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Each year over 400,000 men in the United States alone undergo prostate
surgery and over a billion dollars a year are spent on prostate treatment.
Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of death for men after lung cancer.
90% of prostate cancer goes undetected until it is untreatable and has spread
to the lymphatic system. By the age of 50, 35% of men have cancer cells in
semi-annual checks can often detect problems early.
Proscar and other leading prescription drugs are highly dangerous and
according to the United States, the Veteran's Administration may be no more
effective than natural remedies.
Surgery often results in incontinence and impotence. Following surgery
many men are required to wear diapers, suffer castration, and never have sex
again, so make surgery your final choice.
Natural supplements can be effective in treating and preventing prostate
problems. Beta-Sitosterol is the common denominator in saw palmetto, along with
our other ingredients all work synergistically to fight prostate ailments. Take
this supplement if you are over the age of 35 years of age.*
Complete Guide to Prostate Health…
What is the prostate?
Everything you need to know to minimize prostate problems and steps to
take when symptoms occur.
What is the prostate?
The prostate is a doughnut-shaped cluster of glands located at the bottom
of the bladder about halfway between the rectum and the base of the penis. It
encircles the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder out through
the penis. The walnut-sized gland produces most of the fluid in semen.
Contraction of the muscles in the prostate squeezes fluid from the prostate into
the urethral tract during ejaculation. It makes up the bulk of the ejaculate
and nourishes and transports the sperm.
Cancer of the prostate is the leading cause of cancer death among
non-smoking American men and African-American men are 2 ½ times more likely to
get the disease than any other ethnic group in the world. It is still unknown
exactly why African-American men have the highest incidence of prostate cancer
in the world. Research has shown, though, that they typically develop the
disease earlier than white Americans, but are diagnosed with it later, so their
mortality rate is much higher than that of whites. One of every eight
African-American men will develop the disease in his lifetime. It is primarily
a disease of aging. Men in their thirties and forties rarely develop prostate
cancer, but the incidence increases steadily after the age of fifty-five.
Approximately 80 percent of all cases occur in men over the age of sixty-five
and by the age of eighty, 80 percent of all men have prostate cancer to some degree.
The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 381,000 new cases of
prostate cancer will be diagnosed in 1998 and over 41,000 men will die of the
disease. A male baby born today has a 13 percent chance of developing prostate
cancer at some time in his life and a 3 percent chance of dying from the
disease. Many experts feel that every man will eventually develop prostate
cancer if he lives long enough. The three most common prostate problems are:
infection (prostatitis), prostate enlargement (benign prostatic hypertrophy),
and prostate cancer.
Currently, both the American Urological Association and the American
Cancer Society recommend annual rectal exams as part of a man’s annual health
checkup for all men from ages 40 to 70, and beginning at age 40 for men at high
risk (African-American men and those with a family history of the disease) and
all men 50 and over add a PSA blood test every year as well. According to Dr.
Crawford, these guidelines might need to be redefined. When prostate cancer is
detected and treated in its early stages, it has a high cure rate. They
encourage discussing the options with your medical care practitioner.
Based on past screenings conducted during Prostate Cancer Awareness Week,
Dr. Crawford and his colleagues have observed that in men ages 50 to 59, the
prostate cancer detection rate was the same regardless of whether they were
screened every year or every two years. For men between the ages of 60 and 70,
though, the prostate cancer rate was higher if they only were screened every
two years versus annually. Therefore, it may only be necessary for normal-risk
men in their 50s to be screened every other year. Dr. Crawford also suggests
that high-risk men between the ages of 35 and 39 and normal-risk men between
the ages of 45 and 49 should get a baseline PSA test. This recommendation is
based on PCAW data revealing that the majority of positive biopsies in
high-risk men screened between the ages of 40 and 49 were detected in their
first year of screening. Further studies indicated that 95 percent of all
prostate cancers among high-risk men were found in the first two years of a
man’s screenings. "Because we have no cure for advanced prostate cancer,
early diagnosis and treatment are essential," Dr. Crawford said.
