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A comprehensive overview on prostate cancer

Prostate cancer - symptoms, causes and alternative treatments

Comprehensive information on prostate cancer, including symptoms, causes and orthodox, integrative and alternative prostate cancer treatments, so you can increase your personal odds of survival today. This is a really thorough article on prostate cancer. We suggest you print it off and read it at your leisure.

Overview on Prostate cancer

If you get to the age of 50, congratulations; you now have a 40 per cent chance of developing prostate cancer. And prostate cancer is a disease for which orthodox treatment is a mess.

Is there really any ´best practice´ for prostate cancer treatment? In the UK, some men are offered surgery, others drugs, and others radiotherapy or brachytherapy. It all seems to depend on the oncologist you meet and who is ´in charge of´ your treatment. Which really is the best route? In America options are even more varied - they might select Proton Beam Therapy; in Europe it might be localised hyperthermia.

Worse, there are now four studies which show that orthodox prostate cancer treatment currently delivers no survival benefit - the latest, and largest, study of its kind was completed by Professor Freddy Hamdy of Oxford University in 2016:

Go to: Orthodox Treatment is a waste of time if you are diagnosed with prostate cancer over 50

If current conventional prostate cancer treatment doesn´t improve your survival chances or survival times - and let´s be honest, we all hear the horror stories of side-effects - what are the best alternative prostate cancer treatments? You can´t just do nothing, can you?

If you don´t want orthodox treatment, and/or you are on ´Watch and Wait´ (Active Surveillance), there are many self-help and self-empowering ´treatments´ you might consider:

Tips to fight prostate cancer - start with the basics!

Building ´the new you´, by sorting out the basics, is very, very important in prostate cancer. Addenbrook´s Hospital prostate team in the UK showed that a diet rich in broccoli and tomatoes, alongside daily exercise could postpone the need for surgery by 4 years or so. There is so much you can do to help yourself.

  1. Sort out your diet: There is clear evidence that bioactive compounds in certain foods can definitely improve your survival times, reducing PSA and making prostate cancer less aggressive. We have produced the definitive list of twelve natural compounds all proven in research to help.

Go to: 12 Natural Compounds proven to fight prostate cancer 

  2. Avoid Choline - there is one ingredient it is imperative that you avoid. What foods is it in? 

Go to: Foods to avoid if you don´t want an aggressive prostate cancer

   3. Avoid saturated fat consumption - like cheese, dairy, red meats, animal fats - ensuring you have low LDL and low blood triglycerides is crucial in prostate cancer. High blood fat and triglycerides are linked to more metastases.

Go to: Natural compound reduces blood LDL levels, and cuts aggressive prostate cancer

   4. Take exercise - daily light to moderate exercise definitely helps; you should try to do at least 45 minutes. Exercise stimulates oxygen levels, and happy hormones which can restrict metastases. Exercise will limit blood fats and blood sugar and even strengthen your bones.

Go to: Exercise makes tumors less aggressive, improves treatments

   5. Control your estrogen - this hormone (whether produced in your body, or from external chemical estrogen) converts Testosterone into DHT, and that´s the driving force in prostate cancer. Cut your estrogen levels. Being overweight is a big problem, as are herbicides and pesticides, toxins in toiletry and personal care products. Vegetables and pulses, nuts and seeds help, as do Indole 3 carbinol and melatonin. Good sleep has many benefits, one of which is that it helps release melatonin in the body, which is extremely helpful in restricting growth rates. 

Go to: How to control your estrogen naturally

   6. Heal your gut - a lack of certain gut bacteria, coupled with certain ´bad´ bacteria are being shown to control processes causing prostate cancer. To build the new you, it is imperative you fix your gut:

Go to: Heal your Gut, Heal your Body

   7. Look into effective ´Alternative´ treatments. In their infancy in the UK, there are ´new´ treatments that work and are much more common in the USA.While you are doing all this and building ´the new you´, look into some alternative treatments that might be useful and less invasive - for example, 

      i) rather than radiotherapy or brachytherapy, you might look at proton beam therapy. Go here.

      ii) if the cancer is still ´confined´ to the prostate, rather than surgery, you might look at localised hyperthermia or ´Ablation. 

