Selenium and Vitamin E was recently put to the test as prostate cancer prevention suppliments. Both failed miserably. As stated above, selenium had adverse side effects that were clearly noted and deemed dangerous.
I believe that in the post by engineer55 that it is quite the opposite that is true. There is very little policing and control of the suppliment business and the claims they make. There certainly is room to improve the way drug campanies influence the FDA, but right now we need the FDA to also be involved in putting to test any claims of a cancer cure or prevention by supplimentation of any kind. I consider these products mostly harmful and dangerous. We do know that most heavy doses of suppliments are far more harmful than helpful. Even when I met an MD that specialized in dietary considerations for prostate cancer, he was completely sure that no suppliments are a cure for prostate cancer, and that any supplimentation should be cleared with your doctors prior to moving forward. There is some dietary possibilities to slow the disease progression i.e. Vitamin D3, Omega 3 fats, etc. But if a person starts taking high dose selenium, they are seriously placing themselves at risk, especially if there is history of diebetes in the family.
I have always heard that suppliments should be taken when blood tests show that you have a defficiency somewhere. That makes sense to me. Anything else, I'll let someone else be the guinea pig, thank you. I do take Vitamin D3 as I have been weakening my bones with hormonal therapy. That is a proven supplimentation that helps.
Age 46 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8 : Surgery at The City of Hope on February 16, 2007
Geason 4+3=7, Stage pT3b, N0, Mx
Positive Margins (PM), Extra Prostatic Extension (EPE) : Bilateral Seminal vesicle invasion (SVI)
HT began in May, '07 with Lupron and Casodex 50mg (2 Year ADT)
IMRT radiation for 38 Treatments ending August 3, '07
Current PSA (May 11, 2009): <0.1
Post Edited (TC-LasVegas) : 6/12/2009 3:25:51 PM (GMT-6)