Incurable to Cancer-Free in One Year: How Nate-the-Cat Survived High Grade Lymphoma

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Handsome Nate

Like so many cancer stories, this not a simple one.

It involves conventional treatments that don’t work out, but it ends with natural treatments and a happy cat!

This story is a big deal to me because I lost a cat to high-grade (large cell) intestinal lymphoma. While low-grade lymphoma is more treatable, cats are not known to survive high-grade lymphoma. Even with intense chemotherapy, the best we were told to hope for was 6 – 9 months.

So I always have my ears open for helpful cat cancer healing stories. When I heard that a woman in Illinois named Connie Fischbein had a story to share (complete with pictures of the oncology scans), I set up an interview as fast as I could.

I was stunned to learn that her cat had survived high-grade intestinal and kidney lymphoma. I could hardly wait to hear how her 7 year-old Maine Coone, Nate, pulled this off!

Note: All the resources that worked for Connie’s cat are listed at the end of this (long!) article.

How it starts

LIZ: First of all, I want to know all about Nate’s initial diagnosis.

CONNIE: It was in the small intestine…he had been vomiting and losing weight and I had been going back and forth to the vet…I was leaving for work one morning and he hid under a chair, something he would never do unless there is something really, really wrong. I ran him up to the emergency clinic… he had an ultrasound. There was a tumor in his small intestine…it was removed surgically, they tissue typed it and gave me some options for chemo…  We started him on the treatment that I thought would be least stressful for him….Lomustine [oral chemo].

LIZ: What did they do with the surgery?

CONNIE: They basically removed the tumor [it was blocking his digestion]. And resected the bowel.

LIZ:  And what happened after that?

CONNIE: Within a couple of days he was pretty much eating his regular diet…And then 10 days later I brought him in to get his stitches out and that was when they started the oral chemo.

LIZ: I don’t think I was given surgery as an option. I don’t remember that ever coming up.

CONNIE: Well this was a single tumor. I know there are some forms of lymphoma where it’s more diffuse and it’s not that easy to remove surgically.

LIZ: The word “diffuse” does sound familiar. Maybe that’s what it was. So then Nate started the Lomustine. And what was that like?

CONNIE: He would get the dose once a month and he seemed to tolerate it fairly well, but after a couple weeks he would start having really bad diarrhea, which we would treat with metronidazole…

Connie begins researching alternatives

“After his first Lomustine dose I started looking online for alternative therapies in case the chemo didn’t work…I spent hours just searching, trying to find [good] products.

I found a cancer support product called ES Clear…it’s supposed to help with side effects from chemo. At work there’s a database I can use where I can look up interactions of some natural medicines and conventional medicines…and I didn’t see anything that was going to be a significant interaction.

I talked to the oncologist and he was fine with it too… With the ES Clear, Nate really seemed to perk up and had less diarrhea and less lethargy after his chemo doses.

I saw a vet online recommending a product from a company called Vitality Science. I talked to LeLa and to Steven Becker there. The whole approach was the opposite of the approach that conventional chemotherapy is about. Conventional chemo is all about suppressing the immune system and killing everything basically. Cancer cells metabolize faster so they absorb these toxins more readily, but pretty much every organ system is affected. But the alternative approach is to boost the immune system, give the animal a chance to heal itself.

I thought, “maybe this is plan B, because I’m kind of committed right now to the chemotherapy.” The approaches seemed to contradict each other. I couldn’t get my head around doing both at same time. They said you could, but I wasn’t convinced, so I decided to make it plan B.”

The cancer comes back after surgery and oral chemo

CONNIE: Nate did well for 5 rounds of oral Lomustine. He had his last dose at the beginning of May 2012. But at the end of that month we had a routine scan and unfortunately it had come back in his kidney. It was like a small 1.5 cm tumor at that point.

LIZ: How many months was he on the Lomustine?

CONNIE: Five. He was diagnosed early January and it came back at the end of May.

LIZ:  It was the same high grade, large cell lymphoma – but this time in the kidney?

CONNIE: Right. And so we tried Elspar, which is specific for lymphoma. But the cancer was resistant. It just kept growing. So the week after that we tried [another drug] I wasn’t thrilled about. Heavy duty chemo. It was given by IV and made him sick…He wouldn’t eat from his food dish and became lethargic. His white blood cell count dropped and he was placed on prednisone and antibiotics.

Heavy duty chemo doesn’t work for Nate

“So we were just watching his white blood cell count every week. About 2 or 3 weeks later it came up enough but the tumor…didn’t shrink.

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Kidney is hidden behind tumor

And then it started growing again so we tried one last resort called Palladia. ….But after 2 or 3 doses of that oral medication, he was vomiting and then he stopped eating.

He was kind of saying ‘I won’t do this anymore.’

Switched to 100% alternative therapies

“I talked to the oncologist and said, ‘I can’t do this anymore to him. I’ll just try to make him as comfortable as I can. And I think I’m going to try these other herbal products.’

Since he wasn’t eating, I ordered a product (Feline Granular) that you mix into his food, which he absolutely loved, and it got him eating again. He was still taking ES Clear.

I also added another product Tripsy, which is for kidney support. I figured, even though he still had normal kidney function and all his labs were normal, he might need help excreting the metabolites of these products. I started him on Tripsy and the Vitality Science Advanced Immune Restoration Protocol [for cat cancer]. So I started these about a week after this last Palladia [chemo] dose.”


“About three weeks later we took him into the vet for a scan and surprisingly it has shrunk over 30% and he was…almost strangely energetic. I thought there was something wrong with him. I was like, “What’s going on? He’s acting weird.” It turns out this tumor is shrinking.

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Tumor (in cross hairs) has shrunk over 30%

I brought him back three weeks later and it had shrunk another 30%. Both the oncologist and I had been skeptical before starting these alternative therapies. The oncologist was very surprised by the results and I was kicking myself that I hadn’t tried them earlier along with chemo.

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Tumor 30% smaller again, kidney now visible

The second time it shrank he called me into the consulting room, closed the door and said, ‘OK, what exactly are you giving him?’

I told him about all the products…he said, ‘Well, just keep doing this. He’s moving in the right direction. We’ll see what happens.”

