I absolutely agree that there is no scientific evidence supporting diet and cancer, and there won't be in our lifetime. The only two major studies on diet that I'm aware of is the Framingham study, and that was on heart and the China study. The costs for a large study are too prohibitive and the only funding available is from the large drug companies, food companies or the government. No one will fund a study that would be against their best interests and the political fall out from a government study would be just to great. (the food pyramid is a prime example). Even the small study on pomegranites was funded by POM Wonderful a California grower of pomegranites,
The China study which was funded by the Chinese govt was the largest study conducted on a genetically homogenous population and the results were a high correlation between the intake of animal protien and the insidence of Western disease, heart, cancer and auto imune. "The China Study" by T Colin Cambel. It's an interesting read. This also correlates with the fact that Asians have a much lower incidence of PC while Asian Americans have the same incidence as the rest of the US population.
Genetics as the cause of cancer is all over the map. I've seen some research that indicates that genetics are 5% and other that say they are the main cause.
The studies on Vitamine E and Selenium are flawed in that any attempt to isolate just one or two dietary variables with out regard to everthing else a person is injesting is not a good valid study.
I think that the best evidence we have is that most prostate oncologists that treat a lot of advanced cases all recommend a diet low in meat and dairy. The supplements they recommend vary.
I hear you when you say somthings are not worth giving up, mine is beer and cigars even when I know they are bad for me.
64 years old.
I had an initial PSA test in 1999 of 4.4. PSA increased every 6 months reaching 40 in 5-08. PSA free ranged from 16% to 10%. Over this time period I had a total of 13 biopsies and an endorectal MRIS all negative and have seen doctors at Long Beach, UCLA, UCSF and UCI. DX has always been BPH and continue to get biopsies every year.
In 10-08 I had a 25 core biopsy that showed 2 cores positive, gleason 6 at less than 5%. Surgery was recommended and I was in the process of interviewing surgeons when my wife's oncologist recommended I get a 2nd opinion from a prostate oncologist.
I saw Dr Sholtz, in Marina Del Rey, and he said that the path reports indicated no tumor, but indolant cancer clusters that didn't need any treatment. He was concerned that my PSA history indicated that I had a large amount of PC somewhere that had yet to be uncovered and put me through several more tests.
A color doppler targeted biopsy in 11-08 found a large tumor in the transition zone, gleason 6 and 7. Because of my high PSA Dr. suspected lymph node involvement, 30% chance, and sent me to Holland for a Combidex MRI, even though bone and CT scans were clear.
Combidex MRI showed clear lymph nodes and a 2,5 cm tumor in the anterior. I was his 1st patient to come up clear on the Combidex which has a 96% accuracy,
I've been on a no meat and dairy diet since 12-08 and PSA reduce to 30 while I awaited the Combidex MRI.
The location of the tumor in the anterior apex next to the urethea makes a good surgical margin very unlikely. Currently on Casodex and Proscar for 8 weeks to shrink my 60 mm prostate. Treatment will be seeds followed by 5 weeks of IMRT while continuing on Casodex and Proscar. So far no side affects from the Casodex.
As of April 10 and 7 weeks on Casodex and Proscar PSA has gone from 30 to 0.62 and protate from 60mm to 32mm. Very minor side affects. Doc says all this indicates tumor is not aggessive
Awaiting schedule for seed impants