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Prostate Cancer Treatment
Prostate Cancer Treatment Options
Some of the treatment options for prostate cancer:
• If the disease is caught early, treatment is usually successful. If the cancer has spread beyond the prostate, however, it is difficult to treat and cure. Unfortunately, prostate cancer can be difficult to diagnose in its early stages. Many cases are diagnosed only after the cancer has spread outside the gland. Once this happens, the survival rate over the next five years is about 40 percent. If the disease spreads to the lymph nodes, bones or other organs, the chances of survival drop to 20 percent.
• Berries help protect DNA from damage and mutation that may result in cancer.
• Experimental therapies such as cryoablation (freezing of cancer cells) and laser surgery are sometimes used in prostate cancer treatment.
• If the cancer has spread into the capsule of the gland, the standard approach is some form of radiation therapy. Ten-year survival rates are 50 to 60 percent. Radiation therapy leaves men impotent 50 percent of the time. It may also adversely affect the bladder and rectum.
• If the disease is confined to the prostate and a man is healthy and under seventy years old, removal of the gland (radical prostatectomy) is often recommended. About 50 percent of men who have this done, even with the new “”nerve sparing”” techniques, become impotent. Significant incontinence occurs in up to 25 percent of cases. Watchful waiting, with nutritional support and lifestyle change, is becoming the preferred approach if the cancer is in the early stages.
• If the cancer has spread outside the gland, treatment is aimed at trying to block production of testosterone, which fuels the cancer. This can be done by means or orchiectomy (surgical removal of the testes) or by suppressing the production and action of hormones. For the latter, either goserelin (Zoladex) or leuprolide (Lupron) is given by monthly injections (they are fundamentally the same drug); in addition, flutamide (Eulexin) is taken orally. Together, these agents effectively shut down testosterone production and use by the body. Both orchiectomy and hormone suppression cause impotence in nearly 100 percent of the cases.
• Estrogen’s have been used effectively for the treatment of prostate cancer for sixty years. However, they can cause breast growth and other feminising effects, as well as cardiac complications.
• Many consider prostate cancer to be one of the most overtreated diseases in America. Physicians in Europe have long used a conservative approach with comparable results. In addition, a 1994 report in The New England Journal of Medicine reported on a large group of men who refused traditional treatment. Surprisingly, they fared just as well as – and possibly better than – men who did accept medical treatment. A conservative approach making critical lifestyle and dietary changes and using nutritional supplementation may work just as well. And yet, 31,000 men will die of prostate cancer this year because they either didn’t catch it time, or chose watchful waiting past the cut-off point. That’s roughly the same percentage of women who die of breast cancer.
• Dr. Hans Nieper, a German cancer specialist, uses Carnivora, a substance derived from a South American plant, to treat prostate cancer. Fresh cabbage and carrot juice are used in clinics worldwide in cancer therapy.
• A high-fat, low-fiber diet is linked not just to heart disease, but also to prostate cancer. Chemical reactions occur when fat is cooked, leading to the production of free radicals, which play a major role in certain cancers. It is logical to assume that the accelerating increase in prostate cancer since the 1950s must be attributable at least in part to a parallel increase in fat consumption in the U.S. According to the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, men who eat red meat five times a week may have a risk of prostate cancer that is nearly three times higher than that for men who eat red meat less than once a week. Butter consumption also appears to contribute to this disease., Researchers theorize that a diet high in fat raises the levels of testosterone and other hormones in the body, which stimulate the prostate – and any cancerous cells in it – to grow. A high intake of milk and coffee may also increase the risk of developing prostate cancer.
• Research has shown that soybeans and soy products, such as tofu, soy four and soymilk, have cancer-fighting powers due to the presence of a protein called genistein. Genistein apparently retards tumor growth by preventing the growth of new blood vessels to feed the tumor. It appears to be particularly effective against prostate cancer, but also works against breast cancer in women and colon cancer in both sexes.
• A man who is impotent as a result of treatment for prostate cancer may be able to remain sexually active through penile prostheses and other devices. (November 1 starts off International Impotency Awareness Month by reviewing current information on Viagra.)
• Studies from Israel indicate shark cartilage may be effective in treating prostate cancer. Its antiangiogenic potential seems to inhibit new blood vessels formation, especially in highly malignant vascular cancers.
• In 1993, the Journal of the American Medical Association revealed a connection between vasectomy and an increased risk of prostate cancer. Reported studies of 48,000 and 29,000 men who had vasectomies showed a 66-percent and 56-percent higher rate of prostate cancer, respectively. The risk increased with age and the number of years since the vasectomy was performed. Since then, a panel called the National Institutes of Health found no biological cause-and-effect relationship between vasectomy and prostate cancer. Not all experts accept that finding, however.
• A man with prostate cancer needs support and understanding from family members, friends and physicians. Besides coming to grips with cancer and its treatments, he also has to deal with the possible loss of sexual potency, which can be very difficult. A number of the books listed in the reference section below provide a great deal of detailed information and practical advice to help the man with prostate cancer and his family to deal with the many difficult aspects of this disease.
• Diet and nutrition are important not only for treatment, but for prevention. An anticancer diet is composed primarily of brown rice, fresh raw fruits and vegetables, fresh juices, legumes, raw nuts and seeds, and whole grains, and excludes alcohol, coffee, refined carbohydrates, and strong tea. Regular intake of zinc (50 milligrams daily) and essential fatty acids (in supplement form or from cold-pressed sesame, safflower or olive oil) in later life also may help prevent the development of problems.
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