Go to: Localised Hyperthermia, or HIFU, as a minimally invasive prostate cancer treatment 

Please beware of ´the biopsy´. There is clear evidence that, apart from a risk of infection, it can cause metastases. 

If you find all the information on the Internet confusing, and/or you understand there is much you can do to help yourself but don´t know where to start, look into having a Personal Prescription with Chris Woollams. He can sort it all out for you, tailored to you, your cancer and your lifestyle.

Go to: Comments from people about Personal Prescriptions

Prostate Cancer Facts

Prostate cancer

The lifetime risk of prostate cancer may be one in thirteen for men (7-8 per cent), but if you reach 50 years of age your chances of being diagnosed with prostate cancer are 40 per cent. 95 per cent of the cancers historically occur in men over 60. But that´s all changing. In the last decade there has been a six-fold increase in diagnosis amongst forty-something men. This is very worrying because when prostate cancer occurs in younger men it has tended to be more aggressive - and currently, UK doctors use no tests to show if a prostate cancer is aggressive or not, apart from a Gleason score. In America experts increasingly follow a man´s DHT levels - we will cover this more, later.

Prostate cancer, or adenocarcinoma as it is called in most cases, is now the most common male cancer in the UK. At its current rate of growth it will overtake all lung cancer cases, and breast cancer cases within 15 years. Despite this, its causes are still rarely acknowledged, its treatment currently imperfect and research into it massively under-funded.

Medical Mythology and Prostate Cancer

1) If you are diagnosed with prostate cancer (by a PSA test), DO NOT RUSH INTO TREATMENT!  

At CANCERactive we have been arguing for over 12 years that men diagnosed over 50 years of age should ´Watch and wait´ - it´s called Active Surveillance, or Active Monitoring. NICE agreed 5 years later. In 2016, 50% on American men waited. A study in Los Angeles of men over 50 who had died in car accidents showed that two thirds were driving around without having a clue they had prostate cancer. You are more likely to die with prostate cancer than of it. t h

2) Don´t just rely on one PSA test - it is notoriously inaccurate, and estimates suggest differing figures of over-diagnosis. From 15-40 per cent! It can be skewed by eating cows´ dairy or riding a bicycle during the 36 hours before. UK oncologists claim it is all they have; "better than nothing" they argue. The Truth is that measuring your DHT is much more accurate and indicative of the aggression of the cancer.

3) There is little doubt that a biopsy can cause infections and complications. It may also spread your cancer. Research on this appeared first 20 years ago. It is termed seeding, where cancer cells are picked up and spread. Also, it is almost impossible to conduct a biopsy without breaking the capsule around your prostate - and that encourages ´spread´. Consider this move very carefully.

4) Prostate cancer is ´caused´ by oestrogen (estrogen in America). Oestrogen turns nice safe testosterone (which in men over 50 is in decline, sorry) into DiHydroTestosterone, or DHT. And DHT is the aggressor. Two meta-studies prove conclusively that there is no link between testosterone levels and prostate cancer. The oestrogen can be made in our fat stores (by the action of aromatase enzymes on fat); or it can come from chemicals we ingest (herbicides and pesticides) or surround ourselves with (perfumed products, plastic bottles, xenoestrogens etc.). Measuring DHT gives you an estimate of genuine threat - the stage of your cancer and its aggression.

Go to: Recent research on Testosterone levels suggests why current medical treatments don´t work

5) There doesn´t seem to be a ´Best Practice´ of treatment. Indeed several readers have commented that the oncologists tends to recommend surgery. or radiotherapy, or drugs depending upon his own personal background. 

The problem facing many men who are private patients in the UK is that their oncologist often ignores the NICE stance. You will hear comments such as, ´It may have spread - we´ll take it out´; ´We don´t want it to spread - we´ll take it out.´ Of course this has nothing to do with private surgeons´ fat operating fees. However..... Both arguments are illogical. Do not be rushed into anything.

