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Does New Discovery Mean
For Cancer-Pet Caretakers?
Here's a case where animals have a better chance for taking advantage of a new discovery than humans.
Companion Animal Trials Sought
Animals, on the other hand, are less restricted in this regard. After all, the initial findings on DCA came from curing cancers in rats.
It seems to me that veterinary oncologists could begin using the drug immediately on "terminal" animals. I am trying to spread the word about this among veterinary oncologists, and in fact have made some progress. I hope to succeed in convincing an important animal research organization to begin animal trials on DCA. So far I've made good progress, and hope to be able to make an important announcement in the near future.
Meanwhile, I suggest that owners of cancer dogs and cats bring this matter up with their oncologists. The vets could be given access to the work done with rats at the University of Alberta, and proceed accordingly. It's striking to me how simply the drug was administered -- simply laced in drinking water.
My guess is that DCA will be found to have minimal side effects
in dogs and cats, though one can't be sure until the drug is actually
tried. But one can't help thinking: if rats did so well on this stuff, why
would dogs and cats fare all that differently?.