"Asymptomatic men can ‘choose to know’ if they have prostate cancer so
that they can ‘know to choose’ from treatment alternatives that can cure their
cancer." Because early prostate cancer usually does not have any symptoms,
it is extremely difficult to detect without testing. In fact, screenings using
both PSA and DRE tests have proven to be the only reliable method of
identifying the disease when it can be cured most easily. Currently, 58 percent
of all cases are discovered while the cancer is still localized and at its most
curable stage. You doctor can detect prostate cancer by digital rectal
examination (don’t die from embarrassment) and by a PSA (prostate-specific
antigen) blood test.
Prostatitis, common in men of all ages, if the inflammation of the
prostate gland. The usual cause is infectious bacteria that invade the prostate
from another area of the body. Hormonal changes associated with aging may also
be a cause. The inflammation can result in urine retention. This causes the
bladder to become distended, weak, tender and susceptible to infection.
Infection in the bladder is in turn early transmitted up the urethras to the
There are two types of prostate infection, acute and chronic. Acute
infections come on suddenly and have some or all of the following symptoms: Fever
and chills, pain and burning on urination and ejaculation, strong and frequent
urge to urinate while passing only small amounts of urine, lower back or
abdominal pain, blood in the urine (occasionally). Symptoms of chronic
prostatitis are usually milder than those o an acute infection and fever and
chills are usually not present. Either infection may occur with a urinary tract
Sometimes, men will have painful urinary symptoms without infection. This
condition may be called prostatodynia and is often related to stress or
anxiety. Prostate infections usually respond well to home care and antibiotic
treatment. If the infection recurs, long-term antibiotic treatment may be
Options for the home
Drink as much water as you can tolerate
Eliminate all alcohol and caffeine from your diet.
Hot baths help soothe pain and reduce stress Aspirin or Ibuprofen may
help ease painful urinary symptoms
Consider daily supplementation of natural nutritional products which
contain Saw Palmetto, or better yet Beta-Sitosterol which is a derivative of
Saw Palmetto only many hundred times the potency.
See Other Treatment
If the prostate is infected, treatment with antibiotics and Analgesics
may be necessary.
Although antibiotics are often used to treat prostatitis, the long-term
use of such drugs can lead to bacterial resistance, which in turn necessitates
more potent drugs, more expense, and more medical complications.
Natural ways to
Increase your fluid intake to as much as 8 to 12 glasses per day. You are
drinking enough when you are urinating more often than usual. Extra fluids help
flush the urinary tract clean.
Avoid alcohol and caffeine. Caffeine can cause a strong and frequent urge
to urinate. Remember that colas contain caffeine as well as coffee and tea. Keep
stress under control. A high level of stress is closely associated with prostatodynia.
Consider daily supplementation of natural nutritional products which contain
Saw Palmetto, or better yet Beta-Sitosterol which is a derivative of Saw
Palmetto only many hundred times the potency.
(Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy)
As men age, the prostate may enlarge. This seems to be a natural process
and is not really a disease. Benign prostatic hypertrophy is the gradual
enlargement of the prostate. It occurs in approximately half of all men over
the age of fifty and three-quarters of men over seventy years of age - a total
of about 10 million American men - and is largely attributable to hormonal
changes associated with aging. After the age of fifty or so, a man’s
testosterone and free testosterone levels decrease while the levels of other
hormones, such as prolactin and estradiol, increase. This creates an increase
in the amount of dihydrotestosterone - a very potent form of testosterone -
within the prostate. This causes hyperplasia (overproduction) of prostate
cells, which ultimately results in prostate enlargement. While not cancerous,
however, as the gland gets bigger, it tends to squeeze the urethra and cause
urinary problems. If it becomes too large, it obstructs the urethral canal,
interfering with urination and the ability to empty the bladder completely.
Because the bladder cannot empty completely, the kidneys also may not empty, as
they should. Dangerous pressure on the kidneys can result. In severe cases, the
kidneys may be damaged both by pressure and by substances in the urine. Bladder
infections are associated with both prostatitis and enlarged prostate.
The major symptom of enlargement of the prostate is the need to pass
urine frequently, with frequency increasing as time goes on. A man may find
himself rising several times during the night to urinate. There can also be
pain, burning and difficulty in starting and stopping urination. The presence
of blood in the urine is not uncommon.