6) Orthodox Medicine does not increase survival times: Before the Professor Hamdy work in 2016, research from Sweden in 2011 (Journal of the National Cancer Institute) showed that when comparing low to mid-level prostate patients, who had all the treatment orthodoxy could offer, against a group that had no treatment at all, the life expectancy ´loss´ for the ´no treatment´ group after 10 years was just 2 per cent compared with men in the general population!! And considering all the side-effects of orthodox cancer treatment, this is research that should be heeded. Next, American research in 2012 covered in Cancer Watch went further concluding that surgery simply did not improve longevity or outcome!

Then, a third study (in Cancer Watch) concluded that for men over 65 the dangers and rigours of treatment outweighed benefits!  Especially, if you are over 50, read our article on ´Is orthodox prostate cancer treatment a waste of time´. It comes from all these big research studies!

So ´Watch and wait´, ´Active Surveillance´, ´Active Cancer Management´ it is then! And fortunately there´s a lot you can do to help yourself. A lot, orthodox medicine shuns.

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Prostate cancer Diagnosis

Prostate cancer is fraught with mis-diagnosis. The National Cancer Institute in the USA produced a figure that one in three men could be mis-diagnosed! The PSA (prostate-specific antigen) test is notoriously unreliable - indeed at the 2003 Cancer Support Groups UK Conference, Professor Julian Peto of Oxford and Cancer Research said 90 per cent of younger doctors wouldn´t have one themselves as it wasn´t worth it. Professor Thomas Stanley of Stanford University Medical School has gone so far as to dub the test ´Useless´ adding, ´The PSA era is over; it indicates nothing more than the size of the prostate´. The problem is that, although new tests are on their way, it is all we have got at the moment.

A further complication is that after a high PSA reading, you´ll be rushed into a biopsy. Historically, a needle going through your ´back passage´ brings a high risk of infection (and then lots of antibiotics). And then there´s the possibility of spread. German private clinics will tell you that localised hyperthermia has a 100% chance of success but if you have had a biopsy, the success rate falls to 75 per cent. Be warned. Even after a biopsy indicating cancer, there is still no real indication whether the cancer is fast or slow growing.

A DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) is a more accurate test that something active is happening. DHT causes prostate cancer. Testosterone does not.  .

Do not rush into protate cancer treatment 

The fact is that few prostate cancers are fast growing (possibly around 5 per cent of total) but these more usually appear in quite young men. The great majority are slow growing and ´may be left for ten years or more´. So says the US National Cancer Institute. In an analysis of 20 years of data from the Connecticut Cancer Registry, USA, researchers found that men with a low-grade prostate cancer (Gleason grade 2-4) had a small risk of cancer progression, even after 20 years. 20 years on, the risk of death was only 6 per 1000.  The Royal Marsden has now plumped for Active Surveillance saying that at least 50 per cent of cases did not need any other form of action. 

Prostate cancer - is it all in the genes?

Several genes have been identified (including BRCA 1 and BRCA 2) which are linked to increased risk, and sometimes prostate cancer is thought to run in families. The incidence occurs, however, in less than 7 per cent of men and, anyway, there is much you can do to protect yourself.  Cancer Watch also covered research that showed some genes seemed more at risk from chemical exposure, and this linked to increased prostate risk. One study showed some thirteen common chemicals could increase risk of prostate cancer - and all were oestrogen mimics. Now, according to Nature Genetics 10 Feb 2008, scientists have turned up seven new genome sites linked to risk. The latest research covered in Cancer Watch concluded that in prostate cancer 5,900 genes could go wrong! You only have 25,000 in total!

What Is the Prostate?

pros1The prostate is a gland situated between the pubic bone and the rectum and around the urethra, the tube passing from the bladder to the penis. Its function is connected with the whole urine and reproductive system. The tubes of the reproductive system through which the sperm pass, meet the urethra in the prostate. The prostate gland contracts at orgasm to fire out the sperm. In a boy, the gland is the size of a pea, growing at puberty to the size of a small to medium plum. However, in the Western world it seems to grow again in men in their late forties and here lies the problem.

