Category: Prostate cancer

Link between Vitamin D and prostate cancer


http://www.harvardprostateknowledge.org/low-vitamin-d-tied-aggressive-prostate-cancer

https://www.vitamindcouncil.org/health-conditions/prostate-cancer/

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/03/150322080155.htm

when men with low-grade prostate cancer took vitamin D supplements for a year, 55 percent of them showed decreased Gleason scores or even complete disappearance of their tumors compared to their biopsies a year before (J. Clin. Endocrinol. Metab., 2012, DOI: 10.1210/jc.2012-1451). – SOURCE

http://www.webmd.com/prostate-cancer/news/20160302/low-vitamin-d-levels-may-signal-more-aggressive-prostate-cancer#1
Compared with white men, Blacks have a higher incidence of prostate cancer. Comparatively, their disease is more aggressive, which leads to higher mortality rates. Hollis noted that Black men also exhibit a high prevalence for vitamin D deficiency. [Source]

https://www.healthafter50.com/prostate/article/aggressive-prostate-cancer-and-low-vitamin-d

http://www.albany.edu/news/13412.php

http://militarymedicine.amsus.org/doi/pdf/10.7205/MILMED-D-12-00540
“veterans who were initially vitamin D deficient were significantly less likely to survive than those who were not initially deficient” – source

http://www.drmagaziner.com/vitamin-d-deficiency-increased-risk-prostate-cancer/

 

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How long does it normally take to return to work after prostate surgery?

Notes:

My urologist performed a radical retropubic prostectomy on Tuesday, Jan 6th and I was back working on Monday Jan 12th. I’m fortunate enough to telecommute, so I’m working from home for a while. [Source]

You should not plan to go back to work for 2 to 3
weeks after surgery. This will depend on the kind
of work you do and how fast you heal. Your
surgeon can tell you more about going back to
work. [source]

After prostatectomy, take it easy for the first few weeks. Do not lift anything over 10 pounds or engage in any strenuous activity, as this could cause serious, long-term complications. If you have a desk job, you should be able to return to work after three to four weeks. prostate cancer survivors who return to work are as productive on the job as other workers. [source]\

Most men get back to normal a few weeks after the prostate surgery and you should be able to return to work within six to eight weeks. This will depend on the physical demands of your job. Take your doctor’s advice about when you are ready. [Source]

Some people take five months to return to work [Source]

You may feel surprisingly good after the surgery, but don’t go overboard. “Too many patients want to prove their manliness,” Thrasher says. “They need to rest and give their wounds a chance to heal.” He tells patients not to lift anything heavier than 10 to 15 pounds for at least six weeks. Many patients can quickly return to work, as long as it’s not too strenuous, he says. [Source]

As soon as you’re free of the catheter you’ll probably feel fine being back at work. [Source]

 

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How is the prostate removed through a hole in robotic surgery?

The holes in robotic surgery are quite small (generally 5 cuts/ holes)

“a few small holes in the skin, each roughly the size of a dime. A small plastic tube known as a “port” is inserted in each hole to keep a channel open for laparoscopic Port Placement image tools to reach through.” [Source]

The prostate is a largish organ. How is it removed through these small holes?

It appears the removed prostate is put into a metallic mesh bucket at the end and sucked out by the machine through the hole. Presumably some cancer cells might get pushed off during this process?

The video below shows some portions of material being dumped into a “bucket” at 53 minutes 45 seconds or so.

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Focal laser therapy + Nanoknife for prostate cancer in Australia

“What we are doing with prostate cancer now is like using a sledgehammer to kill a flea.” [Source]

“This focal therapy provides a middle ground for men to choose between radical prostatectomy and active surveillance, between doing nothing and losing the prostate,” Marks said. “This is a new and exciting concept for prostate cancer treatment.” [Source]

Focal therapies are less invasive than prostatectomy and therefore carry fewer risks and side effects are greatly reduced: – Fewer complications (such as bleeding, infection, injury to other organs, risk of death), reduced pain, shorter recovery along with reduced aftercare and rehabilitation.

Focal therapies are new methods of treatment which have recently been made possible through more precise diagnostics and improved MRI technologies. The idea behind this technique is that only the cancerous tissue is treated so that as much healthy prostate tissue as possible is retained. [Source]

Laser ablation generates intense heat that completely encompasses the targeted area. [Source]. Also see this.

IN AUSTRALIA

Macquarie University

NANOKNIFE – $30,000

http://www.smh.com.au/national/health/prostate-cancer-patients-zapped-with-electricity-in-new-treatment-20151118-gl1ybg.html

BUT CANCER RETURNS QUITE A BIT: “in a study of 25 patients, in 76 per cent of cases the cancer had not returned after eight months.”

 

 

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Any proven way to reduce the spread/ metastasis of prostate cancer?

CLINICAL TRIAL

http://trials.cancervic.org.au/details.aspx?ID=vctl_actrn12612000523808

 

This is a cut paste. Analysis later.

CARROTS

Contains amygdalin [Source] – assuming it works!

  • bean sprouts
  • beans
  • raw almonds

CUT WEIGHT!!!

obese men with prostate cancer are more likely to have aggressive tumours.  prostate cancer cells were more likely to invade nearby tissue when mice were obese  – this was due to the presence of more fat tissue. [Source]

ASPIRIN – MEDICAL OBSERVATIONAL STUDY

“We found that regular aspirin intake after prostate cancer diagnosis decreased the risk of prostate cancer death by almost 40 percent,” Among men with prostate cancer, regular aspirin use after diagnosis was associated with a 39 percent lower risk of dying from prostate cancer.  [Source]

Allard speculated that aspirin’s ability to suppress platelets in the blood — which is why aspirin can cause bleeding as a side effect — might help explain how aspirin could prevent the lethal progression of prostate cancer.

“Platelets probably shield circulating cancer cells from immune recognition,” he said. “By depleting those platelets, you’re allowing the immune system to recognize the cancer.”

Allard added that aspirin likely helps prevent the cancer from spreading to other areas of the body, such as the bone.

In the study, men without a diagnosis of prostate cancer who took more than three aspirin tablets a week had a 24 percent lower risk of getting a lethal prostate cancer.

NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE RECOMMENDATIONS ON DIET

foods and dietary supplements to lower the risk of developing prostate cancer or for treating prostate cancer,

  1. pomegranate
  2. processed tomato
  3. Vitamin D
  4. Selenium

OMEGA-3

eating a diet rich with omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid could stop the spread of prostate cancer, but omega-6 fatty acids appear to promote the spread [Source] = READ THIS STUDY IN FULL.

freeze-dried black raspberries and strawberries [Source].

UNPROVEN

B17

Patients’ story: https://cancercompass.com/message-board/message/all,31581,0.htm

CUT DOWN ANIMAL FATS??

Arachidonic acid (AA) – a type of omega-6 fatty acid found in meat and fish. Cancer cells exposed to AA became rounder in shape and sprouted projections which helped them squeeze through gaps in surrounding tissue. But treating the cells with statins prevented the changes, says a report in the British Journal of Cancer. [Source]

ANTI-DEPRESSANTS [Source]

 

vascular-targeted photodynamic therapy (VTP),

In a broad clinical trial at 47 treatment sites across 10 different European countries, 49 percent of patients with early prostate cancer that were treated with VTP went into complete remission, compared with 13.5 percent in the control group. [Source]  – but this is not necessarily superior.

Focal Laser Ablation

Focal Laser Ablation

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