I brought Nate back a couple months later and the tumor was still shrinking. Not quite at the same rate, but it was still moving in the right direction and then I think his third scan was in October 2012.

Then I brought him in January this year for another scan and it was completely gone. Normal kidney.”

LIZ: Wow.

CONNIE: Yeah. He gained weight… and he had another scan at the end of February…The scan was clean everywhere. His gut and his kidney and all of that. His recent scan [May 1st] was also completely clean.

LIZ: I’m blown away that even though Nate went through some really intense chemo his body was able to get rid of the cancer when you stopped – even though chemo breeds stronger cancer cells.

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Happy Nate

CONNIE: He wasn’t quite 7 years old when he was diagnosed…he had that going for him… And I think I got lucky with finding Vitality Science. I think those products probably made the biggest difference…there are ingredients that specifically have anti-cancer properties. And immune boosting properties.  I think that was the big gun. Although it’s hard to say because there are no controlled studies.

LIZ: The tumor shrinkage you saw in late July – the doctor did not think it was from the earlier chemo, correct?

CONNIE: Correct, he had a scan after the chemo; it was still growing, not shrinking.  …In fact, Nate’s oncologist was very excited about what happened with these herbals, so he now recommends it to his clients who don’t respond to conventional chemo.

Important Note: Only after a number of clean scans did Connie begin to taper down the alternative therapy doses that Nate was taking. I learned the hard way that this is essential. With cancer treatment, especially after chemo has been used, the strongest tiny cancer cells are the ones that survive, so if they start growing again they can come back with an unstoppable vengeance. For this reason, I would continue periodic cancer scans and have my cat on a maintenance dose of an alternative therapy for the rest of his or her life.

The resources that worked for Connie

Connie used a number of supplements – “the kitchen sink” – as she joked, so it’s hard to be sure which ones made all the difference. But, she suspects the Advanced Immune Restoration Protocol Cat Cancer Support and Tripsy may have been most essential to Nate’s healing.

Nate’s anti-cancer supplementation

Vitality Science Advanced Immune Restoration Protocol – Cat Cancer Support – An anti-cancer combination of enzymes, probiotics, green algae, and essential nutrients for immune system; herbal anti-inflammatory and anti-parasitic; fish oil, krill oil, Astaxanthin (extracted from Haematococcus Pluvialis microalgae), and natural vitamin E.

Nate’s immune, nutrition, and kidney support supplements

Pet Wellbeing Nu-Pet Feline Granular with Antioxidant– for appetite & nutrients

NHV ES Clear – for cancer support and immune strengthening (contains ingredients of Essiac tea, a reputed anti-cancer formula)

NHV Tripsy – for kidney, renal and urinary disorders in cats

(The last two products were originally available through Pet Wellbeing, but they have sense reformulated them, so now you can get the original formula Connie used only through NHV.)

Nate’s treatment for chemo-related diarrhea

Pet Flora – When Nate stopped responding to the metronidazole for his chemo-related diarrhea, Connie tried this special soil-based probiotic, which cleared up his diarrhea in 24 hours.

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112 Responses to Incurable to Cancer-Free in One Year: How Nate-the-Cat Survived High Grade Lymphoma

  1. Carolyn October 23, 2014 at 2:29 am #

    A few days ago, I found out my 13 year old rescue kitty, Belle has a walnut size tumor in her intestine. She quit eating, became very skinny and had diarrhea. My neighbor/vet recommended saving money from costly surgeries & chemo and instead try Gerber baby food… Chicken, beef, turkey, etc… only meats. Belle is now eating the baby food and has normal stool. After reading this thread, I am going to add the natural remedies advice today!!

  2. VeggieNut August 25, 2014 at 5:05 pm #

    Update for Mandi, 16 year old cat with oral cancer.
    It’s now been ten months since the cancer was found and it’s been 4 months since I’ve been treating Mandi here at home using alternative holistic methods. She remains stable but not cured.
    Currently, I’m using the molasses baking soda cancer cure plus a triple standardized blend of Maitake, Reishi, and Shiitake mushrooms and Maitake d-fraction standardized.
    I don’t use the Artemisinin very much as it is also an appetite suppressant. She needs good nutrition in this battle with cancer and she doesn’t need to lose any weight at her skinny size. However, I keep Artemisinin on hand and use it occasionally as it has the ability to shrink tumors.

    • Kelli Wagner October 22, 2014 at 9:35 am #

      Could you please tell me how to mix and administer these? Thank you, Kelli Wagner

      • VeggieNut October 22, 2014 at 1:18 pm #

        The recipe I found online is:
        Three parts molasses
        One part baking soda (NOT baking powder as that contains aluminum)
        Place in a saucepan and heat on low for about five minutes, stirring briskly. Let cool and store in fridge. This mixture will be thick and gooey. I can then take out what I need of this and dilute it down with water so that it is easy to swallow. I give this with a syringe. How much and how often I give this varies. I’ve not found much online as to any exact dosage and what I have found has all applied to people. For people, I’ve read everything up to 16 teaspoons a day for extreme cases and only given at this high dosage rate for a few days. I’ve about decided that a cancer treatment plan is best designed for each individual but without overdosing. I have read online that vomiting/diarrhea could be a sign of giving too much and if this happens, decrease it. When I first started giving this several months ago, my kitty Mandi did develop diarrhea. I was taking it to the limit out of desperation because the prescription meds didn’t seem to be working anymore. I backed off the dose some and no more problem.

  3. nene August 19, 2014 at 8:06 am #

    Thank you so much for this article. I am currently waiting on test results for my one year old cat, Scooter, and have been a wreck until now. This is my first time dealing with all of this, but now I have hope and am going to fight his cancer (if it comes back as so).