An enlarged prostate gland is not a serious problem unless urination
becomes extremely difficult, or backed-up urine causes bladder infections or
kidney damage. Some dribbling is very common and not necessarily a sign of
Surgery is usually not necessary for an enlarged prostate. Although
surgery used to be a common treatment, recent research shows that most cases of
prostate enlargement do not get worse over time as previously thought. Many men
find that their symptoms are stable and some even clear up on their own. In
these cases, the best treatment is no treatment at all. Drugs are available
that may help improve symptoms in some men and supplements have been proven to
be beneficial in most cases. Your doctor or health practitioner can advise you
on the various treatment options.
Avoid antihistamines and decongestants, which can make urinary problems
If you are bothered by a frequent urge to urinate at night, cut down on
beverages, especially alcohol and caffeine, before bedtime.
Don’t postpone urinating, and take plenty of time. Try sitting on the
toilet instead of standing.
If dribbling after urination is a problem, wash your penis once a day to
Consider daily supplementation of natural nutritional products which
contain Saw Palmetto, or better yet Beta-Sitosterol which is a derivative of
Saw Palmetto only many hundred times the potency.
An enlarged prostate may be treated surgically with a procedure called
transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP). This should be your last
consideration only after all other methods have failed. About 350,000 TURPs
were done in the United States in 1990. Side effects of the procedure include retrograde
ejaculation (in which the semen is pumped back up into the bladder) and in some
cases impotence or incontinence. About 15 percent of men who have the procedure
need another operation within eight years. Note: many natural treatment
advocates suggest that 60 to 80% of the surgical procedures performed in The U.S are unnecessary, so be sure to get a second opinion before you go under the
Engaging in sexual intercourse while the prostate is infected and
irritated may further irritate the prostate and delay recovery.
Zinc deficiency is linked to enlargement of the prostate. The soil used for
farming is often deficient in zinc, and unless you eat hulks of cereals or
brewer’s yeast, it is difficult to get enough zinc in the diet. Alcohol causes
a deficiency of zinc and other serious nutritional deficiencies. However, too
much zinc (over 100 milligrams a day) can depress immune function. Men's prostate
supplements add zinc so look for one that has around 15mg.which is the
recommended daily requirement.
men aged forty or over should have a semiannual rectal examination, during
which the prostate gland is checked. If you don't like them doing it with a probing device, which most of us don't like, then look into the NEW scan version, safe and probably more effective: Read all about it here: MD
Anderson – Univ of Texas: Colonoscopy vs Virtual Colonoscopy
Prevention of acute
Prostatitis and Enlarged Prostate (BPH)
Ways to prevent acute
prostatitis and enlarged prostate:
Acute inflammation or enlargement of the prostate gland often responds to
certain herbal teas. If no improvement takes place or if the symptoms recur,
consult your urologist.
Take steps to reduce your blood cholesterol level. Studies have shown a connection
between high cholesterol and prostate disorders. Cholesterol has been shown to
accumulate in enlarged or cancerous human prostates. The aforementioned
Beta-Sitosterol has s significant impact on reducing cholesterol so you get an
additional benefit beyond treating your prostate problem.
may be employed by herbalists.
Research now shows that this safe, simple preparation may equal widely
prescribed pharmaceutical preparations in treating BPH, without the side
effects. Other herbs that contribute to prostate health are also reviewed in
Christopher Hobbs book: Saw Palmetto: The herb for prostate health and are
explained in detail.
Use hydrotherapy to
increase circulation in the prostate region.
One method involves sitting in a tub that contains the hottest water
tolerable for fifteen to thirty minutes once or twice a day. Another form of
hydrotherapy involves spraying the lower abdomen and pelvic area with warm and
cold water, alternating between three minutes of hot water and one minute of
cold. Still another technique involves sitting in hot water while immersing the
feet in cold water for three minutes, and then sitting in cold water while
immersing the feet in hot water for one minute.
Eat 1 to 4 ounces of raw pumpkin seeds every day. Pumpkin seeds are
helpful for almost all prostate troubles because they are rich in zinc. As an
alternative, pumpkin seed oil can be taken in capsule form.
Eliminate from your lifestyle such items as tobacco, alcoholic beverages
(especially beer and wine), caffeine (especially coffee and tea), chlorinated
and fluoridated water, spicy and junk foods, and tomato and tomato products.