 Many, many men in the Western World have an enlarged prostate

Many, many men in the Western World have an enlarged prostate. Mostly usually it is benign, but in some cases it does become malignant. Even then there may be no further distress for ten or more years. The symptoms of either form are very much the same and are principally the symptoms of the enlargement.An enlarged prostate can give you a high PSA reading.

Prostate cancer Symptoms? 

pros2 The UK charity "The Prostate Cancer Charity" defines them as:

  • Difficulty or pain when passing urine.
  • The need to pass urine more often.
  • Broken sleep due to the need to pass urine.
  • Waiting for long periods before the urine flows.
  • The feeling that the bladder has not completely emptied.

Almost all of these symptoms are shared with the non-malignant prostate growth form (termed Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia).

With prostate cancer you may also suffer from blood in the urine, and/or lower back pain and/or dribbling. Be aware that many of the above symptoms can be caused by other factors e.g. bacterial infection. 

Prostate cancer diagnostic procedure 

1. Digital Rectal Examination: Firstly, your doctor can simply feel if you have an enlarged prostate (a Digital Rectal Examination).

2. PSA test: If he finds such an enlargement he will probably send you for a PSA test. This measures a specific protein in a man´s blood, the level of which was originally thought to correlate with prostate cancer. It actually measures the size of the prostate and in one research study, factors found in the blood due to high dairy consumption in the previous 24 hours increased PSA levels. Vigorous exercise, or even riding a bicycle to the doctor´s surgery, can also increase PSA levels.

 the PSA test has been repeatedly found to be flawed

Indeed, the test does not seem able to fully distinguish between enlarged malignant prostates and non-malignant ones. One USA report concluded that as many as two thirds of those testing positive, probably are not!

Sloan-Kettering in the USA conducted research on men, (average age 62), whose PSA levels were high enough to warrant an immediate operation, and concluded that 50 per cent had PSA readings a month later that would negate this conclusion. If relying on PSA readings, take one every fortnight for three months before planning action.

But there´s another problem. Even if the tumour is malignant, to date there is no way of telling how aggressive the growth will be. The problem is that some men with small, yet rapidly growing cancers have not been spotted in time. Others with enlarged and malignant prostates may have had them operated on unnecessarily. New tests, seem to be quite a way off their use amongst the general male population.

3. Biopsy: If the PSA test proves positive, the specialist may recommend a biopsy to confirm the cancer. This may be done at the same time as an Ultrasound scan where a tube is passed up your rectum in an attempt to see (via an ultrasound image of your prostate) what exactly is going on.  This doesn´t always work either!

In a normal biopsy, tissue is taken from ten or more places in the prostate using a fine needle. Ask for evidence of the risks. It leaves many patients in pain for quite a long period, can result in infection (since the needle passes through the rectum which is full of nasty bacteria) and can even result in incontinence and impotency.  And that´s just from the biopsy! Finally, in about a fifth of cases even the biopsy may prove unclear, prompting your doctor to want to do more PSA tests and even another biopsy.

4. A scan: If the specialist feels that the cancer may have spread, he may also suggest:

Radiotherapy

  • A Bone Scan if your doctor is worried about spread, he may suggest a bone scan which will either be a normal X-ray, or involve using a radioactive isotope injection and an X-ray of your whole body. Orthodox medical professionals insist there are no side-effects from this radioactivity
  • A CT scan where a number of X-rays are taken to build up a 3D computer picture of whole areas of the body. You will be given an injection and your doctor should discuss allergies, asthma and iodine concerns with you before hand. (NB: Too many CT scans should be avoided where possible. Research from Columbia University (icon Vol 3 Issue 4) calculated that the radiation produced from an annual CT scan increases risks of developing cancer! The risks of a full body scan are reasonably well quantified says Dr David Brenner)
  • An MRI scan - similar to a CT scan, this uses magnetism rather than X-rays. You may be given an injection of a dye. No metal objects (necklaces, pacemakers, metal plates from former operations) are allowed.

