a few reasons, one being that
research indicated early
neuter was linked to fatal forms of cancer, including
hemangiosarcoma, two fatal cancers found with frequency in the
Jazzie was a National Specialty Winner, taking
Best of Opposite
at the 2000 Leonberger
Club of America National
Specialty. Since she was from a
fairly healthy gene pool in Sweden,
hoped to breed her by importing semen from
Norway. For whatever reason,
FedEx lost the
20 pound tank of frozen semen! That
was the end of a
window of opportunity to breed Jazzie
since her next heat cycle would
have put her into the “too old for breeding” category.
Knowing our decision to leave her intact put her at increased risk for
mammary cancer and
pyometra (a treatable but possibly fatal uterine
infection), we watched her closely for
of either disease. It
happened after her heat cycle when she was 9 years old.
“open pyometra,” which is very difficult to miss since the infected
drains lots of fluid.
Our regular vet sent us to VMSG, a surgery and medical specialty
hospital in Oxnard,
California. Jazzie was spayed in early May, 2007 by
a Board Certified Surgeon, Dr. Mary
Dulish. During the spay, a small
anomaly was seen in her intestines. Dr. Dulish called us
and we agreed
to have it removed. It added another $4,000 to our vet bill which is
there was a question that required an answer from us.
Jazzie’s recovery was difficult because we were dealing with both a spay
surgery but the care given to her during her 8 days in
ICU was extraordinary. Just before
we took her home, the lab report
came back from the multiple biopsies including the
The intestinal biopsy showed adenocarcinoma, an aggressive and fast
In a way, it was a miracle that she was intact, that she had pyo and
that she was in the
care of a Board Certified Surgeon. Still, we were
faced with decisions about chemotherapy.
As the Oncologist explained
it, though there were clear margins on either side of the cancer,
penetrated the intestinal wall and most certainly, it would
chemotherapy recommended was new and very toxic. It
was not an easy decision to make
but we chose not to proceed with
putting Jazzie through these treatments since they
did not offer
any guarantee the cancer would be destroyed. Intestinal adenocarcinoma
is very difficult to treat.
While Jazzie slowly recovered, I researched
alternative therapies, not really believing an herb
would be a solution.
I had been feeding organic/raw food so there were no changes made
I read about Neoplasene, though there was little information, perhaps 10
on the Internet.
I had my vet order a jar for Jazzie but
after a few attempts, with her
throwing it up minutes
after eating, I
gave it up. Meanwhile, my own internist
recommended Oncoplex, a
she gives her cancer patients. Oncoplex has
track record in assisting human
cancer patients so Jazzie was started on
Oncoplex, as well as some mushrooms that Memorial
recommends to their patients.
For the next 8 months, Jazzie was doing great, eating well, and walking
at least a mile or
more every day. In January, she began to cough.
Thinking she had somehow come down
with kennel cough, we took her to her
vet who did a chest x-ray and discovered malignant
tumors in each lung.
They were both approximately 3 centimeters. The prognosis for
metastasized adenocarcinoma is completely depressing. The lung cancer
filling the lungs and killing within 3 months. The
radiologist who viewed the x-rays could
not understand why the disease
had not progressed faster and wanted to know what I had
Oncoplex and Elliott’s magic powders!
knew there was no longer any hope of saving Jazzie’s life with these
measures so I
started researching again and read about Neoplasene—it was
my only hope. This time,
were 1,400 articles and postings on the
Internet from people using it and from
with it. There it sat in the cupboard!
Jazzie was started on Neoplasene immediately but we had the same
problem—she threw it
up. Dr. Terrence S. Fox of Buck Mountain Botanicals in
Montana, the developer of this
form of Neoplasene—spent time
with me on the phone and explained the way to resolve
problem. I followed his instructions exactly and it worked—Jazzie did
vomit! Within the
first week, she stopped coughing.
She began Neoplasene in January; it is now the end of March and she was
just x-rayed to
check her progress. She gained 7 pounds bringing her
weight up to 140 pounds and the
cancers have not grown! My vet was
amazed—there should have been new, small tumors
but Jazzie’s tumors have
not grown, she is gaining weight (too much!) and acts like a dog
feels well. The Board Certified Radiologist who comes in weekly to
confirm x-ray readings
said the same thing--there is no sign of growth
of existing tumors and no sign of any new
tumors. She will be 10 years old on April 26 and thanks to
Neoplasene and Dr. Fox, we
will have a real celebration.
know if you found this page, it is probably because your dog/cat has cancer
and you are
as desperate as I was to find some way to gain hope, to save
the life of your pet. For
reason, I ask you to follow the links
here to educate yourself about Neoplasene.
Start at Buck Mountain
Botanicals and print out the information to take to your vet.
program to prevent vomiting is really simple. Here it is:
Neoplasene is an emetic—a substance that will induce vomiting. It must
be given twice a day
with a meal. If your dog is not hungry because
you’ve been giving it treats throughout the day,
it will not eat a
sufficient amount of food to help the body absorb the Neoplasene which
enter the blood stream through digestion. Simply stop all between
meal treats and cut back
to two meals a day.
