Prostate cancer develops very slowly; if you are 60 years of age you have a 60% chance of having prostate cancer, which you have probably had for 20+ years and it will grow so slowly you will probably die of something else. If your cancer is slow growing you should leave it alone. The availability of DCE-MRI and ultrasound tests will enable you to determine and measure your disease status with 97% accuracy without harming your body in any way. Repeating these tests 6 months later provides a 97% accurate progress report. This website provides the details.
For legal reasons we must start by stating that none of the many contributors to this website are medical doctors so this advice must be subject to your own medical adviser’s advice. All this information has come from the books in the reading list at the foot, nearly all written by medical doctors. It should also be said that until you become an expert on your disorder you will not be able to sort the wheat from the chaff of conflicting advice you will be given and will read and be given on this most important disorder. There are many learned books available for study that will finally get you better informed than nearly all of the medical fraternity – for instance they do not study nutrition in medical school. A Victorian med school introduced nutrition as a subject only in 2011. Urologists do not have time to read all the journal reports in areas that are not urology so many are not up to date on the many studies on the effects of food, etc, on prostate cancer (PCa).
Prostatitis, Benign Prostate Hypertrophy (BPH), and Prostate Cancer are the most common types of prostate disease. Millions of men are diagnosed with one of these disorders every year. Most are given aggressive forms of therapy. The lucky ones are those with a solid sense of self worth, an enquiring mind and a determination to have the rest of their lives as whole functioning happy males. None of the radical prostatectomy outcome studies encompass depression, or survival beyond 5+ years, yet PCa has been with most men for many more years than that without being a problem. To see how many men have had PCa most of their life without it being a problem:
Prostatitis is chronic inflammation of the gland. This is due to low immunity allowing the infection of the gland to cause inflammation and swelling of the gland. This causes pain on urination, ejaculation, frequent urgent calls to empty the bladder, pain when evacuating the bowels. Usually the treatment is to administer strong antibiotics that also kill off the natural gut flora and further reduce your immune system, which is 90% derived from the food you digest, but cannot fully digest when the gut flora has been killed off. So unless you deliberately boost your immune system you will be worse off than before the antibiotics. Boosting your immune system was all that was required in the first place. You can see from the following picture how a swollen gland would firstly give you the feeling of a full bladder when it was only partly filled, and secondly, would make it difficult to urinate through the urethra constricted by a swollen prostate gland.
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), also called benign enlargement of the prostate (BEP), adenofibromyomatous hyperplasia and benign prostatic hypertrophy, is an increase in size of the prostate. BPH involves hyperplasia of prostatic stromal and epithelial cells, resulting in the formation of large, fairly discrete nodules in the periurethral region of the prostate. When sufficiently large, the nodules compress the urethral canal to cause partial, or sometimes virtually complete, obstruction of the urethra, which interferes with the normal flow of urine. It leads to symptoms of urinary hesitancy, frequent urination, painful urination, increased risk of urinary tract infections, and urinary retention. Although prostate specific antigen levels may be elevated in these patients because of increased organ volume and inflammation due to urinary tract infections, BPH does not lead to cancer or increase the risk of cancer. BPH involves hyperplasia (an increase in the number of cells) rather than hypertrophy (a growth in the size of individual cells), but the two terms are often used interchangeably, even amongst urologists.
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If you consult an oncologist you will get hormones and chemotherapy; a radiologist – radiation; a urologist – surgery. None of them will tell you about other alternatives, most will say that alternatives are unproven, experimental, or dangerous. They will not tell you of the thousands of studies to the contrary, nor will they mention the growing number of current studies and government committee recommendations to stop aggressive treatment because it kills more men than it saves. This website is to tell you a little about the better, alternative ways, with only positive side effects, to rid yourself of these and other disorders by changing your lifestyle and food intake.
PSA blood tests are wildly unreliable, resulting in many misdiagnoses. Dr Richard Ablin, the man who discovered the PSA has asked everyone to stop using his test. Roger Mason The Natural Prostate Cure, 2012 ed, p117, reports that women also have PSA in their bloodstream, yet have no prostate gland, proving that this antigen is not prostate specific. Global fine needle aspiration, or biopsies often follow a rise in PSA (often caused by BPH and aging). Biopsies are dangerous as they can lead to cancer cells escaping from the gland and are only accurate by chance as it is so easy to miss a small area of aggressive cancer, particularly if the gland is inflamed and large. Radiation, or brachytherapy, permanently seeding the gland with radioactive pellets is less expensive than radical prostatectomy, but side effects include chronic diarrhea, exhaustion, rectal pain and fissures, incontinence, infections and impotence. If cancer returns (as it often does) it is not possible to then surgically remove the gland.