5. Cystoscopy: This involves (don´t wince) a flexible tube with a light and camera on the end being pushed up your penis, and right up into the bladder.

After all this, there is a reasonable chance that your doctor may be able to tell you whether you have cancer or not. If you do have cancer, he will try to assign a grade and a stage.

You can, of course, ask for second opinions and you can even go outside the system. You could even ´go alternative´: A good homeopath with a VEGA machine should be able to tell you whether or not you have a cancer; a Kirlian photograph should do the same (some Homeopaths and Naturopaths can do one of these), and even Iridology ought to be able to spot a problem if the therapist is any good. There is a new blood test being developed right now which detects cancers at their earliest stages. It is already in use for lung cancer and is very accurate. New prostate blood tests are on their way. But there is medical comfort in what they currently do; but just not much patient comfort!

NB. In some cases where (malignant or not) an enlarged prostate is causing constriction on your tubing and thus discomfort, a rigid cystoscope can be pushed up the penis and a scraping form of surgery on the innermost cells of the prostate can be performed to widen the urethra.

It´s a Mess!

By now, you will be shaking your head. Indeed, four men came up to me at a recent speech - all had the same message: ´If I´d known then what I know now, I would never have let a doctor touch me!´ But more of that later.

Before embarking on surgery you should read the article by top surgeon Christopher Eden where he spells out that the more prostate operations the surgeon has conducted, the less the risk of side-effect problems.

Prostate cancer stage and grade

The Stage tells you how far the cancer has progressed to date. Hence:

Stage 1 is where the tumour is confined, and probably cannot be felt using a Digital Rectal Examination
Stage 2 it is still confined, but is large enough to be felt and shows up on ultrasound
Stages 3 and 4 it has spread, probably to local lymph nodes first, then the nearby bones, then on to other organs.

The Grade attempts to tel you how fast this is growing

The Grade tells you how fast this is growing how aggressive is the cancer. This is done using a 10-point scale called the Gleason System. 6-7 is roughly the norm; scores below it are slow growing, scores above it are aggressive. But the scoring is done after looking at the cells under a microscope which is rather like asking how fast a race horse will be when it is still in the womb.

´Metastasis´ is Doctorspeak for the word ´spread´. You can go to our article (yes, its a bit tongue in cheek) called Doctorspeak, which we produced after research reports said that most patients frequently did not understand their doctor.  It gives you the simple English translations!  

Prostate cancer causes?

There are probably 5 principle links - oestrogen (estrogen) from body fat, high saturated fat diet, xenoestrogen from environmental chemicals, low vitamin D, and/or genetics.

Prostate cancer does run in families, and men who have a father or brother with the disease have a five to twenty-fold increased risk, depending upon which study you read. Certain genes like BRCA1 and BRCA2 produce weaknesses that run in families and are linked to both prostate and breast cancers; however, only 7 per cent of people carry these genes.

Men in the Far East (Japan, South East Asia) have the lowest incidence of prostate cancer, but this changes if they move to the West. Black people living in Western capital cities have a higher incidence than whites or Asians. The latter is undoubtedly due to poor sunshine and therefore low plasma vitamin D levels (see later).

There was a research study from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden linking the volume of cows´ dairy consumption to the level of risk of prostate. The study showed a straight line correlation. High dairy consumption increased risk by 50 per cent. There is also a small link to red meat consumption. We also ran an article where the expert argued that saturated fat and cows´ dairy consumption during your teenage, formative years was a major factor. Too late then for most people reading this!

Another report suggested the herpes virus (the version that causes cold sores) might play a part.

However, as we said above, chemicals that are oestrogen mimics are linked to the disease; night shift work (which leads to disturbed sleep patters and low melatonin levels - melatonin controls oestrogen in the blood) is linked to a higher risk; and being overweight (fat stores make oestrogen via the C-16 pathway and aromatase enzymes) is linked to higher levels of the disease and lowered survival.