  4. Erika August 5, 2014 at 7:04 pm #

    this article has given me hope. my 14 yr old torti has just been diagnosed with likely lymphoma. we met with the oncologist and needless to say, I left with my head spinning. We don’t have a definitive diagnosis yet and they are trying to avoid a biopsy. They found cells in her blood and the ultra sound last week showed signs in her intestines. Right now they are trying to determine whether it is large cell or small cell and that determines what type of chemo she will need. I am hesitent to do the chemo bc we have children, another cat and a dog and I don’t know if I want to bring that in our home. I also don’t know if I want to put her through that torture. As I type this, she is sitting in my lap purring away and no one would know there was anything wrong with her. They did do another blood test which the doc is hopeful will help make a determination and then we can make the decision as to chemo or not. I live in NY and found a nutritionist in the city who works with many cancer patients and helps them live longer than expected. We are starting with four different supplements that aid in boosting her immune system and building her body up to fight the cancer. Once we make a determination as to chemo or not then we will adjust the supplements as well. This cat and her sister have been with me pre-husband, kids and dog and I want to do what is right for her but 14 does feel “young”. I hope we can fight this and get her another couple of years.

    If you have any information on what the risk factors are for having chemo in the home, pls share. Thanks. Erika

    • tess328 September 2, 2014 at 1:58 pm #

      I gave two of my cats chemo at home. The first was Sid, with intestinal lymphoma. I gave him leukeran, and had to use gloves to handle the pill. The second was my cat Button, who has been receiving chemo treatments for nodule lymphoma (bumps under the skin) at Blue Pearl in Brooklyn, NY. One of the treatments I gave her myself at home. There were two pills and I gave one one day, skipped a day then gave the second pill. I forget the name of that drug. As with leukeran, I had to wear gloves to hold the pill. They also recommend cleaning the litter box with gloves for a couple of days. I don’t believe the leukeran helped Sid, he never did go into remission, kept losing weight. Button was in remission for about 6 months, then had a relapse. She got elspar at the hospital, and was well for another 5 weeks, then had another relapse. At the moment I’m trying to see if I could save her life once more. I’m looking into this site to see about ordering holistic anti-cancer and immune system support.

    • Stephanie October 14, 2014 at 1:36 pm #


      What did you decide to do? What was your diagnosis and how did you treat it? Hope you are well.

  5. Maii July 30, 2014 at 3:03 am #

    This story has really given me hope, last month i took my cat Bob to the vet, he wasn’t eating properly and seem to be in discomfort. the vet checked him over thoroughly, he was in pain whenever he applied pressure to his tummy/sides, and he had a high temperature, vet gave him a pain relief shot and some antibiotics and sent us home with Amoxicillin, within a couple of days he was fine, within a week we noticed his kidneys were swollen ( we didn’t know then that it was his kidneys) back to the vets we went. This time she suggested a blood test, we agreed, it showed he had FIV, and she wanted to perform an ultrasound to check his kidneys properly, again we agreed. Friday came and Bob wasn’t eating again, he had lost a lot of weight too, off he went to the Vets again for his ultrasound, the vet then suggested he stay on a drip and we agreed, On Friday evening they called to let us know that the ultrasound went OK, they weren’t very pleased with the size of his kidneys so they performed a biopsy and wanted him to stay the weekend on a drip, they then informed us that it would either be an infection brought on by the FIV or they could be cancerous. By Saturday evening Bob had started eating again and on Sunday morning he was allowed home :) I was fairly surprised when i saw him, apart from having a very bad haircut he was fine ! eating, drinking, jumping on things, grooming himself and so happy to be home.
    Our joy was short lived though, on Monday we received the news that Bob has a fast spreading Lymphoma in his Kidneys, we were offered Steroids which in turn will damage his kidneys further and 2 weekly checks to monitor him and told that maybe another vet would offer him chemo.
    At the moment he’s fine, not showing any signs of illness and is still himself, but i realize this could change at any moments so i started researching and found loads of things that could potentially help, read loads on Cottage cheese and Flaxseed Oil, tried to give it to him yesterday but he refused, even in a syringe.
    Can anybody offer any help or advice please, i’m not ready to give up on my fur baby
    He only eats cat food and refuses anything else, if i put anything in his food he wont eat it, he even refuses cod liver oil. i don’t know what to do …. please
    If i give him the same combination as Connie how would i give it to him ?
    Any advice is appreciated guys please :(

    • VeggieNut July 30, 2014 at 6:21 am #

      My 16 year old kitty has oral squamous cell carcinoma and I’m no longer using conventional medicine. So far, so good!
      What I’ve used:
      1) The molasses/baking soda cancer cure
      2) Artemisinin
      3) Shiitake, Maitake, Reishi Triple Mushroom Blend, standardized

      I’m planning on adding Maitake d-fraction to the mushroom blend.

      It can be hard to get anything down a cat, but I manage.

      • Maii July 31, 2014 at 1:53 am #

        That’s great news :)

        may i ask what treatment your cat was receiving before and how you are currently administering these to kitty ?

        Thanks !

        • VeggieNut July 31, 2014 at 8:13 am #

          My vet started off with Clindamycin and later on Prednisone was used as well.
          The way I give what I’m using can vary. At first, I dissolved the artemisinin in water and used a syringe to give it. This was challenging to do as the artemisinin is quite bitter. Since my kitty can swallow better now and the capsule is pretty small, I currently just give her the capsule. The artemisinin dose for cats is 50 mg/twice a day and not all suppliers offer this size. Since I got the 100 mg size, I had to divide the dose. To do this, I pull the capsule apart being careful not to spill the powder inside. I divide the powder between the two halves of the capsule as evenly as I can and then plug the ends with a little cheese. I can prepare several capsules at a time for convenience and then store them in the icebox. This also makes the cheese plugs very firm so the powder won’t spill out when it’s being given. Since the absorbability of artemisinin decreases with time, it needs to be given in an “on” and “off” schedule. There doesn’t seem to be a set schedule as to how many days to give this before taking a break as it varies among people who use this for their pets.
          All the other capsules/pills I’m giving are too large to expect her to swallow, so I dissolve the contents of the capsule usually in water and then use a syringe to give it to her with. I currently rotate what I use but that is subject to change as I’m learning as I go. Right now, I’m just giving her Artemisinin twice a day, and when I break from this, I’ll switch back to the others. One advantage of rotating what is given is that it keeps the cat from being so overwhelmed by having to take multiple doses of medicine throughout the day. It can get to where the cat just hates to see you coming. My biggest challenge can be just catching the kitty, but at least she feels good enough now to put up a fuss. Cats are so much harder to work with than dogs! Some extra things I use are CoQ10, Astaxanthin, a children’s multi-vitamin, Rehmannia Eight (for kidney support), MSM, etc. These extras can vary.
          If you search the internet, you can find a lot of info about the different ways to treat cancer. The majority of what I found was for people and I found that it helps to look up each ingredient individually to see if it’s safe for cats and what, if any, are the possible side effects for cats. If needed, be sure to scale down the dose to kitty size. It’s good to take notes or else print off a copy if you have a printer. I was actually quite surprised that any of this worked, but I had nothing to lose by trying.
          If you scroll down a little, you can read a more detailed report of what I’ve tried. It’s been a real learning experience. I feel like a college kid again cramming for finals!

