Prostate Cancer Diet

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   Posted 1/24/2007 5:19 PM (GMT -6)   
In my reading about this disease over the internet, I keep on stumbling upon readings that suggest diet can possibly slow progression of this disease.  In my case, I am wondering whether diet can slow or prevent a recurrence.
I asked my urologist, who said dietary links are unproven.  However, just because something is not proven does not mean that it can not be real at the same time.
At the same time, I see some stuff that seems wacky (when it suggests I should forego conventional treatment for dietary treatment, I disregard it).
Just wondering what other peoples thoughts are and what they might be doing.
For me, I was 50 pounds overweight pre surgery.  I am trying to adjust my diet to more fruits, vegetables..less meat and dairy..and as little as possible junk food.  I have already lost 20 of my 50 pounds objective (5 through the surgery).  Sometimes I wonder whether I should even be more radical in my approach.
I also read something about pomegranate juice, so I try to drink a glass of that daily (not bad stuff..but it is only 27% pomegranate).

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   Posted 1/24/2007 7:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi mozart250,

I am starting to adopt a healthier diet strategy too. Partly because of the PCa, but also because for the first time I have posted a high cholesterol count; 213 and a elevated BP as well. Like you said diet has not been linked to the occurences of the most common cancers, but there are some compelling studies that show excessive consumption of red meat, and colon cancer are linked. I am a beef eater like my dad, and he develope pre-cancerous polups a few years ago. Also beef eaters seem to have a high rate of PCa, but this too is yet unproven.

All-in-all I guess in my effort to prevent stroke and heart disease; I may be inadvertently lowering my risk of colon cancer, and the possible recurrence of the PCa. I doubt if I'll be able to give up beef altogether, and I do love my cheese. So I will try to limit the amount as much as possible.

My wife also bought me the pomegranite juice, and I will give it a try too. This changing of diet is not going to be easy; we will need support, and a lot of will power. Good luck to you on your life style change.


Diagnosed at age 60
PSA went from 2.2 to 3.8 in 14 months
2 of 14 cores positive at 10%
Gleason 6(3+3), negative DRE, neg. boundaries
DaVinci surgery on 02/23/06

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   Posted 1/24/2007 7:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mozart and Glen, I don't know whether diet has anything to do with prostate cancer, but eating healthy just has to be a good deal.  Most of my life I have been a meat eater.  Not too enthusiastic about the veggies and fruit.  Ten years ago I quit smoking and gained a ton of weight.  Together my wife and I made gradual changes in our eating and exercise habits.  We are both much lighter and more fit than we were then.
We have trained ourselves to eat more of the good stuff and less of the bad.  It wasn't easy, but doing it a bit at a time (but always doing more) we prevailed.  Once you learn a few of the basic rules, I have discovered that consistency is more importance than brilliance.
My two cents worth.
Gleason 3+3=6, T1c, one core in twelve, another pre-cancerous.
62 years old and good health.  Married 37 years.  To same woman!

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   Posted 1/25/2007 7:21 AM (GMT -6)   
hi guys - I agree that eating healthier is good for better health overrall, not just for PCa. I have also read the articles about pomegranate juice and have bought it for my sons to drink. I figure it doesn't hurt for them to start - both their grandfathers and their father has had PCa, so their chances are very good, too (unless a cure is found). Jeff is not interested in drinking it, but he is taking supplements, which include Prostate 2.2. this is a supplement especially formulated with Vit D, selenium, etc. it is available through and we had to give them a number that our doctor gave us. I was going to buy the supplements individually but decided it was easier to buy their formulation. but it does cost money, so if someone doesn't want to or have the money, I think adding more veggies and fruits will help, too. when you fill your plate, make half of it green, leafy veggies, 1/4 protein and 1/4 starch. that is an easy way to know you're eating properly. like Bill said, it does take time to retrain your palate, but you can do it. kat
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, 2nd post-surgery PSA test 0.1
no more pads Oct 12, 2006
first "real" erection with use of pump 12/16/06

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   Posted 1/25/2007 10:19 AM (GMT -6)   

Hey Guys and Girls,

Being a BFL "big fat load" myself I am really trying to cut back on all the "good stuff" in order to get healthy again. When I was told by my surgin to get my weight down before my RP I quit Bs & Ps (bread / beer & pasta / potatos.) With an Italian father and a German/Bellgum mother these were my favorites with meals or all alone. But just by stopping those favorite carbs I was able to loose 50lbs in 3 months before surgery. Of course after having succesful cancer surgery was a great reason to celebrate and along with the depression that followed I gained aprox. 65lbs. back! Note: I love to cook! I also buy all the groseries! Good for my family, everone tells me I'm a good cook! Bad for me! I love to eat what I cook and always cook what I like! So, getting myself back in order and after the hollidays I'm really trying to make healthy meals for myself and family. Now instead of loading the freezer with beef and pork, its chicken and fish. Instead of junkfood its fruits and veggies. I'm still having a big problem with the pasta but I'm trying the low carb and whole wheat kinds and they aren't too horrable. I make gravy (tomato maranara sause) at leat once a week and have to put it on something! Garlic & tomatos are good cancer weapons right? My Mom (a diabetic) swears by cinomin. She test her blood after eating carbs with and without cinomin and says it really helps cut down the sugars somehow. So I am taking cinomin capsules before meals now. My wife lost 9lbs over the hollidays using it! Well thats my game plan for now, we'll ssee what happens! I'm opent to any other suggestions if anyone has any???

Thanks, Your B.F.L. friend,


PS, My Doc told me that pomegrante juice has the same effects on some blood pressure & other meds as grapefruit juice so be caareful w/ that. I can't have either! 

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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   Posted 1/25/2007 2:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello to all,

I'm trying hard to eat the right foods: Veggies, fruit, unsalted nuts, and fish. I even have a BBQ recipe for salmon now thanks to Lee & Buddy. I'm also back to a regular daly walking regiment. One thing is for sure in my next life I'll come back as a chipmunk or rabbit, not a wolf or mountain lion.

Diagnosed at age 60
PSA went from 2.2 to 3.8 in 14 months
2 of 14 cores positive at 10%
Gleason 6(3+3), negative DRE, neg. boundaries
DaVinci surgery on 02/23/06

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Date Joined Feb 2007
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   Posted 2/3/2007 6:26 PM (GMT -6)   
The NCI website stresses increasing calories before begining any treatment, including surgery. My husband has been trying to eat healthier by cutting some things like a little cheese on brocalli or eggs, however this website says to add them. Any advise?
Kurt & Courtney
47 year old
Great Health prior to dx
Dx on 1/29/07
PSA 4.1
Gleason 3+3=6, both lobes
Stage T2c, I believe
Tumor involves 20% of cores, both lobes
Looking for Surgeon with lots of da Vinci experience
Live in OK, willing to travel

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