Vitamin D, any thoughts

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Date Joined Feb 2008
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   Posted 10/20/2008 11:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I had my 6 month visit with my regular Doc and he recomends taking Vitamin D as a supplement.  He says he is convinced that it has benefits.  He takes it and now recomends it to all his patience.  I have had him for several years and he is very concervative.
How many of you guys are taking it and at what dose?
I know its been talked about on this site before but this is the first time I had a Doc recomend taking it.
Diagnosed 01-08-08 @ 53 years old 
DRE normal , 2004 Biospy negative - 2008 Biopsy positive (01-08-08)
10 cores, 1 positive and at 1% of that one core
PSA @ surgery 6 
Bone and Ct scans negative
clinicaly Staged at T1C - Gleason 3+3 = 6
Robotic Da Vinci performed March 27th, 2008
University of Chicago,Hospital stay 30 hours - Catheter out in 7 days  normaly expected leakage Erectile function better with Viagra
Post Pathology T2C, Gleason 7, 10 % of both portions of prostate, Seminal vessels clear, fat tissue clear,Tumor on top of prostate. 1 positve margin measureing less than .5 ml at urethra and bladder..
Six week PSA < 0.1 , 4 month PSA <.05 Gen II test.  Urologist recomends to hold off on Radiation and watch PSA closely. Oncologist and Radiation Oncologist seem to lean to doing pre-emptive radiation.Uroligist says 50/50 chance of PSA re-occurence.  
I have decided to hold off and see for 3 months.
Next PSA October...
Six Month PSA 0.010,  undetectable per Urologist
Next PSA Six months or at one year (March)

Tim G
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   Posted 10/20/2008 11:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Some studies show that we need Vitamin D and probably don't get enough of it in our diets. I live in the Pacific Northwest with limited sunny days, and I wear sun screen because of previous skin cancer, so I take 1000 units daily.

chris nz
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Date Joined Sep 2007
Total Posts : 33
   Posted 10/21/2008 1:49 AM (GMT -6)   
I've been taking Vit D [cholecalciferol] for 16 months +. started at 4k units daily, got the level up to mid recommended level, now take 2k units daily my latest blood showed my Vit D was just above mid-range.
Dx Nov '03, age 61, 1 of 8 +, 3 + 3, PSA before biopsy 6.5.
after biopsy PSA went 10.5 and stayed there.
Tried a lot of the can't fail 'cures'. Found 'Prostasol' a version of PC Specs.
PSA dropped to less than 1.
Still tried other supplements but reverted back to 'P'. [ a herbal estrogen.] Had problems with hereditary Deep Vein Thrombosis, now on blood thinner.
March '08, second biopsy, 3 of 10 + [10-50%], 3 + 4, PSA 1.0. T2A.
Bone scan didn't show much, bone density showed early osteo in places.
Had Brachytherapy Aug 23 08. 75 seeds, started work again 2 days later.

Post Edited (chris nz) : 10/21/2008 12:58:36 AM (GMT-6)

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Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 10/21/2008 6:40 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been taking Prostate 2.2 Vitamin that has Vitamin D and other supplements. Given to me by Doc.
Age Dx 37, 7/2008
First PSA : 4.17 5/2008
Second PSA After 2 weeks of antibiotics : 3.9 6/2008
DRE: Negative 5/2008
Biopsy : 6 out 12 Postive all on right side, Gleason 7 (3+4).
Bone Scan/CAT Scan: Clear 7/2008
Cystoscope: Normal 7/2008
Prostate MRI: Normal 7/2008
Da Vinci Surgery 7/2008
PostOp: T2c (On Both sides), margins clear, seminal clear, nodes, clear. Gleason 6(3+3).
First PostOp PSA 9/2008: <0.01
2nd PSA 12/2008: Praying for <0.01

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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 125
   Posted 10/21/2008 6:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Just after my prostate cancer diagnosis I started going to my wife's osteopath. We ran some tests and found that my vitamin d3 levels were very low. I initially started taking 10000 units daily. After retesting we have dropped it to 7400 units per day. I have read many articles regarding Vitamin D and it's positive effects in reducing the risk of cancer, and helping to fight the cancer that you may have. I only wish that I had found this out several years ago. I may not have had to go through this horrible disease. I have also read of the effects of Vitamin C in reducing the risks of, and treating cancer. I also do chelation every couple of weeks. It has a chemical called EDTA that bonds with heavy metals in your body and helps you to eliminate them. Along with the EDTA, is a large amount of Vitamin C. You may think that this is going overboard, but my insurance has paid every penny on my chelation because of my cancer diagnosis, and their knowledge of how much Vitamin C helps in cancer treatment.

Specifically though, men almost always have low Vitamin D levels, and every man should be taking more Vitamin D3.
52 years old
T1c 3+3=6
DaVinci July 16, 2007
largest cancer .2mm
Bladder Sling installed during prostate removal
nerve sparing with both nerve bundles intact
all cancer contained within prostate nothing near margins
11 weeks post-op - no more pads
4 PSA's all < .1 - Undetectable

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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 62
   Posted 10/21/2008 6:53 AM (GMT -6)   

Suggest you get a Vitamin D3 blood called a "25-OH Vitamin D3" test before taking additional Vitamin D3 supplements. Then decide on the amount of Vitamin D3 and have another test after a few months.

Check with for the OPTIMUM Vitamin D3 levels.

My Vitamin D3 level was on the low side even living in a sunny climate and taking a multi-vitamin with 400 IU of Vitamin D3. I increased the intake by another 800 IU per day (Puritan's Pride) and after about 3-months my D3 level is at the upper optimum range.


Diagnosed: June 2007. Aged 61. PSA 19.6. DRE negative.
Biopsy: June 2007; 2 cores of 18 positive.
MRI and Bone Scan: Negative.
Pathology: 5% of 1 core, "Small focus" in another core +ve.
Gleason 3 + 3 = 6.
Clinical: PCa considered confined to prostate. Stage T1c.
Treatment: After considering RP and HD Brachy, decided on Intermittent Triple Androgen Blockade Therapy for 1-year, using ZOLADEX, CASODEX 150 mg/day, AVODART 0.5 mg/day. Start PSA 19.2 (July 2007).
Completed Intermittent TAB on 23 July 2008, continue with AVODART alone and monitor PSA every 3-months.
Current Status: PSA = 0.02 (July 2008).
PSA nadir 0.018 (June 2008).

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Date Joined Sep 2008
Total Posts : 72
   Posted 10/21/2008 7:50 PM (GMT -6)   
In Sept I attended the Prostate Cancer Research Institute Conference in Los Angeles. This was a topic they discussed. It was felt that many men need D3. A blood test to be sure is best for do it yourselfers..... Also, the doctors felt we are deficient since we try to protect ourselves from the sun. So as we do good to protect from skin cancer, we lose elsewhere. They felt sunshine is great in small amounts, like 10 minutes a day. They felt vitamins and minerals were very beneficial but in moderate amounts, exceeding the norm only when bloodtest showed necessary. They also stressed a healthy diet and exercise. What is necessary for a healthy cardiovascular system will be a plus in keeping Prostate Cancer in check.
Don't get discouraged!!
Diagnosed Feb 2008  54 years old
3+4=7 gleason
7.5 PSA
4 out of 20 biopsies were cancerous
daVinci Robotic surgery July 24, 2008
Univ of Calif San Francisco Med Center  Dr Peter Carroll
In hospital 2 nights altho I had option of leaving the next day but stayed due to distance home.
Contained in prostate, not spread
Six weeks post surgery PSA less than .01

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