    • Liz-cat July 31, 2014 at 8:16 am #

      I know, getting a sick cat to ingest a medicinal is often the biggest challenge. The first thing I always try is “hiding” it in his absolute favorite food or treat. Even tuna, when desperate. If that doesn’t work try introducing just a hint of it on the side of his meal plate so he begins to trust the smell. Slowly introducing it this way over a few days until it’s mixed in little by little. Takes patience. Don’t be hard on yourself if nothing you try works to get him to eat it. It’s not your fault. Then there’s mixing the medicinal with a little something tasty and squirting it in the *side* of his mouth with those plastic feeder squirters from vets. Not easy with some cats but it works with others.

  6. Rachel July 24, 2014 at 1:55 pm #

    Thanks for posting this Liz! My cat was diagnosed with lymphoma about a year and a half ago. I decided not to go the chemo route so she is being treated by a homeopathic vet. I also have changed her to a primarily raw diet and she gets a few nutritional supplements. But over the past few months her belly is bulging out on both sides. The homeopathic vet doesn’t seem too concerned but it concerns me. I just happened upon your blog today and I decided to order the Vitality Science cat cancer protocol…I’m praying it helps her! Thanks again for your helpful site! Rachel

    • Stephanie October 12, 2014 at 5:39 am #

      Hi Rachel,
      What type of lymphoma did your cat have and what holistic treatments did you try? Any detailed info would help as I try to make decisions. Thank you-

      • Rachel October 13, 2014 at 9:27 pm #

        Hi Stephanie, I never had the “mass” in my cats chest tested to see what type of lymphoma it was. I heard recently that there is the type of lymphoma that you can feel swollen lymphs but another type is just internal. I’m not sure if that’s true. My cat does not have swollen lymphs that you can feel (as per Dr’s exam the other month). She just has odd symptoms. I believe homeopathy has helped her over the years, as has adding a raw diet, and vitamins/supplements that strengthen the immune system. It’s been 2 years and I’m still adjusting her diet, taking away supps that don’t seem to work much/adding in new supps i’m just learning about. I have been giving her Vitality Science Celloquent since March and it seems that really helps her to be less reclusive and more alert, I started giving her curcumin (i hear organic turmeric is best), virgin coconut oil, just ordered Krill oil, probiotics, and she takes a few other supplements. Most of which I also take so even tho it’s pricey to order them we both benefit! I’d be glad to go into more detail via email if your interested….too much to share on here. I would recommend you scrutinize the ingredients in your kitty’s food to start All the best to you and your cat.

        • Stephanie October 14, 2014 at 1:32 pm #

          Thank you from r the reply. What is your email address?

          • Rachel October 19, 2014 at 8:17 pm #

            Hi Stephanie, my email is [editor: removed for privacy].

  7. Liz-cat July 8, 2014 at 10:53 pm #

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  8. Danielle July 8, 2014 at 12:52 pm #

    Hi Julie,

    I’m unfortunately no stranger to this horrible disease. If you read my previous postings, my cat Stabler died of small cell lymphoma last November. It’s kind of a progressive disease which starts as IBD, then morphs into small cell, then large cell lymphoma. It attacks all of the vital organs surrounding the intestines…the pancreas, kidneys, etc.

    Unfortunately you’re in the most critical phase and I would consider the steroid and chemo, along with the holistic approach.

    If I had a do-over, I would’ve kept Stabler on chemo and added all the products that Connie used. The holistic products are mainly for restoration of those organs and to help alleviate the side effects of chemo….the runs, vomiting, decreased appetite, etc.

    Vets are quick to prescribe a cocktail of meds, including the steroid, chemo, appetite stimulants, anti-nausea, probiotics…and they’re all attacking the liver, kidneys, etc. The holistic drugs will replace the anti-nausea, probiotics, and appetite stimulants (because let’s face it, your cat will gain his appetite when he doesn’t feel like he’s gonna throw up).

    Make sure to get regular blood tests to make sure he doesn’t become anemic as a result of the chemo (what happened to my kitty). And adjust chemo accordingly. But don’t take him off the chemo unless you absolutely think it’s no longer working.

    With Stabler, I noticed that everything….chemo, pro-biotics, appetite stimulants, etc. stopped working as well. I made the bold move to take her off all the garbage, except the steroid. And I got my hopes up because for three weeks she responded beautifully. She even gained a little weight and started waking me up in the morning for food. But suddenly she took a bad turn and just could no longer hold anything down. The very day I was going to put her down, she died right by my side.

    Long-winded answer. Every cat responds differently to different treatments. But at this point, your cat’s large cell carries a prognosis of only about two to three months WITH TREATMENT….so you’re going to need to be aggressive. You’re in my prayers and I wish you luck. Please keep us up to date.

    • Cindy Thornton July 8, 2014 at 8:51 pm #

      Julie, don’t despair. There is a possibility you have found your kitty’s s lymphoma at an early stage. That may bode well for his prognosis if you can get treatment for him soon. Some cats with large cell lymphoma survive for a year or more with treatment. You have taken a good first step with the natural products you have purchased. You could consider visiting an oncologist to inform yourself concerning chemotherapy possibilities. Just because you discuss options with the oncologist doesn’t mean you need to follow through with them. But you may have peace of mind knowing you considered all options. The important thing is to see that your cat is not in any pain or discomfort. I wish you the best.

