Understanding and Sucessfully Treating Hemangiosarcoma in Dogs

Malignant Hemangiosarcoma is one of the most aggressive types of cancers found in dogs. Remission is rare, but has been achieved by some, (myself included). The key to successfully treating this type of cancer is understanding it’s characteristics and addressing the underlying factors that contribute to its development.

Hemangiosarcoma is a cancer of the blood vessels, which makes it prone to metastasize and spread through the blood stream very easily. Because of this, it’s extremely important to take action immediately once diagnosed. All forms of hemangiosarcoma are potentially fatal but some more serious than others.

Below are the 3 main types of Hemangiosarcoma found in dogs:

Dermal Hemangiosarcoma

Considered the least serious, this is a type of skin cancer is commonly found in areas with little fur or light colored fur and is often associated with sun exposure. Surgical removal of these tumors can alone be a successful treatment if clean margins are obtained. If clean margins are not accomplished and some of the cancerous tissue is missed, then these will most likely return in a relatively short amount of time.

Black Salve (a drawing compound) can also be affective in eliminating these type of tumors often drawing out the cancerous tissue. I’ve had first hand experience with this compound and was amazed with the results. That said, it’s a powerful compound and should be used with caution. Occasionally the cancerous area is larger than expected which can lead to a large area of tissue falling away, which may lead to complications.

Subcutaneous (hypedermal) Hemangiosarcoma

These tumors develop just below the skin, often not affecting the skin itself at all. This type of hemangiosarcoma it more serious and has a higher percentage of metastasis (around 60%). Surgical removal of the tumors can be performed though it is more difficult to determine if all the cancerous tissue is removed.

Visceral Hemangiosarcoma

These types of tumors commonly develop on the heart and spleen. They are generally malignant with a high rate of metastasis. This is the most severe type of hemangiosarcoma and the average prognosis is only 6-9  months, even with some of the best conventional treatments.

Hemangiosarcoma Symptoms in Dogs

Hemangiosarcoma tumors commonly develop in internal organs and give few warning signs or symptoms until serious health conditions arise in that organ. Below are a few of the more common symptoms.

  • Sudden low energy spells
  • Signs of depression
  • Weakness
  • Pale color in gums
  • Seizure

Dermal Hemangiosarcoma can often be seen or felt under the skin.

Black Salve is a powerful drawing compound that can remove Dermal often sub dermal forms of hemangiosarcoma tumors. Caution is advised as it can extract the entire cancerous area at once, and areas of disease can sometimes be much larger than expected.

Dermal Hemangiosarcoma removed
treating Hemangiosarcoma tumors

Conventional Hemangiosarcoma Treatments and it’s Limitations

Conventional medicine has undergone some amazing advancements in recent years, however it does have it’s limitations, especially when it comes to promoting health and treating certain diseases.

Unfortunately most conventional treatments of malignant forms of hemangiosarcoma fail miserably. The common approaches such as chemo, radiation and surgery only deal with the tumor itself and fail to address the underlying issue. The tumor, is in fact the result of an issue, and that issue needs to be addressed in order achieve and maintain remission.

Conventional treatments for hemangiosarcoma commonly involve the surgical removal of the main tumor, then often chemo is administered. This generally only extends the dog’s life a matter of months at the most. As insane as it sound, this expensive and ineffective procedure continues to be the protocol, even though there’s no real chance of remission expected.

It’s important to understand that many conventional treatments do have some undeniable benefits, but to fully realize their potential, they must combined with a holistic approach to promote health as well.

When it comes to malignant forms hemangiosarcoma in dogs however, most conventional treatments offer little hope so other alternative approaches need to be considered.

Successfully Treating Hemangiosarcoma

The body has a remarkable ability to heal itself, and just as the improper diet can cause complications that lead to disease, the right diet with with certain immune boosting herbs and cancer fighting supplements have the ability to help he body heal itself. Holistic practitioners seem to have a little better understanding of this as they tend to address the cancer as well as promoting health by boosting the immune system and addressing the underlying challenges. It’s important to take into account circumstances that are unique to the dog and “treat the patent” as well as address the disease.

There has been some cases where hemangiosarcoma has been slowed of even gone into remission, and in all the cases that I’m aware of, dietary treatment was actually the main component. It’s also important to note that I haven’t come across a success case where the diet was not main component.

Malignant Hemangiosarcoma is serious, however it’s also treatable. I know first hand from my own dog Henry beating the odds with it. You can read a little about Henry’s story here.

Is it a Case of Faulty Genes?

In the vast majority of cases, absolutely not. Some types of cancer are more common it certain breeds and hemangiosarcoma is no different. However, it’s important to understand that predisposed does not mean predetermined! Genetics are a factor, but there are many other factors as well.

For cancer, or any disease to develop, an immune system dysfunction must be present. So by addressing this area, we can greatly reduce illness regardless of what genetic challenges a certain breed has.

All that being said, some breads are more predisposed than others. This simply means that when something is challenging the immune system, the weakest link is where the we find the effects first.

Many dogs have these same “weak links” and go on to live a healthy full life while some unfortunately do not. Genes are merely blueprints, and it’s how well these these blueprints are properly built upon and maintained that makes the difference.

External factors such as dietary complications and toxins are a main factor in affecting the digestive tract and immune system, which are closely linked. This intern allows for the cells to be altered and cancer to develop.


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