Prostate cancer. Those words strike fear in our hearts. Maybe that’s why so many men are quick to accept the most extreme course of action, allowing doctors to jump straight to a “slash and burn” approach.
At the first mention of “the C-word,” you may be willing to sign up for risky surgery… sickening chemotherapy… or dangerous and damaging radiation.
And gentlemen, if you’re dealing with a prostate cancer diagnosis, those treatments can mean accepting a lifetime of having trouble “down there” in both the bathroom AND the bedroom.
You might even develop secondary cancers as a result!
But two new studies confirm what I’ve been telling you all along: If you’ve been diagnosed with early stage, low-risk prostate cancer, your best bet may be to monitor the cancer, not to rush into treatment.
In the first study – the largest of its kind, published in the New England Journal of Medicine – 82,000 men with early stage prostate cancer were split into three groups: surgery, radiation, and active monitoring. After 10 years, 99 per cent of the men were still alive – regardless of how they did or did not treat their cancer.
I’ll say it another way: the group that chose to actively monitor the cancer were NO more likely to die than those who went under the knife or suffered through radiation.
Isn’t that the point of getting those miserable treatments in the first place – to increase your chances of survival?
The second study reveals that Swedes have already embraced the reality that clinical studies have been backing for years now: Active surveillance of localised tumours is no less safe than cutting or zapping them.
In a recent study of nearly 33,000 Swedish men with low-risk prostate cancer, the rate of patients choosing active surveillance over treatment increased from 57 per cent to a whopping 91 per cent over a five-year period.
And the patients’ quality of life can be worlds better, as they avoid the urinary and erectile problems that so often come with the aggressive treatments that many people tend to opt for first.
If you or your loved ones are uneasy about foregoing immediate treatment, please know that we’re not talking about a do-nothing approach. Active surveillance involves regular blood tests and screening for tumors to see if the cancer has progressed.
Meanwhile, there are a number of ways you can take up arms against cancer on the home front:
• Exercise daily: Research shows the adrenaline released when you exercise can trigger an immune response that actually shrinks tumours. Plus, regular exercise over time can dramatically reduce your risk for getting prostate cancer.
• Supplement with cancer fighters: Quercetin, modified citrus pectin, and curcumin are all proven to reduce chronic inflammation and support your immune system to do its job fighting cancer cells.
• Reduce your toxic load: Exploding cancer rates are linked the thousands of toxic chemicals that we all come in contact with every day in our environment. A holistic doctor can help you find ways to reduce chemical exposure from your food and water, cleaning products, personal care products, and plastics.Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
Monitoring may be better for prostate cancer, webmd.com/prostate-cancer/news/20161020/monitoring-not-treatment-may-be-better-for-some-prostate-cancer-patients