Reglan is an anti-emetic that worked extremely well for Jazzie. She
received her dose thirty
minutes before feeding. We had to take
her off the Reglan when she began showing signs
of agitation and I
learned the Reglan is not always an ideal drug. We have been
ways to prevent nausea and started Jazzie on Remeron (mirtazapine). Discuss dosage
choice of anti-emetic with your vet. Each animal is
different--what works for Jazzie may
not work for your pet and in some
cases, an anti-emetic may not even be necessary
depending on how well
your pet handles the Neoplasene. Some people using neoplasene
prepping with Pepcid given 20 minutes before feeding. Many people
do not need anything
when they dilute the neoplasene sufficiently.
This becomes a challenge but you must discover
for yourself how best to
deal with it.
Dogs with cancer need to be well nourished, therefore, raw food is not
the best choice.
There have been many discussions but few real
conclusions about the nutritive values of a
raw food diet. I do
not feed raw any longer--I cook for Jazzie. You need the Neoplasene to
become part of the
food so cook up some rice, vegetables and whatever meat you
beef, chicken, turkey—that will be the base for each meal. I barbeque
every 2 weeks
then freeze meal size packets of wild caught fish,
beef, steak, hamburger,
This makes it real easy to have
food on hand.
The dose of Neoplasene varies with each dog; Dr. Fox and your
veterinarian will prescribe the
right dose for your animal. I put Jazzie's
Neoplasene into a tablespoon of water and use a little
spoon size whisk to blend. I add that to her food, stir well. Because it is
bitter, and because
it may cause your dog to turn away, you can use some
of my ideas to camouflage the taste.
Once it’s mixed into her food, I
will often add some pure food on top. I shake some Italian
onto her food or
mash a hard-boiled egg as a topper. I grind organic hot
chicken and beef, using it as a sprinkle. Recently, I began cooking bacon for
the grease and putting a tablespoon of melted grease on her
food. I turn the bacon into
bits and sprinkle that on. I
bacon, both pork and beef from humanely
raised animals so I’m not adding
to her food. The benefits of bacon are
twofold—it’s good for the
coat and it makes them
thirsty so they drink lots of water.
also aids the transport of the Neoplasene.
When she seems reluctant to eat, I will pour in some melted butter.
By now, Jazzie is used to
the smell and the taste and is always hungry when her
food is put down. She never used to
have such a good appetite, being
picky about her food. Perhaps she knows that there
is a life-sustaining
gift in her bowl—my Leonbergers have always grazed on wild herbs that
nutrients they needed. But that’s another story for another
Dr. Fox did not increase her dose after this last set of x-rays because
his goal is to kill the
cancer cells just a little faster than they are
growing. In time, the tumors will begin to
shrink—we will track this
with x-rays every 6 to 8 weeks.
The way that I feed her is really simple and it works. She can have her
after dinner chew or
cookie which feeds her soul but her carefully
crafted diet is what keeps her alive. One
important thing is any and all NSAID’s or anti-inflammatory drugs and supplements will
Neoplasene from working. That includes prednisone, Rimadyl,
Previcox, Metacam--any drug that is designed to block an
inflammatory response. You
can use other
forms of pain
management—talk to your vet. Jazzie receives Tramadol
if she seems to be stiff or in any way uncomfortable.
The only side effect I have noticed from the Neoplasene is Jazzie seems
to feel an internal
heat and will spend more time outside on the grass.
I had read someplace that the process
of apoptosis which is how
Neoplasene works, heats up the cancer cells to destroy them.
have started a Neoplasene Yahoo Group so we can exchange
information and perhaps,
give Dr. Fox a break from the hundreds of phone
calls he gets, all asking the same questions!
You can sign up to
join the group at:
Meanwhile, I have put
together an in-depth diet sheet.
Click here for that information.
You are not alone in dealing with cancer—we are all working together.
Your dog needs the
support of a team that communicates and listens, so
if you do contact Dr. Fox, please listen
to what he is telling you—he is
the expert on Neoplasene and he will work in concert with
veterinarian. He can put you in touch with a holistic vet in your
area if your veterinarian
will not agree to this unique treatment. I'm
sure you've discovered that the Internet is not a
safe place for anyone
who is desperate to spare the life of their pet. This is not a time to
on your own; work with the experts--your veterinarian
and Dr. Fox.
After 3 months on neoplasene, we went through a 2 week period when
developed diarrhea and refused food. She began to lose weight
which is the worst
for a cancer patient, but
we could not
get her back on the neoplasene.
She had developed a serious
aversion to the odor
and/or taste. Finally, we took her
off the neo and began using a combination of other alternative
therapies included Artemesinin, Artesunate, Artemix,
Avemar, melatonin and a
complete homeopathy program set-up by Dr.
Jazzie did extremely well on the alternative therapies, living 16 months
day the oncologist claimed she would die. We lost the battle on October
but not necessarily to the cancer. She died from pneumonia which I
because we were too successful in killing cancer cells. With lung
tumors, there is an
infinitely fine line between killing cancer cells safely and progressing
so fast that
the lungs become overwhelmed with dead cancer cell debris. There
is no way to
know how well the therapies are working, so with any internal cancer, please take