Limit your exposure to pesticides and other environmental contaminants.
If you have prostatitis, increase your fluid intake. Drink two to three
quarts of spring or distilled water daily to stimulate urine flow. This helps
to prevent cystitis and kidney infection as well as dehydration.
Get regular exercise. Do not ride a bicycle, however; this may put pressure
on the prostate. Walking is good exercise.
If your prostate is enlarged, be cautious about using over-the-counter
cold and allergy remedies. Many of these products contain ingredients that can
inflame the condition and cause urinary retention.
Avoid exposure to very cold weather.
Although it is relatively common, in most cases prostate cancer is a slow-growing cancer. Most prostate cancers arise in the rear portion of the prostate
gland; the rest originate near the urethra. Prostate cancers double in mass
every six years, on average.
The disease often causes no symptoms at all until it reaches an advanced
stage and/or spreads outside the gland. Or it could be one or more of the
following: Pain or a burning sensation during urination, frequent urination, a
decrease in the size and force of urine flow, an inability to urinate, blood in
the urine, and continuing lower back, pelvic or suprapubic discomfort. However,
these symptoms most often are caused not by cancer but by benign enlargement or
inflammation of the prostate. That’s why professional evaluation and diagnosis
is so necessary.
The rate of prostate cancer in the U.S. is rising. In part, this is due
to the aging of our population. Just a generation ago, the life expectancy for
white men was sixty-five years; today, it is close to eighty years. However,
the rate of prostate cancer is rapidly rising in all men, even those under
fifty. This is significant because, in general, the younger a man is when he is
diagnosed with prostate cancer, the worse his prognosis. The increase in prostate
cancer among younger men points to the role of diet and exposure to
environmental toxins in the development of the disease.
African-American men have the highest incidence of prostate cancer, while
Asian American has the lowest. Men with a family history of prostate cancer
also run a higher risk of developing the disease. The incidence is higher among
married men than it is among unmarried men. Also at increased risk are men who
have had recurring prostate infections, those with a history of venereal disease,
and those who have taken testosterone. Researchers have also found a link
between a high-fat diet and prostate cancer. This may be due to the fact that
heavy fat consumption raises testosterone levels, which could then stimulate the growth of the prostate, including any cancer cells it may be harboring.
Exposure to cancer-causing chemicals increases risk as well. Some experts
believe that vasectomy may increase a man’s chances of developing prostate
cancer. And, while it isn’t conclusive, some medical professionals are
recommending to have the vasectomy reversed.
It is believed by most that there is no way to prevent the disease, but
early detection can make it possible to catch the cancer before it spreads to
other parts of the body. A careful rectal exam of the prostate is the simplest
and most cost-effective and (most painful) approach for detecting prostate
cancer. The American Urologic Association recommends that every man have an
annual exam beginning at least by age forty. The American Cancer Society no
longer recommends testing. They suggest discussing the options with your health
A blood test to detect elevated levels of a substance called
prostate-specific antigen (PSA) is an accepted screening test for prostate
cancer. PSA is currently the most valuable "tumor marker" available
to diagnose and evaluate the effectiveness of therapy for prostate cancer. A
PSA test result between 0 and 4 is considered to be within the normal range; a
PSA over 10 is assumed to indicate cancer until proven otherwise. High PSA
levels can be caused by factors other than cancer, including benign enlargement
or inflammation of the prostate, an activity as innocuous as bicycle riding, or
even the rectal exam itself. If your PSA level is found to be high, the test
should always be repeated, because it does yield false-positive or
false-negative results an estimated 10 to 20 percent of the time. Having the
test repeated every year may help a physician to better interpret the results;
in healthy men, PSA levels tend to remain relatively stable, rising only
gradually from year to year, while cancer causes the levels to rise more
Ultrasound scanning of the prostate is often done to follow up on an
abnormal rectal exam or PSA test. Other diagnostic tests including computerized
tomography (CT) scans, bone scans, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may be
necessary but are costly. Ultimately, if the test results point consistently to
the presence of cancer, a tissue diagnosis must be done to confirm it. This can
be done only by microscopic examination of a needle biopsy, preferably directed
under ultrasound control. Repeated biopsies may be needed in some cases. This
invasive procedure may itself cause complications. Bleeding, urinary retention,
impotence, and sepsis (blood poisoning) have been reported.