Men with lowered plasma levels of lycopene, omega 3, and/or vitamin D are all at higher risk of prostate cancer according to research. (Lycopene is in tomatoes, omega-3 in fish oil; vitamin D is produced by the action of sun on the skin). Indeed, almost every man diagnosed with prostate cancer has a low plasma vitamin D level. This needs to be corrected as plasma vitamin D levels have been linked to survival times.

A Rainbow Diet is clearly the right diet to fight prostate cancer

Diet is clearly a factor. Poor diet, high sugar, alcohol and junk food consumption is linked to the disease. And to survival rates!

In 2013 research (Cancer Watch: Journal of Nutrition and Cancer) Dr. Lenore Arab and a team from UCLA investigated the WCRF lifestyle recommendations and found that ´men with prostate cancer can take control of their disease´ to limit its aggression. Their conclusions recommend eating low-calorie foods (calorie restriction), eating non-starchy vegetables, fruits, unrefined grains, while limiting intake of red meat and salt and maintaining desirable ranges of body mass index (BMI - don´t be overweight) and daily physical exercise. Sounds like a section from our Rainbow Diet book to us.

2014 research showed that the return of prostate cancer was more likely the higher the plasma levels of triglycerides and fats.

Go to: Fat linked to prostate progression 

This may be due to a man´s saturated fat consumption, but a poor microbiome (gut bacterial balance) will also play a part. A high soluble fibre diet, in research, is highly beneficial, but the clear overall winner is a Rainbow Diet, employing high good fat consumption, low sugar consumption, low saturated fat consumption, but a high consumption of whole foods, natural fibre, vegetables, seeds and nuts. There have been a number of very clear studies on the benefits of a colourful Mediterranean Diet with prostate cancer. 

Go to: The Rainbow Diet and Prostate Cancer

In particular you should read the chapter on eating to beat oestrogen

In early 2003, a number of major research studies from Singapore Cancer Centre, and both Concord and Monash Cancer Centres in Australia produced the conclusions that:

a) Localised oestrogen (the ´female sex hormone´) caused a swelling of the prostate in men.
b) Anti-oestrogens like Finasteride, Dutasteride and IC1 could reduce this swelling.*
c) That to develop prostate cancer, a man needed both testosterone and localised oestrogen present.

* N.B. In one study (Cancer, Feb 28th 2005) Finasteride (or Dutasteride) reduced the occurrence of prostate cancer by 24.8 per cent it can cut localised oestrogen levels and reduce the size of the prostate as well. In a very few cases, these anti-oestrogens actually provoke a very rapidly growing prostate cancer. But, the research concluded that the benefits far outweighed the risks.

In August 2003 Professor Dr. Thomson of Houston, Texas produced his research results and explained to the world what was happening. He concluded that localised oestrogen turned nice, safe testosterone into something quite nasty called DHT, which was actually the driving force for prostate cancer.

Is this such a surprise? Not at all. Several centres in the world, for example the Althone Institute of Technology in Ireland, have long told us that chemicals from plastics, toiletries and pesticides could mimic the action of oestrogen and greatly affect the male reproductive system. Research carried Cancer Watch showed that any of 13 chemical toxins which could act like oestrogen when in the body, were linked to prostate cancer.

For your information, higher testosterone and growth hormone plasma levels are actually linked with better health, longevity and greater survival (Steroids, 2012 Jan ; 77 (1-2):52-8). 

Understanding the Oestrogen Factor

Oestrogen is not a single hormone, but a family of hormones. Oestradiol is the most aggressive form, oestrone is its much weaker sister (about 40 times weaker). Plant oestrogens (phyto-oestrogens) are about 40 times weaker still. All have the ability to bind to receptor sites on prostate cells, but oestradiol can then cause havoc inside the cell, reducing oxygen levels, reducing potassium and magnesium levels and reducing energy production, whilst increasing unwanted sodium salts and the internal pH.

Given a choice, I´d rather have the weaker phyto-oestrogens blocking my receptor sites, and thus the action of oestradiol. Phyto-oestrogens are found in plants - in particular pulses like beans, peas, lentils, soy, and red kidney beans, chickpeas etc. Eastern diets are full of these foods our Western diets have forgotten. Indeed, Eastern women can have 1000 times the protective phyto-oestrogen levels of their Western equivalents.

