Next month will be my 2 year anniversary from surgery and I have lots to be thankful for…I’m still testing <0.1 (undetectable). I have posted this diet information in the past and hope it will be helpful to the new members of our reluctant club…
The only advice you will hear from me is make diet changes, exercise and believe in the treatment you select (no one should ever direct you to a specific treatment-this is your life-just believe it was/is the best option for you and never second guess it).
My Prostatic Cancer Staging Summary 2 year ago was less than hopeful without a recurrence soon after surgery (as my medical team originally pressed me on):
Positive for Carcinoma-Right Seminal Vesicles
Surgical Margins: Positive, right mid Prostate
Gleason Score- 4+3=7
Extraprostatic Extension- Present and Extensive
Sounds bad and I guess it is but I remain cancer free and I believe I owe it to my diet, exersice and “fate”…
Anyway, Lots of good information out there one of my favorite places for updated information are the web sites for UCSF and Prostate Cancer Foundation (give often to these guys…they fund the cutting edge and have done more for PCa than any group) –
What I get out of all of this is that we should eat better quality food (less fat, no red meat, less salt, no sugar, less alcohol and more fruit, veggies, fish, nuts, whole grains, fiber and antioxidants) and exercise more for improved health, but there were still some interesting details.
Generally, a "healthy" diet is recommended for cancer patients in order to: 1) reduce the risk of chronic disease, 2) help to inhibit cancer growth, 3) enhance the immune system, 4) increase energy levels and 4) to facilitate recovery from cancer treatment.
The following were specifically recommended for a "Cancer Protective Diet" from UCSF:
1) 8-10 "colorful" fruit & veggie servings daily
2) 30-40 gms of fiber daily from beans/legumes & whole grains
3) Limit consumption of processed and refined foods (eg., white rice & bread-I eat whole grain only)
4) Limit meat & daily products; avoid processed meats ( I eat wild cold water fish only)
5) Increase healthy fats (omega 3 fatty acids) from cold water fish, nuts, etc.)
6) Drink 1-4 cups of green tea daily
7) Avoid or limit alcohol consumption (I drink 2-3 glass of wine frequently per instructions from oncologist)
8) Get tested for Vitamin D and take supplement as needed (up to 1-2gm daily)
9) Increase daily intake of antioxidant rich foods, which include lycopene, selenium & Vitamin E.
10) And, lastly, exercise at least 30-60 mins daily to achieve an acceptable BMI. (I exercise 90-120 minutes a day 5x week)
No real surprises here and no evidence that following these suggestions will "cure" or prevent reoccurrence of your cancer. However, it certainly can't hurt you and will definitely make you a healthier person.
Best to all-B