Invasive Transitional Cell Carcinoma (TCC) is the most common form of bladder cancer in dogs. While conventional veterinary treatments are primary, there’s growing interest in complementary approaches, such as traditional Chinese herbs, for additional support.
Understanding TCC in Dogs: TCC affects the bladder lining’s cells, leading to symptoms like frequent, small urinations, blood in urine, and incontinence. This cancer can spread to the abdomen’s lymph nodes, complicating treatment.
The Role of Chinese Herbs: Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) offers various herbs known for their anti-inflammatory, immune-boosting, and anti-tumor properties. These herbs aim to restore balance and strengthen the body’s natural defenses.
Specific Herbs and Their Benefits:
- Astragalus (Huang Qi): Boosts the immune system and is often used in cancer support.
- Bai Hua She She Cao: Known for its potential anti-tumor effects, this herb is used in TCM for various types of cancers.
- San Leng & E Zhu: These herbs are often used together in TCM to break down masses and reduce stagnation, potentially beneficial in tumor cases.
Integrating Traditional Herbs with Conventional Treatments: The integration of TCM herbs with conventional treatments like surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation can be beneficial. These herbs might enhance the effectiveness of conventional treatments and mitigate side effects.
Incorporating TCM into a cancer treatment plan should always be done under the guidance of a qualified veterinary oncologist and a TCM practitioner. It’s a promising approach that could potentially improve quality of life and outcomes in dogs with TCC.