  9. Julie July 8, 2014 at 12:24 pm #


    My 12-year-old kitty started losing his appetite 3 weeks ago. After going to the vet, and then a specialist, I learned yesterday that my cat has large-cell intestinal lymphoma. I ordered all the products outlined in Connie and Nate’s story last week and started using them yesterday when they arrived. So far his appetite is slowly coming back. I know it will take time to see what happens. The vet wants me to visit an oncologist but I’m worried she will confuse my head and try to make me feel like the holistic approach will harm him. They really want me to put him on the steroid Prednisone. Has anyone had experiences with Prednisone and have any insight to offer? Also, I would love to hear an update from Connie and Nate! Their story is giving me hope. My kitty is a Maine Coone too. Thanks.

    • VeggieNut July 8, 2014 at 4:14 pm #

      My vet prescribed Prednisone for my now 16 year old kitty with oral squamous cell carcinoma. Prednisone is a steroid and it shrinks tumors. Although it is tolerated better in cats than in people or dogs, it’s not without side effects. But, when life expectancy is not very long, the side effects become less of an issue and quality of life becomes the priority. The Prednisone plus the Clindamycin prescribed by my vet did produce results, but alas, they were very short lived. The drooling and other symptoms of this type of cancer quickly returned when the meds ran out. I’ve now had my kitty on holistic alone for over two months now. The drooling is gone, the lying in her sick bed all day is gone, the working her tongue around in her mouth when she tries to eat is gone, the turning away from her food and not eating at all is gone and the inflammation is greatly subdued. Is the cancer gone? No, not yet and maybe never. There is some inflammation in the very back of her mouth on one side at this time, but it’s not like the mass of red open sores she did have that filled that side of her mouth. I’m hoping this will diminish but it may progress. Time will tell. This is the longest she’s ever gone without all the intense symptoms returning necessitating yet another round of Prednisone/Clindamycin that only work for a short time. It’s now been over eight months since she was diagnosed and considering that the life expectancy for this type of cancer is less than one year after diagnosis, she’s doing pretty good for an old kitty. I think that cancer is very individual and it can vary a lot in regards as to how the patient responds to treatment. I have read that holistic medicine combined with conventional treatment may produce the best results.
      Good luck and hang in there!

    • Liz-cat July 8, 2014 at 10:51 pm #

      Julie, Nate is still going. Connie may be in touch with you. The answer is never simple. I hope you’ll read my earlier long comment in this thread.
      Also — a woman named Cindy replied to you too but it appeared under another comment. Here’s what she said: “Julie, don’t despair. There is a possibility you have found your kitty’s s lymphoma at an early stage. That may bode well for his prognosis if you can get treatment for him soon. Some cats with large cell lymphoma survive for a year or more with treatment. You have taken a good first step with the natural products you have purchased. You could consider visiting an oncologist to inform yourself concerning chemotherapy possibilities. Just because you discuss options with the oncologist doesn’t mean you need to follow through with them. But you may have peace of mind knowing you considered all options. The important thing is to see that your cat is not in any pain or discomfort. I wish you the best.”

    • Liz-cat July 8, 2014 at 10:58 pm #

      One more thing for you Julie (and any other cat lovers struggling with the options right now) – my notes and thoughts, from someone who has been there-

    • Rachel July 24, 2014 at 2:03 pm #

      Hi Julie, when my cat was diagnosed with lymphoma a year and a half ago the vets put her on Prednisolone which was NOT a good option. She gained tons of weight, was eating constantly and VERY lethargic…she’d just sit and stare at the wall and wasn’t acting like herself. I didn’t have peace about keeping her on it so once I started working with the homeopathic vet he helped me wean her off of it. Apparently it doesn’t work long term anyway and it can be damaging to other areas. I hope your kitty is doing ok…i see it’s been a few weeks since your post. Connie and Nate’s story is very encouraging…I’m believing for the same positive outcome. All the best to you and your cat!

      • Chere Garcia from South Africa July 25, 2014 at 6:27 am #

        I must say, I always look forward to any small successes we experience. Everytime I see a new comment I hope to see something positive. Its been a month short of a year since Storms diagnosis with gastrointestinal lyphoma. She suffered very much with chemo and lost most of her hair around her neck and on her head!! After her biopsy is when she lost her appitite and she now lives on diet of treat and a bit of hills ID gastrointestinal which is mostly junk food on the treat department-which I ‘taint’ with the products Connie mentioned. Mostly the superfood and the milk thistle. She is doing well, he hair is back after we stopped chemo recently but I dread her ever suffering any other tumour or any cancer related. She was lethargic until we stopped the chemo, and now I’m sooo happy to say she is a little sprightly and even a little naughty and even vicious when she is jealous of the other cats. I believe that the herbal products especially after my read up of Krill oil will help and I just want to wish everyone and their furry companions the best of luck and all the best, please let everyone know the updates your progress. How is Nate Connie?? How long has it been? What is he on these days? How much does he weigh?

    • Stephanie October 12, 2014 at 5:45 am #

      Hi Julie,
      I am in a similar position and wondering if you have found any help in the supplements or if you opted for Chemo or both. Currently, we are trying prednisolone but need to consider a next plan. I hope that you are well.

      • Stephanie October 12, 2014 at 5:52 am #

        I am sorry to read about Spice. I lost a soul cat in February and had him for about the same amount of years. I will never be the same and feel for your loss. I wasn’t expecting to have to be dealing with it again with my other long time soul companion with the biggest, loving and healing heart.

  10. MelMuff May 11, 2014 at 11:13 pm #

    Oops! Correction: I meant to say that lymphoma is internal, not internet. I would also like to add that the 3 cats who died from lymphoma were not related and none had FLV.

