Prostate Cancer (video miniseries)
Most men will get prostate cancer during their life time. That's right, if you live to be 90 years old your risk is 90%! If you live to age 50, 50% will have prostate. However, 98% of prostate cancers do not need treatment because we die with them, not from them! The trick is to tell who is in the 2% that will die from it. With new technologies coming into the mainstream such as 3D-4D sonograms and MRI's with spectroscopy we can identify with a high degree of certainty which ones are serious and in need of treatment.
Once you know you have prostate cancer it is important to grade it to learn how serious it is so you can choose the treatment that is right for you. This is generally done with a biopsy and then considering the options for management, which can range from watchful waiting that includes lifestyle management to a wide range of treatments that can include surgery, hormonal therapies, and chemotherapy. In general, prostate cancers are overdiagnosed and overtreated.
We now know that epigenetics plays a major role in who gets cancer of any type, prostate included. We will review this in detail you you get a good idea of what might be possible and to discuss it with your health care practitioner.
Prostate Cancer Overview
The PSA era is over. Modern research has shown that it leads to overdiagnosis and overtreatment and far too many surgeries, radiation therapy, and hormonal therapy. Prostate cancer is very common, but only about 2% need to be treated. Preventive measures and environmental toxins are reviewed. The relationship of various hormones is discussed.New tools for diagnosis and treatment are offered reviewed. We don't have good tests to assess the extent or even presence of prostate cancer let alone its degree of malignancy. Unfortunately screening and diagnostic testing for prostate cancer is inadequate and creates a lot of fear over having low grade cancers that are not serious. PSA testing should be reserved primarily to follow prostate cancer patients. Specialized testing with MRI, spectroscopy, and sonography is discussed.
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Vitamin D3 Supplementation Treats Prostate Cancer
Patients with low risk prostate cancer uner active surveillance may benefit from vitamin D3 supplementation at 4000 IU per day according to an article in the Journal of Endocrinology Metabolism. In patients with Gleason 6 prostate cancers, those treated with 4000 IU of vitamin D3 for one year, 55% had a decrease in Gleason findings or fewer positive biopsies, 11% were without change, and 34% were somewhat worse. The PSA scores did not change in these patients. Levels of vitamin D less than 20 ng/ml showed a strong correlation with increased risk for death. We know that vitamin D increases differentiation of cancer cells.
Besides treating Gleason 6 prostate cancers with vitamin D, there are other approaches that could be of value, such as an alkaline diet, use of modified citrus pectin, lifestyle strategies, mushrooms, antioxidants, vitamin C and K. There are many articles supporting this approach such as one done by Dean Ornish, MD.
Is Surgery the Best Treatment for Localized Prostate Cancer?
For men with localized prostate cancer, surgery does not save lives and it has a much higher rate of complications such as impotence and incontenance. However, once a man knows he has prostate cancer, he has a powerful drive to get it out even if the data does not support this approach. The word, "cancer" scares us.
We need much better and affordable screening tests so we can identify the three percent of men who will die from localized prostate cancer. Unfortunately, far too many of the 97% who do not benefit from surgery will still have it because of fear.
We now know that the PSA test is good to follow people with prostate cancer, but it often leads to unnecessary treatment. The MRI is too expensive as a screening tool, and 3D-4D sonograms, while much less expensive is helpful to follow people with localized prostate cancer.
Prostate Cancer and Lifestyle
Lifestyle has been shown to be a powerful way to change cancer genes. Dean Ornish did studies that are discussed. Flax seed oil, vitamin D deficiency, and exposure to environmental toxins are also reviewed.
Brisk Walking Helps Prostate Cancer
Men with prostate cancer that is localized to the prostate can improve their outcomes if they walk briskly for at least 3 hours a week. This high-intensity exercise delayed and possibly even prevented the progression of their disease as they were found to have a 57% lower rate of progression of disease than men walking at a slower pace. They also found that brisk exercise lowered the risk of dying from the disease. Previous studies show that vigorous physical exercise reduced the risk of getting prostate cancer.
Exercise Boosts Immunity Against Cancer
Exercising after completing chemotherapy boosts immunity by replacing senescent NK cells with vibrant, healthy NK cells that can fight against the progression of cancer according to an October 2012 article presented at the Integrative Biology of Exercise in October of 2012. This study out of the University of Nebraska studied people who participated in a 12 week exercise program and looked at NK cell activity before and after the 12 week period.
Previous studies have repeatedly shown the exercise can decrease the chance of developing several cancers that include prostate, breast, and colon cancer. It can also improve the prognosis of people with cancer and can decrease the chance of cancer recurrence.
You would think that oncologists would be more interested in promoting lifestyle medicine than chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery because it often works better and is far less toxic.
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