Mtel, I am most proud, when I saw the subject of this post, I thought, oh no, not another dogmatic post about diet. But upon reading it, you and I are on the same page, all the way.
Before I get jumped on by others (not you), I have always said, and will say again: best bet is for all adults to be on an approved heart healthy diet, not because of cancer, but for general health and well being. (Can't imagine anyone arguing with that).
Twice in my life, I have had access to highly experienced Oncology Dietician. In this case, post my most recent surgery. The woman has been in the field, oncology specific, for nearly 30 years. She stated to me that you need to stay with all the food groups in the revised Food Pyramid to be healthiest in dealing with cancer. She is not advocating any kind of junk food, so don't anyone read anything negative into that.
She said you do your body harm when you avoid entire food groups, i.e. red meats, dairy, etc. She also promotes discipline and self control in moderate consumptions of things you enjoy. We talked about my love of chocolate, she said small amounts of quality dark chocolate is good for me, but not eating Ho-Hos, Oreos, and convenience store candybars.
Here at HW, some folks, in my opinion, are too dogmatic about preaching strict diet standards, which in fact, put folks into a stressful situation in the long run, always worrying about what they are eating or shouldnt be eating. I think that is a big dis-service.
Anyone can dig up a report blaming this or that for prostate cancer, and then the next person can pull a report that de-bunks the first one.
Most of us are in our 50s or older, yes we have some younger brothers, and like the dietician told me, you can't undo a lifetime of bad eating just because you got cancer. And she said, in her 30 years of research, there is no positive proof or link thats indisputable, that any particular food or food group causes cancer, or makes cancer worse, and that avoiding a particular food or food group isn't going to slow down or change the course of a cancer once its in your body. I believe this strongly.
Again, no one is talking about giving up and eating a terrible diet. That would be reckless and irresponsible for one's health.
I get wary of the "experts" that keep ramming the diet stuff down peoples throat, when there is no positive conclusive proof that it will change the course of things. Sure, a few big names publish books with their theories, but that still doesn't make it the Gospel. It just sells book.
Heart healthy diet, all things in moderation, cut back on the booze if you are a heavy drinker, and no healthy reason to keep smoking if you smoke. That's an easy plan to follow, and is backed by sound medical advice by any doctor.
david in sc
Age: 58, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 7 of 7 Positive, 40-90%, Gleason 4+3
open RP: 11/08, on catheters for 101 days
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos marg
Incont & ED: None
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12, 4/8 .04, 8/6 .06 11/10 Not taking it
Latest: 6 Corr Surgeries to Bladder Neck, SP Catheter since 10/1/9, SRT 39 Sess/72 gy ended 11/09, 21 Catheters, Ileal Conduit Surgery 9/23/10