  11. VeggieNut May 11, 2014 at 10:29 pm #

    My now 16 year old kitty has been fighting advanced Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma since Oct. 2013. She has had several rounds of Clindamycin and also Prednisone which can help buy some time, but they do not heal the problem.
    I felt like I was on the Titanic and the ship was sinking fast! Conventional medicine had nothing more to offer. I researched the Internet and I am now using the molasses/baking soda cancer cure plus some added supplements.
    Out of desperation, I started her on this somewhat dubious treatment of molasses and baking soda at the end of March, 2014. A few days later on April 2, 2014 when I saw no improvement in the ulceration, I took her to the vet for a Prednisone injection to help shrink the tumor. I checked her mouth again on April 11th and saw no improvement in the ulceration although it didn’t appear to be any worse either. So, I went to the vet office that afternoon and picked up some Clindamycin and started giving it that day, April 11th. I checked her mouth a few days later and saw significant improvement in the ulceration and attributed it to the Clindamycin. At this time she was still taking the molasses/baking soda treatment but I decided to give her a temporary break and discontinued it. I finished out the Clindamycin on April 21st and when I checked her mouth, it was to my surprise ulcerated again! The only change that had been made was discontinuing the molasses/baking soda cancer cure. I immediately started her back on it since I felt I had no more options left. Two weeks later when I checked her mouth again, I was pleasantly surprised to see no red inflamed tissue! Her mouth appeared to be healing. I continued on with the molasses/baking soda cancer cure and when I checked her mouth a few days later, there was now smooth skin where the ulceration had been! The next mouth check revealed that even more healing had taken place. The ulcerated area was returning to a healthy looking pink with no swelling or signs of ulceration. The improvement didn’t stop with her mouth either. She has put on a little weight and acts like she feels good again. She eats good and doesn’t work her tongue around in her mouth like it hurts her to eat. I’ve seen the light of life return to her eyes and she no longer looks like a cat that is slowly dying. I know that this is way too early to say all is well, but it sure does look good right now. I only hope it lasts.
    I did add some supplements to go along with the molasses/baking soda cancer cure. I give her a children’s multi-vit, CoQ10, Astaxanthin, B 50 complex, MSM, fish oil, turmeric, & Grape Seed extract. I usually mix the supplements in with the dose of molasses/baking soda. One last thing I sometimes include is a little Acti-flex 4000. The Acti-flex contains anti-inflammatories, collagen and bioperine which is a bioavailability enhancer. I sometimes vary what supplements I mix in and I’ve also had to adjust the amounts of everything I give down to skinny kitty size.
    When she was being treated exclusively with the prescription drugs from the vet, I never saw this kind of improvement and these drugs also have the potential to produce serious side effects. I only wish that I had found this treatment earlier in the game.

    • MelMuff May 11, 2014 at 11:21 pm #

      VeggieNut, my cat Muffin had that same kind of cancer but in her ear instead back in 1998. Unfortunately it was fatal for her and too late to do anything to help her but the vet did try and experimental treatment on her with a Chinese mushroom called Shiitake Mushroom. It did shrink the cancer and extended her life by 4 or 5 months but the cancer was too far gone to cure her and it came back. So maybe try to inquire about this because it did work for awhile. Good lucky and hope your kitty survives.

      • VeggieNut May 12, 2014 at 10:36 am #

        Thanks for the info about using Shiitake Mushrooms. I will add this to my arsenal of natural treatment options for my kitty Mandi. I think it’s highly probable that it is more effective to combine more than one treatment if they don’t conflict with one another. For example, I wouldn’t use another alkalizing treatment with the molasses/baking soda since too much alkalization could be harmful. So far, I’ve added in supplements that I hope will work together in healing her. This is all new territory for me as this is my first experience with oral mouth carcinoma and I hope it’s my last!
        I found the molasses/baking soda cancer cure recipe on the internet and it is at least claimed to be effective in stopping cancer for people even those with late stage cancer that has spread. I couldn’t find anyone who had tried it on cats but the principle of how it works should be the same. Just scale down the dosage to fit a cat. Since Mandi has been on this treatment, she’s doing best that she’s ever done.
        There are natural, alternative treatments for many things but it can be hard to find out about them. The world of the internet has now changed this. I have a 10 1/2 year old dog who had a bladder stone around 7 years ago that was surgically removed. The vet wanted to put her on a prescription diet that would cost eighty dollars a bag! I didn’t have the internet then, but I had Dr. Pitcairn’s book on natural pet care. I give her Vit C, 500 mg twice a day, and although my vet said it wouldn’t work, there’s been no more bladders stones or related problems. I also use an herbal formula for my older lab for spay incontinence instead of Proin and my eleven year old German Shepherd with severe arthritis is now walking again using non-prescription methods. I control my long term type 2 diabetes drug free. The internet has placed a wealth of knowledge in the area of alternative medicine literally at our fingertips..

      • VeggieNut June 13, 2014 at 1:16 pm #

        MelMuff, thanks for the advice about using mushrooms. I just got some Triple Mushroom Standardized Complex which contains Shiitake, Maitake and Reishi mushrooms which are all known cancer fighters and can be used together. Although these three mushrooms can be purchased already blended together in a product that’s made just for pets, I opted for a blend made for people. Since the human grade blend is standardized, I’m hoping that it’s more potent. Also, a few weeks ago I added Artemisinin (wormwood) which is supposed to help shrink tumors. Since Artemisinin needs to be given on an “on” and “off” schedule, I may rotate what I give her and maybe by rotating some things, I can maintain better effectiveness.This is all new to me! I’m playing it by ear and learning as I go. I’ve spent endless hours searching the internet for info and trying to learn from what other pet owners have done. I know that at my kitty’s age of 16 years and the type of cancer she has, I don’t expect to have a lot of time left even under ideal conditions. As of now, I don’t see signs that the tumor is enlarging but there is a little redness with some ulceration way in the back of her mouth. This could be from the Prednisone injection having completely worn off or it may be that the cancer is becoming more resistant to treatment. What I don’t like about using Prednisone is that when given long term in cats, it can adversely affect the adrenal glands. So, I’m trying to avoid going back to Prednisone if possible or at least avoid using it as often. I’m hoping the triple complex mushroom supplement will help. Currently one of my biggest problems is that my kitty avoids me since from her point of view, it seems like I’m always putting something down her that doesn’t taste good. Just catching her to give out supplements has become a real challenge! At least she’s now feeling strong enough to put up a fuss and that’s an improvement in itself. Mandi and I began this journey back in October of 2013 and I will remain with her as her devoted comrade the whole way. Now and forever!

    • Dominic Saraceno October 21, 2014 at 5:55 pm #

      Can you please tell me how to prepare the molasses/baking soda mix? Or is this something you buy pre-mixed.

