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Living with Prostate Cancer

What Is The Prostate?

The Prostate is a small gland that encircles the neck of the bladder and the tube that carries urine from the bladder. The prostate is found in men and adds fluid to sperm before ejaculation. In about 60% of men over 50 the prostate becomes enlarged and restricts urine flow. The condition is painless but frustrating to live with.

More than 30% of men over 50 may already have it, but it is slow growing and doesn’t cause immediate health problems. Doctors recommend a yearly rectal exam for all men over 40.

Annual exams by your primary physician is how Prostate Cancer was found in my husband. His Urologist was upset because he was examined a week ago but not detected. The cancer was so aggressive and he had no symptoms. The doctor felt a firm nodule while doing the rectal exam.

Symptoms

1. Painful urination with low back/leg pain, fever, pelvic pain
2. Feel urge to urinate but can’t get a stream started.
3. Urine stream is weak and you dribble.
4. Repeatedly urinating 2 to 3 times a night.
5. Urinary retention.
6. Doctor feels a nodule during rectal exam suggests prostatic malignancy
7. Firm and nodular irregular prostate suggests prostate cancer
8. Inflamed, swollen, infected prostate gland, under the scrotum and testes
9. Impotence
10. Lack of libido – sexual desire
11. Unusual sleepiness and/or fatigue
12. Painful ejaculation
13. Later stage symptoms
a. bladder outlet obstruction – scar tissue
b. ureter obstruction – blockage in ureter tube
c. hematuria – blood in urine
d. pyuria – white blood cells in urine.
e. metastases to the pelvis and lumbar spine may cause bone pain
f. widespread bone metastases results in death

Tests

1. PSA Blood Level – increased serum acid phosphatase, normal after treatment
but if level rises the cancer is back
2. Cystoscopy
a. Diagnostic for inspection and removal of biopsy specimens
b. therapeutically to do radiation seed implants to tumor
3. Trans rectal prostatic ultrasound – detects a mass, biopsy confirms

Treatments

1. Surgical removal
2. Radiation seed implants
3. Radiation therapy
4. Hormone therapy
5. cryosurgery – freezing using liquid nitrogen

Common Causes

1. Poor diet with too little fiber, too much spicy, acid, fried foods
2. Too much alcohol and caffeine
3. Exhausted lymph system from too many over the counter antihistamines
4. Internal congestion and poor circulation
5. Deficiency of Zinc and Vitamin F (essential fatty acid)
6. Venereal Disease

Healthy Diet Choices

1. Exercise – Walk 1 hour daily
2. Prostate Massage – Lie flat on back, pull knees up as far as possible, then press the
soles of both feet together. Holding pressed soles together, lower the legs as far as
possible with a forceful movement. Repeat as many times as possible.
3. In acute conditions, hot sitz baths daily, with chamomile tea added to the water.
4. Vitamins –
F – 6 tablets
E – 600 IU
C – 1000 mg and in acute conditions 5000mg
B-6 50 mg
Zinc 30 mg
Fish Liver Oil – 2 teaspoons
Multi-Mineral Vitamin Supplement
Kelp 6 tablets
Brewer’s Yeast 2 Tablespoons
5. Herbs
Juniper berry, ginseng, damiana, kelp, echinacea, ergot, birch leaf, anise, Fennel,
Black cohosh, Red clover
6. Foods
Yellow and green vegetables, carrots, tomatoes, cabbage, peas, broccoli, cauliflower,
Brussels sprouts, fresh fruit, juice and steamed vegetables
7. Lemon juice and water every morning to cleanse sediment;
then cider vinegar and honey in water to avoid recurrence.
8. Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water daily
9. Avoid red meats, caffeine, hard liquor, carbonated drinks, and tomato juice during healing.
10. Avoid tobacco, and all fried, fatty and refined foods forever.