People with delicate skin are very sensitive to the action of sun rays and we can observe the same characteristic in white furred animals, particularly in cats. Cats are chilly animals, so they adore staying in the sun. It does not matter how hot it is, and they can sleep and rest for hours under the exposure of the sun rays The problem appears when a cat has white fur. The the most delicate parts of its body are nose and ears, and ears are generally affected first.
The first lesion is represented by an inflammation of the skin which becomes progressively harder and the edges of the ears tend to curl. This can be considered a pre-cancerous lesion. At the next level, which can take some years, the cancerous lesion appears in the form of an ulceration, preferring the edge of the ear. The healing tendency is that of forming a crust; the crust persists for a certain time but when it fall,s the ulceration is larger than the previous one. Another crust will be formed to fall and leave a even wider and deeper ulceration and so on, until a complete destruction of the tissues ensues and, unfortunately, a dissemination of the cancer cells all over the body.
When the crust falls down there is a lot of bleeding also, due to the violent scratching because of the intense itching. A serious anemia may also be the cause of the death. Over many years I have had several completely or predominantly white cats and all of them have developed skin cancer. In one of my very last cases, I succeeded in prolonging life, by using a very high sun protection factor which should be used twice a day to obtain an acceptable result. Aloe gel applied locally can be of great value also. Surgery, if not done properly, can be more dangerous, because of the dissemination of cancer cells.
Pupo is a white cat with some pinky spots. His mother was Philippa, of white coat, who died last year from skin cancer beginning in the ear. Pupo, who loves to stay in the sun even in summer, began to present one skin lesion on the left ear two years ago. In 2003 the left ear presented the classical ulceration followed by the crust and the process of never healing. In a second occurrence the right one also presented the same lesion.
I decided to try to delay as long as possible final exitus, by means of homeopathic therapy. But which one might be the goog remedy? Considering the kind of inflammation and the process of never healing I thought that X-RAY might be the right one. I must say that I always use X-ray for patients following x-ray treatment, in order to avoid ailments from the therapy. It was May 2003 and I only had X-ray 30CH. I put some drops in a glass of water and, after shaking the mixture I put some drops in Pupo’s mouth for a few days and I waited. It took a long time before the crust fell down and, to my great satisfaction, the ulceration was just a little bit smaller. In order to enhance the healing process I also used some aloe gel. Another crust took it’s place and I repeated the remedy for a few days and waited. The right ear lesion, the last one in order of appearance, disappeared quite soon while left ear recovered completely in August 2004; and this is a very dangerous period considering the intensity of the sun.
In July 2005 another cat, Chicco, 14 years old, with white ears, began to present skin inflammation on the edge of the ear. I promptly put him under the same therapy, with immediate recovery.
According to this experience I was in a position to treat two human cases, a peasant presenting a pre-cancerous lesion and a 55 year old woman who was always using a sun lamp after her second laser therapy, because of relapse of the lesion. Of course, she has been strongly advised to avoid sun lamp exposure as well as the sun rays.
I would like to mention that I presented this case in 2005 at the end of the “Three year post-graduate course” in Bologna, at the Koine Sschool of Massimo Mangialavori.