It really doesn’t matter who you are, when your doctor utters those three little words, “You have cancer,” it feels like nothing will ever be normal again.
If you’re like a lot of folks, after the initial shock wears off some of your first coherent thoughts are about what you can do to fight the cancer.
That’s why so many men jump feet first into surgery, radiation or chemo as quickly as they can after getting a prostate cancer diagnosis.
But the results of a new study might have you reconsidering your prostate cancer action plan. Because according to researchers “action” could be the WORST choice you can make if you’re a man with a low-grade prostate tumor.
In fact, the best treatment for prostate cancer may be no treatment at all.
Treating low-grade prostate cancer could be a mistake
It turns out treating your tumor can expose you to far more risks—such as drug side effects and surgery complications—than the cancer itself ever would.
In fact, according to the new study simply having your doctor do nothing but monitor the tumor to make sure it doesn’t progress… a technique known as active surveillance… is the far better choice.
Guys who choose active surveillance don’t just have a much better quality of life than the men who undergo treatment. Stunningly their quality of life matches that of men who don’t have cancer at all.
In other words, that gnawing fear that nothing will ever be “normal” again can be tossed right out the window!
No treatment may be the best treatment for prostate cancer
Better still, long after the initial diagnosis active surveillance guys were living foot loose and fancy free, while the guys who took the treatment path were still suffering five and 10 years later.
And it’s really no wonder since two of the most popular conventional medicine treatments for prostate cancer—radical prostatectomy and radiotherapy—can lead to the two conditions most men would give just about anything to avoid… impotence and incontinence.
Guys who elect to have surgery end up with lower urinary and sexual function scores and are more likely to end up incontinent. And the men who have radiotherapy are saddled with more sexual side effects.
Even worse, the damage that is done can hang around, and in the worst cases the men may never fully recover.
In the end, guys who go for the “no treatment” approach to their slow-growing prostate tumors are much happier.
So gentlemen, if your doctor hands you a prostate cancer diagnosis one day try not to panic. Step back, breathe and remember that although prostate tumors can cause problems, slow-growing early stage tumors rarely do.
Keep in mind that men who opt for invasive surgeries or heavy duty meds tend to fair worse than guys who choose no treatment. And don’t forget just because you make the choice to do active surveillance doesn’t mean you can’t take steps to boost your health while you wait.
Start by doing a diet overhaul. It’s time to cut out all the processed and junk foods and replace them with fresh foods instead. And then consider adding some prostate-supporting supplements to your daily routine.
3 natural supplements to fight prostate cancer
This natural phytochemical is found in a number of foods including tomatoes, watermelon, papaya and grapefruit. Several studies have shown lycopene can help fight prostate cancer by
- slowing down the growth of tumors,
- reducing PSA levels
- and slashing PSA velocity.
2. Vitamin D:
Studies have shown that simple vitamin D can improve PSA levels in men with prostate cancer. In fact, the vitamin may even help some guys who have more advanced prostate cancer as well.
3. Modified Citrus Pectin:
Modified Citrus Pectin, or MCP, has been shown to cut PSA levels in men with prostate cancer. In addition, studies have shown that MCP can induce cancer cell death (apoptosis) and may be able to inhibit the growth and spread of cancer.
Although PSA levels aren’t always a useful measurement for determining if someone has prostate cancer or is at risk for it, when you already have a diagnosis they can help keep tabs on tumor growth. Keeping your PSA numbers in check could help you steer clear of ever needing to opt for harsh treatments.
“Metastatic Prostate Cancer in Men Initially Treated with Active Surveillance,” The Journal of Urology, 2015
“New model for active surveillance of prostate cancer tested,” 4/2016, EurekAlert.org
“Striking the Balance in Prostate Cancer: Active Surveillance Versus Disease Progression,” The American Journal of Managed Care, 4/13/2016
“Active surveillance in Canadian men with low-grade prostate cancer,” Canadian Medical Association Journal, 2016
Dr. Mark Stengler has appeared as a medical expert on FOX, CBS, NBC and hosts his own weekly PBS TV show, “Natural Healing with Mark Stengler.”
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Dr. Stengler completed premed studies at Mt. Royal College and the University of Calgary, and graduated from naturopathic medical school at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon. He is Board Certified in Integrative Medicine.
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