Hi from a newbie. PC & Lifestyle changes?

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Date Joined Dec 2006
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   Posted 12/11/2006 6:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello people  - Found this site and have been reading the posts for a while.
I am 60 and have PC (diagnosed last year) PSA was 20+, Gleeseon 4+3.  Have had radiotheraphy, TURP and am also on 3 monthly Hormone injections - plenty of hot flushes and no libido at all!  PSA went down to 0.1 - "Yippee" I thought (albeit incorrectly).
In last 6 months PSA back up to 9.  Just had another bone scan and a MRI and seeing the oncologist tomorrow. I am not worried just concerned (fingers crossed). No pain and can pee as good as ever.
From browing around I see that lifestyle changes can help (no red meat, booze etc.) and also articles about alternate theraphies. 
There was a good article in the UK Sunday Times yesterday http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2099-2489315,00.html about the Pfeifer Protocol.
Lots of alternate theraphies have been proven to be bunkum so I am obvioulsy very weary about them and a number of articles have been written by people with a vested interest.  However I would apprecaite comments on the proven berifits of life style changes. (I probably enjoy all the things that are supposedly bad for me!)

M. Kat
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Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 715
   Posted 12/11/2006 1:13 PM (GMT -6)   
a healthy lifestyle (exercising, eating lots of whole grains, lean protein, veggies and fruit and drinking lots of water) is beneficial even if one does not have cancer. there are some people here who are under alternative therapies, and hopefully they will respond.
Husband Jeff 56 years old diagnosed July 27, 2006
PSA 6.5, 2 positive areas in biopsy, Gleason 3+3=6
Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy August 30, 2006
pathology report - all clear - cancer gone
1st post-surgery PSA test 0.1
no more pads Oct 12, 2006
2nd post-surgery PSA test 0.1

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Date Joined Sep 2006
Total Posts : 211
   Posted 12/11/2006 5:48 PM (GMT -6)   
There are countless examples of lifestyle changes assisting prognosis While these are mostly anecdotal, they are very logical.

My PC is early stage, and my PSA has remained stable for the last 4 years. I use immune boosting herbs, olive leaf, astralagus, and anti oxidants.

I can not prove that this and lifestyle improvements have helped my PC remain stable, but it does seem that is the case. In any event my immune system has improved considerably: for example I have not had any severe sinus problems which used to be a common problem, so it's worthwhile for that in itself.

Many men on hormone treatment report that they cope better with less side effects if they improve their lifestyle and diet, so improvements could be worthwhile from that angle, in addition to other probable benefits.

Pfeifer Protocol: I would expect that a high % of men would benefit from it, as meny men indicate that they obtain good results from use of "prostasol" which is included in the protocol. There are various forms of "prostasol" from different suppliers but Dr Pfeifer's is very similar to the previous "Pc Spes". Dr Lee Nelson's book which is well worth reading has a chapter on "Pc Spes", including use by Dr Katz at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, and tests by Dr Small at University of California San Francisco which resulted in good results for majority of men, even those who no longer responded to hormone treatment. Some men do have side effects similar to hormone treatment.

www.news-medical.net recently detailed one of the few trials showing that lifestyle may affect progression of cancer published in September issue of Journal of Urology. The 93 men had early stage PC. After one year PSA decreased in the group who made comprehensive lifestyle changes but increased in the comparison group.

The website www.yananow.net has stories from many men who have used various treatments including hormones. Look under mentors experiences.

Lee Nelson's book is "Prostate Cancer Prevention and Cure" Lee Nelson has used hormome treatment and radiation therapy himself. Although written a few years ago his book is very comprehensive and covers diagnosis, treatment options, lifestyle changes, diet, supplements .

www.health.groups.yahoo.com has a PC board with messages from a number of men who currently use "prostasol" some have used it and "Ps Spes" for considerable time.

Trust some of this information is of interest.

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