I totally appreciate your straightforwardness! I really do. I am sorry about your Golden, it is heartbreaking and terrifying and I would honestly give my life to save him, and sometimes in that desperation one will try anything!! So thank you. I have read and read and read so much about it, I wouldn't want it to have a deleterious effect at all, so I will think twice about it now. My sister has stage 4 breast cancer, this is her 3rd recurrence, and she was encouraged by so many people to try Essiac and thankfully she didn't; it came out shortly after that it can actually increase breast cancer cell growth. Oh my poor special boy. I just wanted something holistic to give him this weekend until we can get back in to the onco. UGH.
Thanks. I was a little afraid to write the post because I felt like I was throwing your hopeful feelings back in your face. I'm glad the post came across in the spirit it was written: an attempt to help from somebody who's been through aggressive lymphoma with a deeply loved dog.
I did see that one study in which Essiac correlated with increased breast cancer growth. I'm not sure it's conclusive that Essiac was the cause of the increased cancer growth, but it certainly undermines the idea that it cures
it. That was the nurse's initial claim: that Essiac tea cured her breast cancer. So it seems to me that the whole thing is based on a false snake oil style claim.
I'm assuming you are waiting for a biopsy to come back from the lab with a conclusive diagnosis? Or are you waiting for the biopsy to be taken in the first place. Just so you know, if you keep him on prednisone for more than a few days, you will reduce the chance that chemo will work, if you end up going that route. I hope your vet has told you this. If not, you need to get to an oncologist, ASAP.
Is there another thread for your boy asking about cancer support and ideas? If not, maybe start one. An unfortunately high number of owners on this forum have been through lymphoma (not sure about thymoma), so there are lots of ideas and experiences out there.