Digital Rectal Exam (DRE) is a simple examination of one side of the prostate gland (nearest to the rectum) that can be done by your physician. The theory is that any PCa will make the gland misshapen and rough and this will be detectable by an experienced physician’s finger inserted through your rectum.
Radical prostatectomy (RP) is the surgical removal of the gland. It is risky, expensive and of questionable value to any man over 70, according to a Dartmouth University study, which showed that 2% of the subjects died from the operation, 27% were partially incontinent, 85% impotent. The Dartmouth team told Newsweek “if the medical community were to apply the same standards of safety and efficacy required for approval of new drugs, it is likely that neither radical prostatectomy, nor radiation would be approved. 30% of the cancer returns and then further treatment is very difficult.
Hormone treatment is designed to reduce the production of testosterone; it has a temporary effect on decreasing PSA and of weakening the cancer. Side effects are erectile dysfunction 100%, increase in weight, development of “man boobs”, loss of energy, increase in depression. Research done in the last ten years on 600 dead men revealed a much higher level of PCa in men from 20 up –, than anyone had imagined. To see how many men had PCa for most of their life please view graph at the top of this file. Clearly PCa is extraordinarily slow-growing form of cancer. Many think it should not be called “cancer” as it does not behave like any other form of cancer (except for some breast cancers). The very use of the word “cancer” so terrifies men that they can’t wait to have a radical prostatectomy to get rid of the perceived horrors of the word. Urologists gain many more patients because of this fright, rushing them into making life-changing decisions they will regret for the rest of their lives, when in fact, waiting another year to carefully research the alternatives will probably produce no discernible change.
Castration: A standard treatment to reduce the production of testosterone in the belief this promotes PCa was based on work done by Dr Charles Huggins in 1940 when he began castrating men to reduce testosterone to zero. In 1966 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for his work. Millions of men were castrated right up to this year – until Dr Abraham Morgentaler pulled the original research (from the Harvard Library) and found that a) the research process was faulty and b) was based on a study of one man! See chapter 7, Suzanne Somers, Bombshell. Despite the obvious contradiction between naturally reducing levels of testosterone as men age, with rising PCa, no one managed to check on this dreadful therapy for 80+ years. Hormone treatment is a kinder therapy than castration, temporarily reducing PSA and giving the false feeling of progress, but eventually the hormones have to be changed or stopped for 6 months, and still the PCa progresses slowly, exactly as it does for castrati. Roger Mason, The Natural Prostate Cure, reports on more then 200 studies that prove testosterone is good for preventing and controlling PCa click on the link: Prostate_Natural_Prostate_Cure_Mason
Hyperthermia is the internal heating of the entire gland. It is entirely without side effects and can be repeated any number of times – please click on the link: Prostate_David_Froggatt.
Klinik St Georg has a 20+ year history of this therapy and in that time no man treated has died from PCa. This is a 100% cure rate that cannot be matched by any other therapy. If they missed some PCa the therapy can be repeated any number of times. There are no side effects.
Exercise, diet can reduce prostate cancer tumor risk
Eating right, exercise and other lifestyle changes may help prostate cancer patients reduce risk of aggressive tumors, U.S. researchers say.
Study leader Lenore Arab of the University of California, Los Angeles, Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center said the World Cancer Research Fund lifestyle recommendations include desirable ranges of body mass index, physical activity, foods of low caloric density, fruit and non-starchy vegetables, salt, legumes, unrefined grains and red meat consumption.
The study involved 2,212 African-American or Caucasian-American men ages 40-70 with newly diagnosed prostate cancer. The recommendations are intended to decrease overall risk of cancer, and are recommended for cancer survivors.
The study, published online in the journal Nutrition and Cancer, found adherence to fewer than four of the eight recommendations predicted a 38 percent increased risk of aggressive tumors compared with adherence to four or more recommendations. The finding was statistically significant and similar among black and white men, despite a baseline higher risk of highly aggressive tumors among black men, the study said.
“Most men are at risk of prostate cancer, but it is the level of aggressiveness of disease that is most clinically relevant,” Arab said in a statement. “These findings suggest that even men with prostate cancer can take control of their disease and moderate its aggressiveness through diet and lifestyle choices.”
Copyright UPI 2013
To comprehend how hard it is to not have serious side effects from a prostatectomy have a look at the video explaining the workings of the male body: