This reminds me of a story about
identical twins with prostate cancer. One was the healthy eater no smoking light drinker. The other was a bit more rough around the edges and was a heavy drinker, poor eater and smoked.
The irony was that the health conscious one died from prostate cancer, the other survived.
Paul's summary is right in that we just can't make predictions about
how one will do with prostate cancer. We can seemingly improve our odds but there is really nothing in stone. Mark Moyad said it best in that a heart healthy diet will help more men live longer and if it does help with prostate cancer then you can thank him later. I think it was Gary Deng (MSK nutritionist) who told me that for many men, prostate cancer can be sort of a good thing. Because of their diagnosis they changed their diets to a more heart friendly diet, exercised more, and moderated things more which leads to a longer healthier life. For these men, the risk of dying of prostate cancer was very remote anyway.
A heart healthy is the best way to go. But I don't have the same experience with all doctors. Some doctors will
openly volunteer with dietary recommendations, but others you have to ask the question. For my own experience, my oncologist, Nick Vogelzang, who is a very highly respected prostate cancer oncologist and researcher, he said that I should absolutely eat better if I am not eating a good diet. He told me that if he is going to take on the responsibility try to get me to 85 years old, that I better take on that responsibility as well by doing healthy things. But he also pointed out that diet for many men is part of the quality of life. He said that I should enjoy the foods I like but that I should remember moderation and balance.
Advanced Prostate Cancer at age 44 (I am 48 now)
pT3b,N0,Mx (original PSA was 19.8) EPE, PM, SVI. Gleason 4+3=7
RALP ~ 2/17/2007 at the City of Hope near Los Angeles.
Adjuvant Radiation Therapy ~ IMRT Completed 8/07
Adjuvant Hormone Therapy ~ 28 months on Casodex and Lupron.
"I beat up this disease and took its lunch money! I am in remission."
I am currently not being treated, but I do have regular oncology visits.
I am the president of an UsTOO chapter in Las Vegas
Blog : www.caringbridge.org/visit/tonycrispino
Post Edited (TC-LasVegas) : 10/29/2010 2:30:53 PM (GMT-6)