Prostate Cancer Prognosis
From an Integrative Medicine Perspective
prognosis has changed dramatically in the past few years. Prognosis is a medical term for predicting
the likely outcome of one’s current diagnosis.
It used to be that in, many cases, the treatment was worse than the
disease. That no longer needs to be the
case with alternative cancer treatment. In fact, for some patients, no
treatment at all is recommended.
No Two Cancers Are Alike
No two cancers
are alike. Depending on the age of the patient and the type of prostate cancer
(most are very slow growing) and the stage it is found at, the latest studies
indicate the patient is more likely to die with the cancer than from the cancer
and it is estimated that many people have been over treated.
A “Gleason score”
is determined by the appearance of the types of cells found in the cancer when
it is biopsied. The higher the Gleason
score, the more aggressive the cancer is.
The more aggressive it is, the more it needs to be treated.
treatment, for a long time, has been surgery (removal of the prostate gland by a
number of different techniques) followed by radiation.
Chemotherapy has also been used if the cancer
has spread and the stage is more advanced.
Common “extra” effects of these therapies have included incontinence
(loss of bladder control), impotence (loss of ability to function sexually),
severe fatigue, loss of hair and decrease in immune function.
Prostate Cancer Prognosis and
At Reno Integrative Medical Center we
consider it essential to maintain and improve the strength and balance of the
immune system if a patient is ever going to eliminate the cancer.
The therapies we use not only increase the
strength of the immune system but have very specific ways of helping it then
“decloak” and destroy the abnormal cancer cells.
include IPT (intelligent use of chemo drugs),UBI (recognized by the FDA), GcMAF (Macrophage Activating
Factor), TCRP (T-cell rich plasma), a type of dendritic cell vaccine therapy and Salicinium (A false sugar used to starve cancer cells).
By Robert A. Eslinger, D.O., H.M.D.
Most men who are taking the drug Lupron (or one of its close relatives) hate it. The reason is it turns men into women (hormonally). It is used to block the testosterone receptors that promote the growth of prostate cancer cells.
Fortunately there is a supplement (and dietary intake) that can offer an alternative. The cruciferous vegetables, such as cabbage and broccoli are particularly rich sources of compounds such as indole-3-carbinol which have been associated with reduced tumor occurrence in both humans and experimental animals.
This chemical is found in vegetables such as cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, brussel sprouts, kale, collards, mustard greens, radishes, watercress and turnips.
DIM (Diindolylmethane) is the principal breakdown product of indole-3-carbinol in the body once it is absorbed through the digestive system. It has been shown in scientific studies to reduce the risk of prostate and other hormone-driven cancers by helping the body to make a better balance of the hormones.
According to Michael Zeligs, M.D., author of “All About DIM”, a recent study of Seattle men showed that three or more servings of cruciferous vegetables a week can reduce prostate cancer risk by almost half!
Androgen (testosterone) receptors control growth, proliferation and differentiation in the prostate and are expressed in nearly all human prostate cancers. Studies have shown that DIM represses androgen expression and responsiveness as a part of an anti-growth effect on the cancer cells!
These studies have shown that DIM not only slows the growth of human prostate cancer cells, it directly kills or promotes the death of these cells.
Besides being the active phytonutrient promoting beneficial estrogen metabolism, DIM has recently been shown to actually treat breast cancer in animals!
DIM appears to work in several ways. First it facilitates the conversion of estrogen to a less cancer promoting form. Second, it partially blocks the bad effects of estrogen and testosterone on cells. Third, it directly kills or inhibits cancer cells. And fourth, it reduces levels of free radicals, which can promote cancer by damaging DNA.
All this and no side effects of any sort are seen when pure DIM is used, even in huge doses. Even when a usual dose of 40mg/day is increased to 450mg/day in human subjects!
A Patient's Story
A patient from
Idaho, with a prostate cancer prognosis, came to us a year ago with Stage 4 prostate cancer that had spread to the
bone. He had been sent home to die by
his Oncologist and could barely get out of bed.
He entered our program because, as he told his doctor at home, “I’ve got
nothing to lose”. He did so well, he
spent this past summer building a barn at home…by himself! A recent bone scan and cancer marker blood
tests have shown him to be cancer free!
Our goal is to
end up with a healthy patient at the end of treatment, not just the elimination
of a tumor.
Just as no two
cancers are alike, no two patients are alike.
For that reason, prognosis (educated guess) does not carry a lot of
weight for us.
About Prostate Cancer
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