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Drug Used At Tulsa's Camelot Cancer Care Commonly Used On Horses

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Dr. Andy Anderson has experience with DMSO on his own patients, and says in a few situations, it works. But he works with horses. Dr. Andy Anderson has experience with DMSO on his own patients, and says in a few situations, it works. But he works with horses.
The FDA approves of DMSO for humans, only to treat a specific bladder disorder, and says it's not a cure or treatment for cancer. The FDA approves of DMSO for humans, only to treat a specific bladder disorder, and says it's not a cure or treatment for cancer.
Anderson said DMSO instantly penetrates skin and goes right into the bloodstream. The harmless side effect is instant bad breath, but what else it might do is less certain. Anderson said DMSO instantly penetrates skin and goes right into the bloodstream. The harmless side effect is instant bad breath, but what else it might do is less certain.
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The federal complaint against Camelot Cancer Care claims they were using another drug called "DMSO."

DMSO is most commonly used as an industrial solvent in the paper industry. Dimethyl Sulfoxide is also a medication, with FDA approval for one very limited use in humans, and it's not to treat cancer.

Dr. Andy Anderson has experience with DMSO on his own patients, and says in a few situations, it works.

"Over the years, you figure out here's what's it's indicated for, here's what it works for and the rest, no," Anderson said.

4/29/2013 Related Story: Documents Show Undercover Agent Visited Tulsa's Camelot Cancer Care

But Dr. Anderson's practice is limited to horses. He's an equine veterinarian and has occasionally used DMSO as a treatment for swelling, especially on the lower legs of horses, where injuries are often slow to heal.

"It's an FDA approved medication for horses and the indication, the only approved indication, is topical," Anderson said.

But according to federal authorities, Camelot Cancer Care at least advertised they used DMSO as an IV medication on people, in conjunction with other discredited alternative drugs.

The FDA approves of DMSO for humans, only to treat a specific bladder disorder, and says it's not a cure or treatment for cancer.

That doesn't mean it's not available. We found it online with descriptions of how it's supposed to treat all kinds of disorders.

"You have to wonder who thought this kind of stuff up. So, I don't know if it's any more crazy than the other ancillary therapies that have been tried, and are still being tried," Anderson said.

4/24/2013 Related Story: Investigation Into Tulsa Cancer Clinic Over Use Of Medicine Banned By FDA

Anderson said DMSO instantly penetrates skin and goes right into the bloodstream. The harmless side effect is instant bad breath, but what else it might do is less certain.

"No one really knows if it's safe, if it's good for you or bad for you or what, so we recommend that anyone applying it to a horse use gloves," he said.

There are people who use the industrial grade of DMSO on their horses, even though it's not recommended.

Using it on people for cancer is illegal and another avenue of investigation for federal prosecutors.

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