Chondroitin for Prostate Cancer Patient

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Date Joined Dec 2006
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   Posted 12/2/2006 10:52 PM (GMT -6)   
I have diagnosed of having prostate cancer in September 2003.Underwent Proton Beam Radiation Therapy in Loma Linda University Medical Center,finished on 3rd week of February 2004 (41 times radiation).Last PSA is 1.67,DRE did not show any irregularities
My problem :
1.I have Osteo Arthritis (OA).I took glucosamyn dan chondroitin,but I read in other website that chondroitin should not be given to prostate cancer patient.It causes mestastase.Is it true?.
2.I urinate very,very often during days and night.Have you any solution?

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Date Joined Apr 2006
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   Posted 12/2/2006 11:35 PM (GMT -6)   
The only contraindications to condroitin that I can think of are shell fish allergies (use a vegitarian formula), possibly diabetes (may elevate glucose levels and sulfa drug allergies. There is some concern that it may interfere with coumadin but no real evidence has ever been confirmed.

Have you looked in to tart cherry juice as an arthritis pain reliever. I have a couple of friends who swear by it. It's a big seller in the health food stores.

Frequent urination as in prostate related or just frequent? Either way your Doc should be made aware.

Pete trips again!
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   Posted 12/4/2006 12:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Kaeseska, I don't know about the 1st question, but I can relate to #2 brother. I am a "Pissasarus Rex!" Thats what my kids call me! At least every hour at night and maybe 2 or 3 times an hour during the day. My most recent uroligist says its because I drink so much water, I do!! I never do or go anywhere without water. Blame it on the Florida heat, I duno, maybe a sympom of some other afliction. I had a radical so it may not be the same post treatment condition as you, but my surgin at Johms Hopkins told me that after I had surgury, I may develope scar tissue and if I did I should have my urethra stretched out. (an easy prosedure) But my urologist in Fla. talked me out of it saying "why take a chance of trying to fix it and maybe causing more incontenance?" I listened to him. Now I wonder? I am getting a new uro on the 13th and I'm going to ask him. To be truthful, I haven't had one in 1 1/2 years! Shame on me! but have been getting PSAs checked by my primary Dr. I don't know if this will help you but you are not the only "Pissasarus Rex." I was at a meeting of "Us Too" a P.C. support group, on Friday night and was by far the youngest out of about 30 guys there, I was the 1st to get up and go to the restroom!
Good Luck, keep in touch!!
53 years old, Surgury, Radical Prostatectomy 8/20/03, PSA 6.6, Gleason 3 + 3 = 6, Adenocarcinoma extent (moderate) Stage & Margin:T2NOMX, No Metastases, Organ Confined, bone scan: Neg.  

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