      • VeggieNut October 21, 2014 at 7:31 pm #

        Hi Dominic,
        The recipe that I use I found online and here it is:
        Three parts molasses to one part Baking Soda (do NOT use baking powder as it contains aluminum)
        Mix this in a saucepan and heat on low for about five minutes,stirring briskly. Allow to cool and store in the fridge.

        This mixture will be thick and gooey when it cools especially after its been in the fridge for a while. I call this mixture my concentrate as it’s so thick. When I give this to my kitty, I take out the amount I need and then dilute it with water to a consistency that will be easy for her to swallow. I give it with a syringe and I give it slowly, a little at a time to help her swallow it. I also often mix in Astaxanthin, a flavored chewable vitamin and CoQ10. I usually give this a taste test before I give it. There are different recipes that I found later on. One of them uses a ratio of 1 to 1 and some versions of this recipe do not heat it. I just use the one that seems to be the most common one that I saw.
        I’m not really sure what the dosage is supposed to be for cats. I’ve had to learn as I go, but for humans, I’ve read five to seven teaspoons a day although I’ve read even higher dosages on other websites. You can find a lot of info about this cancer treatment online.
        It has now been one year since this cancer was discovered and I still have my kitty! . Considering the aggressive nature of this type of caner, this is pretty remarkable.
        Things may get worse before it starts getting any better, but hang in there.

        • Liz-cat October 22, 2014 at 9:25 am #

          Viv, thank you soooo much for sharing all this with us and congratulations at how well your kitty is doing!!! Can you say how often you give her the baking soda mixture – has it been several times per day all these months, or…?

          • VeggieNut October 22, 2014 at 12:57 pm #

            My dosing schedule for Mandi varies. After I first started the molasses baking soda cancer cure in April 2014 and she began feeling better, how many doses I gave sometimes depended on how many times a day I could catch her! I was so glad that she felt good enough to fuss with me. Up until this time, Mandi mostly laid on her sick bed all day looking like a cat that was slowly dying. I was so happy to see her enjoy living again! However, since the abscess was found and subsequently treated several weeks ago, she’s not been up to playing chase with me. Since right now I don’t have to chase her down, I’m able to give this to her several times a day and she’s begun to perk up some. I’m fighting this cancer as hard as I know how as the Vet was not at all hopeful when I took her to have the abscess treated. I’m currently giving molasses/baking soda out several times a day, even into the night and how many times varies. However, before I got to this point, I gave this to her one to four times a day and the mushroom blend supplement once or twice a day. Artemisinin is something I use sparingly as it just doesn’t agree with her. I wish I could find an alternative to it. The concentration and ratio of the molasses/baking soda can vary some too. The last batch I made up, I increased the baking soda just a little and I also added a bit of water to the mix when I was heating it up so that it wouldn’t be so thick and hard to work with. Mostly, it’s been play it by ear!
            The only Vet treatment Mandi has had since April 2014, was when I took her to have the abscess treated on Oct. 1, 2014. Other than that, I’ve exclusively used alternative methods of treatment since her last round of meds from the Vet ended in April. I’ve not cured her, but she has been more stable and stability improves quality of life. Most of what I give her can be given daily which keeps it working for her. The “on” and “off” schedule that she was on with the prescription meds only produced results when it was being given and unfortunately, when the meds wore off, the ulceration returned big time necessitating yet another round of meds. I felt like a yo-yo. Unfortunately, this type of cancer is very aggressive and conventional medicine has little to offer unless the cancer is found very early. I think that in cases like this, holistic/natural medicine can be the best choice when it maintains quality of life better.
            I call myself VeggieNut because I’m a vegetarian and I just love it!

        • Dominic Saraceno October 22, 2014 at 5:21 pm #

          Thank you so much for the reply. The doctors don’t give us much hope and we are desperate. What dosage do you give your cat. Also, do you recommend giving him anything in addition to the baking soda?

          • VeggieNut October 22, 2014 at 6:09 pm #

            I do not know the dosage for cats. All I’ve found is the dosage for people and even that has a very wide range. I’ve read everything starting at one teaspoon and going up to sixteen teaspoons a day in extreme cases but a dosage this high is limited to just a few days. I’ve just eyeballed it. I don’t even measure it.
            I also give a triple mushroom blend of Shiitake, Maitake, Reisha standardized and Maitake d-fraction standardized that I get from Swanson Vitamins. Mushrooms help boost the immune system so that it will kill cancer cells better. I’ve tried Artemisinin, but it doesn’t seem to agree with my kitty. Artemisinin has a lot of positive reviews and I wish that it worked for me. The dosage for that is fifty mg. twice a day given with breaks after so many days as this improves its absorption. The number of days you give it as well as the number of off days vary quite a bit. Artemisinin reportedly shrinks tumors. Artemisinin is attracted to iron and because of that, it seeks out the higher iron content cancer cells and targets them leaving the lower iron normal cells alone. After it gains entry into the cancer cells, it destroys them. There’s a lot of info online about Artemisinin and other natural cancer treatments. You might come up with something better than I have. It’s been a learn as I go experience for me I often add CoQ10 and Astaxanthin which I usually get from Swanson Vitamins, Puritan’s Pride or Piping Rock. I try to hit the sales. Unless I get a really good online sale for Astaxanthin, I just pick this up at Walmart.
            This cancer is discouraging. The survival rate is poor especially when it’s not caught very early. I know I’m on borrowed time with my kitty, but at age 16 years Mandi has had a full life. No matter how long we have our pets, it never long enough.