Some of the treatment
options for prostate cancer:
If the disease is caught early, treatment is usually successful. If the
cancer has spread beyond the prostate, however, it is difficult to treat and
cure. Unfortunately, prostate cancer can be difficult to diagnose in its early
stages. Many cases are diagnosed only after the cancer has spread outside the
gland. Once this happens, the survival rate over the next five years is about
40 percent. If the disease spreads to the lymph nodes, bones or other organs,
the chances of survival drop to 20 percent.
Berries such as Saw Palmetto or Beta-sitosterol a concentrated form of
Saw Palmetto help protect DNA from damage and mutation that may result in
Experimental therapies such as cryoablation (freezing of cancer cells)
and laser surgery are sometimes used in prostate cancer treatment.
If the cancer has spread into the capsule of the gland, the standard approach
is some form of radiation therapy. Ten-year survival rates are 50 to 60
percent. Try to avoid radiation therapy which leaves men impotent 50 percent of
the time. It may also adversely affect the bladder and rectum.
If the disease is confined to the prostate and a man is healthy and under
seventy years old, removal of the gland (radical prostatectomy) is often
recommended. but consider about 50 percent of men who have this done, even with
the new "nerve-sparing" techniques, become impotent. Significant
incontinence occurs in up to 25 percent of cases. Watchful waiting, with
nutritional support and lifestyle change, is becoming the preferred approach if
the cancer is in the early stages.
If the cancer has spread outside the gland, treatment is aimed at trying
to block the production of testosterone, which fuels cancer. This can be done
by means or orchiectomy (surgical removal of the testes) or by suppressing the
production and action of hormones. For the latter, either goserelin (Zoladex)
or leuprolide (Lupron) is given by monthly injections (they are fundamentally
the same drug); in addition, flutamide (Eulexin) is taken orally. Together,
these agents effectively shut down testosterone production and use by the body.
Both orchiectomy and hormone suppression cause impotence in nearly 100 percent
of the cases.
Estrogens have been used effectively for the treatment of prostate cancer
for sixty years. However, they can cause breast growth and other feminizing
effects, as well as cardiac complications.
Many consider prostate cancer to be one of the most overtreated diseases
in America. Physicians in Europe have long used a conservative nutritional
approach with comparable results. In addition, a 1994 report in The New England
Journal of Medicine reported on a large group of men who refused traditional
treatment. Surprisingly, they fared just as well as - and possibly better than
- men who did accept medical treatment. A conservative approach making critical
lifestyle and dietary changes and using nutritional supplementation may work
just as well.
Dr. Hans Nieper, a German cancer specialist, uses Carnivora, a substance
derived from a South American plant, to treat prostate cancer. Fresh cabbage
and carrot juices are used in clinics worldwide in cancer therapy.
A high-fat, low-fiber diet is linked not just to heart disease, but also
to prostate cancer. Chemical reactions occur when fat is cooked, leading to the
production of free radicals, which play a major role in certain cancers. It is
logical to assume that the accelerating increase in prostate cancer since the
1950s must be attributable at least in part to a parallel increase in fat
consumption in the U.S. According to the Journal of the National Cancer
Institute, men who eat red meat five times a week may have a risk of prostate
cancer that is nearly three times higher than that for men who eat red meat
less than once a week. Butter consumption also appears to contribute to this
disease. Researchers theorize that a diet high in fat raises the levels of testosterone and other hormones in the body, which
stimulate the prostate - and any cancerous cells in it - to grow. A high intake
of milk and coffee may also increase the risk of developing prostate cancer.
Research has shown that soybeans and soy products, such as tofu, soy four
and soymilk, have cancer-fighting powers due to the presence of a protein
called genistein. Genistein apparently retards tumor growth by preventing the
growth of new blood vessels to feed the tumor. It appears to be particularly
effective against prostate cancer, but also works against breast cancer in
women and colon cancer in both sexes.
