Know Your Prostate Cancer Treatment Options

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Filed Under: Men's Health
Last Reviewed 03/28/2014

Know Your Prostate Cancer Treatment Options

You may have seen my blog about how PSA (prostate-specific antigen) screening for prostate cancer doesn’t work. Now, I want to follow up with your prostate cancer treatment options.

I look at prostate cancer quite differently than most physicians and patients. Multiple studies have shown that chemotherapy isn’t an effective treatment for prostate cancer and doesn’t increase longevity. Plus, other conventional therapies such as removal of the prostate and radiation therapies can cause a plethora of debilitating side-effects. Furthermore, rarely are any of these prostate cancer treatment options more effective than “watchful waiting.”

What you do about your prostate cancer treatment option is an individual decision—one that you should make with your doctor. If you do opt for watchful waiting rather than surgery or radiation, you should nevertheless be proactive. You need to work on slowing the advancement of the disease, and a number of noninvasive, safe prostate cancer treatment options have been shown to do just that.

Natural Prostate Cancer Treatment Options

  • Reduce your fat intake to no more than 20 percent of your total calories.

  • Eliminate virtually all sources of saturated fat, including meat and dairy products, as well as trans fatty acids found in processed foods (diets high in these types of fat have been shown to stimulate cancer growth).

  • Boost your intake of cold-water fish such as wild caught salmon, mercury-free tuna and mackerel. Cold-water fish are nature's most abundant source of the omega-3 essential fatty acids that protect against prostate cancer.

  • Eat moderate servings of protein, and copious helpings of fiber-rich vegetables, fruits, legumes and whole grains. Plant foods are loaded with beneficial vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that slow cancer growth.

  • Eat tomatoes, which contain lycopene, and leafy greens and beta-carotene-rich yellow and orange produce, all of which have anticancer activity.

  • Take vitamin E. Researchers from the National Cancer Institute reported that men with the highest blood levels of vitamin E were nearly half as likely to develop prostate cancer as those with the lowest levels. I recommend taking 800–1,600 IU of vitamin E daily.

  • Take modified citrus pectin (MCP), which helps to keep prostate cancer from spreading to other areas of the body. MCP also boosts immune function by enhancing the activity of natural killer cells, which destroy infected and cancerous cells. I recommend PectaSol which you can find online or at the Whitaker Wellness Institute at 1-(800) 810-6655. The research dosage is 15 g per day.

  • Eat flax, which has been shown to slow prostate cancer growth. Flax contains omega-3 fatty acids as well as compounds called lignans that modulate hormone metabolism, inhibit angiogenesis and fight free radicals. I recommend eating 1/4 cup of freshly ground flaxseed daily.

  • Take curcumin. Research shows that curcumin, an extract of the spice turmeric, is a very effective prostate cancer treatment option, striking at prostate cancer on multiple fronts. So wide-ranging are its anticancer effects that European researchers recently concluded that curcumin is “a nontoxic alternative for prostate cancer prevention, treatment or co-treatment.” I recommend every man diagnosed with or at risk for prostate cancer take 4–8 grams daily, or three capsules of a curcumin liposome product such as Meriva two to three times a day.

If your cancer is potentially aggressive, talk to your doctor about a trial of high-dose vitamin D. In a study of high-risk prostate cancer patients, men who were assigned to receive 40,000 IU of vitamin D daily for three to eight weeks had higher levels of microRNAs (protein regulators that block the growth of prostate cancer) and lower levels of a protein that indicates cancer growth.

Now it’s your turn: Have you adopted any of these prostate-protecting lifestyle habits?

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