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cabbott
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I need help planning a good diet for my dad while he undergoes radiation treatment for prostrate cancer starting this week. His doctor has told my mom to avoid antitoxidants and and gassy foods. So what can we fix? And when can he start eating veggies, fruits, and tea again? Thanks for your comments!

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2ndBase
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I took the maximum amount of radiation allowed for treatment of a very bad diagnosis of prostate cancer in 2004. I was not told to change my diet and I ate well as normal. Though my bowels have never been quite the same since I have never been hospitalized for any problem since. I did not have surgery as it was obviously too late for that and the cancer is now in my bones so pain is the big issue now, but I am thankful to have survived this long. You may want to talk to a nutritionist about this. Try to not worry and stay calm. The stress must be avoided regardless of what it takes to avoid it. Best wishes

gina92324
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Hi mark52, I am new here. My dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer 12/19/2006 and his has also spread to the bones. I am so scared. Would you mind telling me more about your diagnosis. Just so that I can compare to my dads. He is in stage IV and his PSA is 182. I'm hoping maybe can live as long as you have.
Blessings to you and Thanks for your time

gina

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2ndBase
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Hi Gina, My cancer was found during a physical in Nov.2002 where my psa was 24. From a biopsy my Gleason score was 9. I was told to get things together and was told by two cancer doctors that I had a 50% chance to live 2 years and a 2% chance to make it for ten years. I lost my job and insurance which led to bankruptcy last year but I do not care and by keeping all stress out of my life I continue to live. I had one shot of Lupron in March 03 and 40 radiation treatments in the following months and that is all the treatment I have had. My psa dropped to .16 after treatment and is now at 1.60 and may be told to get more treatment soon. I still work 10 hours a week sitting down and sometimes play golf if my pain allows. Treatment for such cases should be reviewed by a tumor board and one should choose the plan that he feels most comfortable with. Each case is different but the less a man worries or stresses gives the body longer life with any disease. Do not believe or make plans to lose the battle, do the opposite...LIVE.

gina92324
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Thank you so much for taking the time to respond and for your encouraging words! I will take them to heart…

Wishing you the Best,
gina

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musiclover
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Dr. John McDougall has a great plan for prevention and treatment of cancer. I would recommend visiting his site www.drmcdougall.com and buying "12 Days to Dynamic Health." McDougall's father in law was diagnosed 30 years ago with prostate cancer and this diet has kept it stagnant. He is now about 95 years old. He also cured my friend Dr. Ruth Heidrich of breast cancer with this diet alone (after her double masectomy). You can read about her at www.ruthheidrich.com.

McDougall is the only doctor I know that will email you if you write him. I'm met him many times - I posted something below a few months ago with more details about him - October 10 - with many links to articles.

cabbott
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Thanks to both of you for your quick replies. I have heard of Dr. McDougall's diet and the need to keep your stress level low. Anything that builds the immune system helps in the fight against cancer. But some doctors, including my dad's, subscribe to the idea that antioxidants during radiation may interfere with the breakdown of the cancer cells. So what can a guy eat that doesn't aggravate the bowels or keep the cancer healthy when the radiation is trying to kill off as many cells as possible?

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bensdad
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Hi:
I am just about to the second year since conformal radiation. I chose radiation as I now live alone and didn't want to ask someone to assist me after surgery. My diet was the same as it always had been. The only thing they asked me to leave were the extra antioxidants like vitamin E, green tea, garlic capsules, and blueberries since they are also a laxitive. I had no bowel problems during or after treatments. Had some inflammation of the gland itself and took celebrex which helped. With radiation one still has a prostate gland. I now eat lots of fruit and vegetables, no red meats, whole grain cereals, bread, and muffins which I make myself. I also eat ground flax seed on my cereal every morning. Your doctor should be able to explain what your dad should and should not eat during the treatments. I wish you all the best.

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bensdad
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Hi:
I am just about to the second year since conformal radiation. I chose radiation as I now live alone and didn't want to ask someone to assist me after surgery. My diet was the same as it always had been. The only thing they asked me to leave were the extra antioxidants like vitamin E, green tea, garlic capsules, and blueberries since they are also a laxitive. I had no bowel problems during or after treatments. Had some inflammation of the gland itself and took celebrex which helped. With radiation one still has a prostate gland. I now eat lots of fruit and vegetables, fish, chicken,whole grain cereals, bread, and muffins which I make myself, but no red meats, which I never ate very often anyway. I also eat ground flax seed on my cereal every morning. Your doctor should be able to explain what your dad should and should not eat during the treatments. I wish you all the best.

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