Histiocytomas and Histiocytic sarcoma - McDowell's Herbal Treatments


Histiocytomas (benign tumor)

Histiocytomas are common benign (noncancerous) tumors that occur in dogs younger than 3 years old. They are usually solitary (single lesions) but multiple histiocytomas can occur in some pets,especially shar-pei dogs. Solitary histiocytomas can under spontaneous disappear within 6 weeks and multiple histiocytomas within 10 months.

Histiocytic sarcoma (malignant tumor)

Histiocytic sarcomas are malignant (cancerous) soft tissue sarcomas that arise from histiocytic cells (eg macrophages and dendritic cells) which are a part of the immune system. There are two types of histiocytic sarcomas cells: localized and disseminated. The symptoms of histiocytic sarcoma will vary depending on the tumor's location, but nonspecific symptoms such as lethargy, weakness, lack of appetite, and weight loss are common. Histiocytic sarcomas are malignant tumors typically involve the lymph nodes, bone marrow, lungs, spleen, and liver. They tend to occur more frequently in Bernese mountain dogs, rottweilers, golden retrievers, Labrador retrievers, and flat-coated retrievers. Unlike dogs with localized histiocytic sarcomas, disseminated sarcoma can cause symptoms which will depend on the affected organ systems. Anemia (deficiency of red blood cells), thrombocytopenia (low platelet count) and leukocytosis (high white blood cell count) are relatively common.


Localized histiocytic sarcoma
Localized histiocytic sarcomas are locally aggressive and have a moderate-to-high risk to metastasize to distant organs, usually the regional lymph nodes, lungs, spleen, liver, and kidneys. Malignant histiocytic sarcomas tend to occur in flat-coated retriever, rotttweiler, golden retriever, and Labrador retriever, and usually affect middle-aged to older dogs. This type of tumor is usually present as a single mass on the skin or under the skin of the pet's limbs but other locations have been reported such as the spleen, lung and periarticular tissue.I prepare a specific herbal Histiocytic Sarcoma support mixture of concentrated extracts of: Wormwood, Bladderack, Elecampane, Dandelion, Parsley, Rosehips, Violet Leaves, Yarrow and Equisetum along with appropriate Bach Flower Remedies.

This mix is given in conjunction with my Super Antioxidant-Maritime Pine Bark Antioxidant to support the health of the body systems & organs effected by this disease.The Cancer support can be used in conjunction with other alternative medicines also, or with orthodox medical treatments.The important distinction between my herbal treatment and orthodox medicine is that I am aiming to support the immune system & address the underlying processes which allowed the cancer to develop in the first place. This is distinct from the aim of removing, or otherwise destroying cancerous cells directly once the process of cancer has begun. It is imperative that pets with cancer are provided with pain medication to relieve discomfort caused by the disease.

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