In 1993, the Journal of the American Medical Association revealed a
connection between vasectomy and an increased risk of prostate cancer. Reported
studies of 48,000 and 29,000 men who had vasectomies showed a 66-percent and 56
percent higher rate of prostate cancer, respectively. The risk increased with
age and the number of years since the vasectomy was performed. Since then, a
panel called the National Institutes of Health found no biological
cause-and-effect relationship between vasectomy and prostate cancer. Not all
experts accept that finding, however.
A man with prostate cancer needs support and understanding from family
members, friends and physicians. Besides coming to grips with cancer and its
treatments, he also has to deal with the possible loss of sexual potency, which
can be very difficult. A number of the books listed in the reference section
below provide a great deal of detailed information and practical advice to help the man with prostate cancer and his family to
deal with the many difficult aspects of this disease.
Diet and nutrition are important not only for treatment but for
prevention. An anticancer diet is composed primarily of brown rice, fresh raw
fruits and vegetables, fresh juices, legumes, raw nuts and seeds, and whole
grains, and excludes alcohol, coffee, refined carbohydrates, and strong tea.
Regular intake of zinc (15 milligrams daily) beta-sitosterol (300 milligrams daily and essential fatty acids omega 3 oils, (in supplement form or from
cold-pressed sesame, safflower or olive oil) and fresh salmon in later life
also may help prevent the development of problems.
Since the prostate produces seminal fluid, there is a long-standing
belief that regular ejaculations (two or three times per week) will help
prevent an enlarged prostate. There is little scientific proof of this, but it
Diet is also a factor.
Some recommend to maintain a whole-foods diet:
Eat plenty of whole grains, raw nuts and seeds, and
unpolished brown rice. Millet cereal is a good source of protein. Eat wheat,
oats, and bran. Also, eat plenty of cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli,
Brussels sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower and yellow and deep orange vegetables
such as carrots, pumpkin, squash, and yams. This type of diet is important for
the prevention of cancer as well as for healing.
Include in the diet apples, fresh cantaloupe, all
kinds of berries, Brazil nuts, cherries, grapes, legumes (including chickpeas,
lentils, and red beans) and plums. All of these foods help to fight cancer.
Consume percent of men who have the procedure need
another operation within eight years affect the bladder and rectum, affect the
bladder and rectum, freshly made vegetable and fruit juices daily. Carrot and
cabbage juices are good choices.
Include in the diet foods that are high in zinc such
as. Zinc nourishes the prostate gland and is vital for proper immune function.
Restrict your intake of dairy products. Moderate
consumption of soured products such as low-fat yogurt and kefir is acceptable.
If you experience difficulty urinating or notice an
increasing trend toward waking up to urinate during the night, consult your
health care provider. This may indicate a prostatic obstruction.
Use cold-pressed organic oils such as sesame,
safflower or olive oil to obtain essential fatty acids.
Do not eat red meat. There is a define correlation
between high red meat consumption (five servings a week or more) and the
development of prostate cancer.
Eliminate from the diet alcoholic beverages, coffee
and all teas except for caffeine-free herbal teas.
Strictly avoid the following foods: junk foods,
processed refined foods, salt, saturated fats, sugar, and white flour. Instead
of salt, use a kelp or potassium substitute. If necessary, a small amount of
blackstrap molasses or pure maple syrup can be used as a natural sweetener in
place of sugar. Use whole wheat or rye instead of white flour.
Unless otherwise recommended, take vitamins and
other supplements daily with meals, with the exception of vitamin E, which
should be taken before meals. Consider taking supplements containing
Try to avoid all known carcinogens. Eat only organic
foods, if possible. Avoid tobacco smoke, polluted air, polluted water, noxious
chemicals, and food additives. Use only distilled water or reverse-osmosis-filtered
water. Municipal and well water can contain chlorine, fluoride and agricultural
Do not take any drugs except those that are
prescribed by your physician. Always seek counsel and alternative opinions
before deciding which treatments, if any, you will pursue.
Pain Management In most cases, pain is manageable. No one should have to
suffer, especially terminally ill cancer patients. And, while many of the major
pain killers like morphine are controlled by the federal government, and the
DEA has been very active in prosecuting doctor’s for alleged "over
prescription", many of these patients report that the pain is too great in
lower dosages. (See the film " and see what you think.)
