Seeking Pomegranate Extract?

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Sunbird
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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 140
   Posted 3/30/2010 8:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I've read that Pomegranate Extract may be beneficial in delaying or arresting biochemical relapse, so I tried Pomegranate Juice.  I wasn't crazy about the taste, and I felt the added calories weren't helping me either.  I remembered a vitamin company a friend suggested years ago, and I found they do carry Pomegranate Extract.  $4.89 for 60 capsules @ 250 mg.  It's standardized to 70% ellagic acid content which is kinda rare too.  You can find this company @ www.swansonvitamins.com   I believe they've been in business since 1969.  Two bottles of capsules cost me $14.77 shipping included.  I'm taking one capsule a day.  I figure it can't hurt.......
1996, Age 48, Stage III Colon Ca, Colon Resection followed by 18 chemo treatments.
 
2000, Colon Ca Metastasis to upper left lung lobe.  Lung lobe surgically removed.  24 chemo treatments scheduled.  Took 1, declined the rest.
 
9/08 PSA is 2.8, 12/08 PSA is 4.56??  Chalk it up to prostatitis due to urinary retention after Nissen Fundo Surgery.  VA docs prescribe 30 days of Septra.  Prostate feels normal.  PSA hovers around 4.1.  VA docs want prostate biopsy but can't seem to get me into the schedule.  Continue through Spring and Fall of 2009 thinking I have prostatitis.  Bacteria cultures are always neg.  PSA drops to 3.1 10/09.
 
12/09 Prostate Biopsy performed
3 of 10 cores positive, 5%, 25%, & 35%, 3 + 3= Gleason Six with perineural invasion.
 
Doc wants CT Scan due to prior Colon Ca. Findings: "The seminal vesicles are irregular & there is nodularity in the periprostatic fat such that local extension cannot be excluded.  Shotty lymph nodes in both groin measuring 2.3 cm."
 
Doc wants Endo-rectal MRI (OUCH!) Findings: Mild central zone BPH, no discrete focus of carcinoma is identified, no evidience of invasion into the periprostatic fat or seminal vesicles.  Normal size iliac chain lymph nodes.
 
2/08/10 Open RP surgery.  Findings: Gleason Six upgraded to Seven.  3 + 4, Stage pT2c, Bilateral w/perineural invasion, No pos lymph nodes,  margins uninvolved, no extraprostatic extension, no seminal vesicle extension,  39 grams, blood loss 1200 ml (didn't want a transfusion & didn't get one) nerve bundles spared bilaterally.  current age-61


IdahoSurvivor
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 1015
   Posted 3/30/2010 11:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sunbird,

I've read a lot of good things about Pomegranate juice. I don't know what is true or not, but I think it could add some benefit. At least it is full of good stuff for the body in general.

I have been using POM Wonderful brand from Wal*mart, but it is pretty expensive. I used to get Langer's All Pomegranate. It is 100% pure with no preservatives. Costco used to carry it at a great price, but it is no longer available at my Costco. I really like the taste and am looking for it again.

You have to ensure that the juice is 100% Pomegranate juice for the stated benefit. Anything mixed with other juices or having "cocktail" on the label may be nice to drink, but is suspect to be watered down.

Best of luck.

Barry
Surgery: Da Vinci; July 31, 2007; 54 on surgery day;
Pathology: PSA: 4.3; Gleason: 3+3=6; T2a; Confined to Prostate;
Post RP PSAs: 09/07 <0.04; 12/07 <0.04; 03/08 <0.04;
06/08 <0.04; 12/08 <0.04; 06/09 =0.06; 09/09 <0.04;
Latest PSA 12/09 =0.05


pasayten
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Date Joined Mar 2007
Total Posts : 448
   Posted 3/31/2010 12:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sunbird,
 
Thanks for the post.  I ordered the extract and the "complex".  Figured I would alternate the two on a daily basis.   Just finished SRT and will have no more treatment options, so I figured I better modify diet and vitamins/supplements the best I could with anything to keep future PCa problems in check. 
 
pasayten
After 3-4 years of annual PSA 4-6, biopsy recommended
3/13/2007 - 12 point biopsy - Left 0/6  Right 1/6 Gleason 3+3 T1c
4/24/2007 - DaVinci performed at Virginia Mason hospital in Seattle
5/2/2007 - Catheter Out! Final pathology of Gleason 6  T2c Nx Mx, approx 20% of prostate involved, positive margin, but only at 2 focal points.  
6/28/2007 9 weeks incontinance... Overnite, went from 4-6 soaked pads a day from prev 8 weeks to 2 barely wet pads a day.
7/12/2007 11 weeks post-op  Minimal leakage...  one small pad a day
7/18/2007 First Post-Op PSA...  0.01 !!! 
9/10/2007 Pad free and ED at 75% with 100mg Viagra generic
6/26/2008 2nd Post-OP PSA at 14 months...  0.02 
12/2/2008 3rd Post-OP PSA at 20 months...   0.03
10/30/2009 4th Post-OP PSA at 31 months...   0.13 (moved and diff lab)
11/3/2009 Retest at my original lab...  0.11  (followup with Doc sched 11/10)
11/10/2009 Discussion indicated biochemical reccurrence and need for salvage radiation treatment. 
1/21/2010 Another PSA test at 34 months...  0.14
1/26/2010 IMRT Salvage Radiation Treatment started
                  32 sessions for 64 gys total.
3/12/2010 Finished 32 sessions...  No side effects to date except a little
tiredness.  Slight changes in bowel movements the last week...   Would feel like I did not empty completely and get a little blood once in a while.  Also maybe aggrivated by a little constipation caused by cholesterol medicine simvastatin that I started in November and when I do not drink enough water. No change in frequency for bowel or unination though which was a blessing thru the whole process.
 

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