          • VeggieNut October 22, 2014 at 9:44 pm #

            Dominic, I just thought of something that might help you. Back in the early days when Mandi’s cancer was first discovered and the ulceration was bad, I gave her powdered KMR Milk Replacement. Although this is usually used for orphan kittens, it can also be used for distressed adult cats. Mandi would lap this up when she would turn away from solid food due to the ulceration in her mouth that could really flare up bad in between rounds of prescription meds.
            Now, I mix up egg yolk milk. I use 3/4 cup of lactose free whole milk, 1/4 cup evaporated milk and two egg yolks (no whites). I think that using entirely lactose free milk would be good, but since Mandi likes evaporated milk, I add some in. Mandi likes the egg yolk milk much better than the KMR and it’s a lot cheaper too. The other kitties also like it. This seems to help Mandi keep her weight up better as she has been on the thin side.
            Another thing I do is to prepare home cooked food for her. I get fresh chicken, usually chicken thighs, and steam them with some added water to make broth. I remove the skin before I cooking. I cook them slow so they’ll be so tender I can mash the chicken up using just my fingers. I feed this to Mandi with some chicken broth poured over it and she just laps it up.
            Soft scrambled eggs is another food that is easy for a cancer mouth cat to eat. I spread the soft scrambled eggs out thinly in a saucer and she can just about lap them up. She eats more of my home cooking now than commercial cat food. Of course, the other kitties get their share too!
            I almost forgot to mention the raw beefsteak. I buy a roast, the leanest one I can find, and I cut it up in chunks and freeze it. Then I take out a chunk at a time and dice it up into little bits for the kitties. Mandi likes this too.

  12. MelMuff May 11, 2014 at 9:24 pm #

    Had 3 cats in the past year die from lymphoma cancer. It was found too late and had to euthanize them right away. Also weird to lose 3 cats to the same type of cancer. 2 cats were 15 and the other was only 11. But some good news. One of my cats developed cancer in his ear back in August 2012. One of our dogs can detect external cancers by licking the infected area, which he did. Unfortunately lymphoma is internet so he couldn’t detect that but every time he licks a spot, it’s always been cancer. Anyway, I brought my cat to the vet right away and had a test done to see if there was cancer but it came back negative. I guess it was too early to detect it. My cat’s ear got more infected and started bleeding. After 6 months, he got an infection from his ear and stopped eating and became lethargic. I brought him to the vet and after cleaning out his ear, they discovered a tumour and now the tests showed that it was cancer so the dog was right the whole time. It had something to do with the cartilage and luckily it was a slow growing cancer. I really didn’t want to lose my baby as we have a very special connection. I was also eating a Chinese restaurant around the same time he had his surgery and the fortune said, “The physician heals, nature makes well.” I nearly freaked out when I read it. So the tumour was removed the next month and I was told that they couldn’t get it all because it was already at the bone but luckily not infused with the bone. The month after that, he went through chemo for 4 months and tolerated it very good. He barely had any side effects. His activity level was normal. The only side effect he had was vomiting once or twice a month. The vet also removed his entire ear cancel but left the ear flap. Because of it, he developed Horner’s syndrome so he ca no longer close his right eye and needs eye drops for the rest of his life but luckily he can still close his inner eye lid. Other side effects he was suppose to have were tilting his head and walking around in circles, which never happened. A year later, the vet said he is in remission and he just recently celebrated his 16th birthday. I check his ear daily and it looks okay so I guess it was caught just in the nick of time. I’m so glad he had that infection. Today my cat Snuggles is living a normal happy life. He eats like a pig, had a nice soft smooth glossy coat of fur, is very affectionate like sitting on my shoulder like a parrot, still plays like a kitten and is filled with lots of energy. I’m happy to share his success story. :)

  13. Christina April 14, 2014 at 4:37 pm #

    About 4 months ago, Cellie had to have all her teeth on the right side of her mouth removed. Then, last week, she started drooling and drinking lots of water and her breath smelled really bad. The vet gave her antibiotics. We took her back in today and the vet said that the antibiotics didn’t work and that my cat most likely has cancer. She told me that she could refer to me to an oncologist, but that cats rarely survive cancer of the mouth and that treatment would set me back about three grand and probably wouldn’t even work anyway.. Has anyone experienced something similar? Any suggestions? She’s my best friend and I will do anything to save her!

    • Liz-cat April 14, 2014 at 5:21 pm #

      Christina, I’m so sorry to hear that news. I can’t think of any specific mouth cancer cases off the top of my head, but I would get a 2nd opinion. We don’t even really know for sure if it’s cancer. You also might consider getting expert input by phone:

    • Amanda May 6, 2014 at 7:04 pm #

      I’m so sorry to hear that i just had the same situation happen to me 3 months ago. We had all my cats teeth removed and spent almost 2000 in vet bills for them to say 3 months later that she was cancer in the mouth and there is no long term fix. We did get a biopsy done proving it was Squamous cell carcinoma. My vet said they could possibly remove and replace the jaw which would be very painful and might not even work. I have ordered the ES Clear and Vitality Science, even though I’m still waiting for vitality science. My vet just said to keep my cat happy until shes in pain and no longer can eat. I also was giving prednisone to help with the side affect of cancer mainly for the fact that the cancer for inflammation since his cancer is pushing on my cats left eye. I hope you all the best if anything that i try improves his condition i will let you know

  14. Chere March 29, 2014 at 2:37 am #

    So sorry to hear that Julie. R.I.P Spice. I hope all the happy memories override the sorrow of your loss.

  15. Julie March 29, 2014 at 1:25 am #

    I was devastated to be told earlier this week that my beloved Spice had carcinoma of the lung, with one lung already partially collapsed. Nothing could be done. We needed to euthanise him that day. He hadn’t been eating much, if at all, for a couple of days and started retching – I though it was a hair ball but sadly it was the acculmuation of ugly shaped cells in his chest cavity. I needed to know how to deal with the death of my beloved feline so after some research, I bought Soul Comfort for Cat Lovers. I’m on page 15; I’ve had to take it slow as my loss is so raw.
    RIP Spice my forever feline friend – age 17.5 years

  16. Julie March 29, 2014 at 1:23 am #

    I was devastated to be told earlier this week that my beloved Spice had carcinoma of the lung, with one lung already partially collapsed. Nothing could be done. We needed to euthanise him that day. He hadn’t been eating much, if at all, for a couple of days and started retching – I though it was a hair ball but sadly it was the acculmuation of ugly shaped cells in his chest cavity. I needed to know how to deal with the death of my beloved feline so after some research, I bought Soul Comfort for Cat Lovers. I’m on page 15; I’ve had to take it slow as my loss is so raw.
    RIP Spice my forever feline friend – age 17.5 years


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