I was in Scott's camp until a couple of months ago, believing that diet had little to do with PC because of all the conflictiing studies. When I asked my Oco doc what I could do to prevent the cancer from growing he said go an a veg diet. After I laughed and asked if he were kidding he said he was dead serious and said I should read "The China Study" by Colin Cambell.
I'm pretty much a facts guy and after reading it I found out that the evidence was just too compelling to ignore anymore.
If you read any books or papers by oncologists they always stress diet, and they know more about
the biology of cancer than all the other docs.
My take is that just about
everyone has some type of cancer, whether it grows into a tumor or not depends on how it is nourished. In the lab we know we can affect the rate of tumor growth just by varing the amount of animal protien. There is also just too much anactodal information to ignore diet as a means of slowing progression of PC.
All the stats indicate that all of us are more likely to die from a heart attack then from PC, so a heart healthy diet has been proven in just about
every study ever undertaken.
I've changed my diet about
3 months ago, cut out all meat, and dairy and try to limit all animal protien (fish) to less than 5%. I feel better than I have in 30 years, much more energy. I still have my 3 cigar a day habit, so I'm not totally overboard.
I had a psa of 4.4 in 1999 and steadily increasing psa every 3-6 months before reaching 40 in 5-08.Free psa ranged from 16 to 10%
I had biopsies every year, 13 total in all. I saw 5 different doctors, all urologists or urological oncologists at Long Beach, UCLA, UCSF and UCI and had an MRIS at UCSF in 2007. All tests were negative and I was told that because of all the biopsies I most likely didn't have PC, but to keep getting biopsies every year.
in Oct 08 my 13th biopsy of 25 cores indicated 2 positive cores, gleason 3+3 less that 5% in 2 cores. Doc recommended surgery.
2nd opinion from a prostate oncologist, referred by my wife's oncologists said cancer found wis indolant and statistacally insignificant, but PSA histor was a major concern and ordered a few more tests.
Color Doppler ultrasound with targeted biopsy found a transition zone tumor 18mmX16mm, gleason 3+4 and 4+3. CT and bone scans clear, but Doc thinks that there may be lymph node involvement (30% chance) because of my high PSA, and referred me for a Combidex MRI in Holland, currently scheduled for Feb 14.
Changed diet and takiing supplements while I wait. The location of the tumor plus the high psa make surgery an unlikely option. I'm still evaluatiing all treatment options and will make a decision once I get the results of the Combidex scan.