AIDS and cancer patients have long reported the positive effect of
marijuana to reduce pain and improve the appetite, often an after effect of
chemotherapy. California and Arizona have passed laws allowing doctors to
prescribe marijuana for certain ailments. Even the New England Journal of
Medicine has favored doctors who prescribe marijuana.
However, the federal government, not really caring about people’s pain,
has threatened to charge any doctor prescribing it with a felony. Similar drugs
have not received the governments okay since they fear a person may become
addicted, which is seldom the case. Regardless of research to the contrary,
"Even if the person is dying, it seems that they (the government) would
rather see him die in pain rather than become an addict for the short time he
has to live," says Dr. Aubrey Pilgrim in his book A Revolutionary Approach
to Prostate Cancer. X-rays can be used to reduce or eliminate pain for some
time and Metastron (Stronitium 89) radiation works well on bone metastases.
Quadremet, which is a radioactive drug similar to Metasmon, has fewer side
effects and Novantrone is the first chemotherapy drug approved for the treatment of
pain from advanced hormone-refractory prostate cancer. For information, call
800.220.6302. Finally, there are a number of ways to deal with pain. If you
aren’t successful with your current doctor, find one who will help. No one
deserves to have to live in pain.
New Color Ultrasound
Improves Detection According to a recent article published in The Journal of
Urology, the use of color ultrasound improves the detection of prostate cancer.
Prostate cancer is a common cancer among men in the United States.
Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men in the United States. The prostate is a walnut-size gland that is located between the
bladder and rectum and forms a component of semen. Prostate-specific antigen
(PSA) levels (a protein produced by the prostate that is elevated when cancer
is present), a digital rectal exam (DRE) and transrectal ultrasound are common
tests used to detect prostate cancer. If any suspicious mass is found through
these tests, a patient must then undergo biopsies (the removal of a sample of
tissue) to definitively determine whether cancer exists. However, it is
imperative that a physician takes a biopsy from the area in the prostate where cancer exists to provide accurate diagnostic information. Physicians often
use endorectal ultrasound to help determine where in the prostate to take a
biopsy. Researchers are attempting to improve upon the accuracy of ultrasound
in the guidance of placement of biopsies, including the introduction of
contrast, which help physicians to discern between healthy looking tissue and
possible sites of cancer.
Enter Color Doppler
A new development in ultrasound involves the use of color Doppler imaging
with microbubble contrast so those physicians are better able to determine the
presence and exact location of a mass within the prostate. Doppler imaging can
sense differences in velocity (i.e. blood flow versus solid tissue) and
transmits these differences through different color pixels to create a picture
on a screen. Microbubbles are tiny bubbles of gas that can permeate through
small blood vessels without creating any harm. The microbubbles further enhance
imaging by increasing the intensity of the backscatter signal. Since blood vessels
and blood flow are more prevalent in cancerous tissues than regular tissues,
microbubbles tend to concentrate in cancer, which is revealed in the created
picture. This allows physicians to more accurately locate where biopsies should
The researchers concluded that microbubble- enhanced color Doppler used
for endorectal ultrasound improves the detection of prostate cancer and reduces
unnecessary biopsies, compared to color Doppler that is not enhanced. They also
state that this procedure is simple and not time-consuming. Patients suspected
of having prostate cancer may wish to speak with their physician about the
risks and benefits of microbubble- enhanced color Doppler in endorectal ultrasound for biopsy placement or the participation in a clinical trial
evaluating other novel screening approaches.
A researcher from France recently conducted a clinical study to determine
the effectiveness of contrast-enhanced color Doppler ultrasound using
microbubbles in determining biopsy sites in men suspected of having prostate
cancer. This trial included 85 men who underwent conventional Doppler and
microbubble-enhanced color Doppler during the biopsy procedure. The results
between the two were directly compared based on biopsy results.
Contrast-enhanced color Doppler had a 93% detection rate of prostate cancer
compared with only 54% for unenhanced color Doppler. Biopsies from areas of
the prostate that did not contain cancer occurred in 21% of biopsies under
Doppler that was not enhanced, compared with only 11% of biopsies under
Reference: Roy C, Buy X, Lang H, et al. Contrast enhances color Doppler
endorectal sonography of the prostate: efficiency for detecting peripheral zone
tumors and role for the biopsy procedure. The Journal of Urology. 2003;170:69-72.
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