Men increase their oestrogen in a number of ways. As we age so our testosterone levels decline and our oestrogen levels grow. Animal fat is a wonderful solvent and will dissolve and hold the animal´s own hormones plus a number of toxins (for example, chemicals from pesticides and herbicides). Some chemicals upon entering our blood streams will act like oestrogen these Oestrogenbook chemicals are called Xeno-oestrogens or oestrogen mimics. They are formed from chemicals in some pesticides (DDT and Lindane, being two) or from certain plasticisers in plastic bottles, from certain chemicals (BPA) in the white lining of cans and even from some perfume and perfumed products (soaps, after shave, deodorants etc). We really do recommend all men read Oestrogen - the killer in our midst, as it looks at the causes of certain cancers in more detail and clearly tells you what you can do about removing unwanted oestrogen from your lives. It´s only a 6 hour read and will tell you how to cut oestrogen levels in your body, naturally.

Being overweight doesn´t help, since fat stores these chemicals and excess hormones we should be excreting, and also fat metabolism is a precursor to steroids and oestrogen. Fat males can actually have higher oestrogen pools in their bodies than their thin post-menopausal wives. Weight gain has been linked to increased cancer risk in a number of major studies.

However, men with high lignan (fibre) and high phytoestrogen levels in their blood have lower rates of prostate cancer. Phytoestrogens are best obtained by eating pulses. One natural compound, Indole 3 Carbinol, (and its metabolite DIM) found particularly in broccoli, has shown great promise in preventing prostate cancer and increasing survival times as it helps denature aggressive oestradiol to its less harmful sister, oestrone. 

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Gut bacteria and prostate cancer

Recently, there has been an enormous flurry of research on the role of beneficial bacteria (think ´probiotics´) in our bodies. And there is increasing research on the involvement of both good and bad bacteria in prostate cancer.

Go to: Gut bacteria and their role in prostate cancer

Your gut bacteria, or microbiome - 

  •  Stimulate and strengthen the immune system
  •  Help produce certain cancer fighting vitamins like B-12, niacin, folic acid and vitamin K; plus short-chain esters that are anti-inflammatory - one, sodium butyrate, kills cancer cells!
  •  (The short-chain fatty acids also reduce harmful fat production - like cholesterol)
  •  Can actually chelate to (bind to) heavy metals and help excrete them
  •  Can actually neutralise and eliminate harmful chemicals like oestrogen and nitrosamines

There are over 800 types of bacteria in the gut, each having many strains. We damage the good, helpful bacteria by taking drugs (especially PPIs) and antibiotics, by eating poorly (lack of fibre, too much salt or sugar), by stress, by being infected by a ´parasite´. 

Men can lose good bacteria, gain bad bacteria and especially yeasts - these cause bloating, wind, yellow toe nails, gut problems, mouth ulcers, unexplained tiredness and more. You MUST fix these problems if you have a cancer - the doctors drugs, and antibiotics during surgery, will only make matters worse.

Read the article below, and think about buying our simple book which explains how to put your gut right! 

Go to: All cancer begins in the gut 

"See our easy to read book: ´Heal your Gut - Heal your Body. It will change your life."

You should kill off your yeasts, microbes , pathogens and any parasites as an insurance policy, right at the start of your self-help programme.

Consider this quote: ´Cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy did not ultimately succumb to cancer, but to an infestation of Candida albicans´. That comes from the 1993 Spring edition of the prestigious US medical journal Contemporary Oncology. 

Think to kill off your yeasts; and take probiotics

Topping up daily with multi-strain probiotics (strains of beneficial bacteria shown in clinical trials to deliver a benefit) and following a high soluble fibre diet with lots of pulses, whole foods and whole grains; with no sugar, cows´ dairy or alcohol and certain yeast killers will help defeat the Candida albicans. 

What foods and supplements help fight prostate cancer?

There is clear evidence that certain foods will help fight the prostate cancer:

Tomatoes (lycopene) - For example, Harvard Medical School state that tomatoes, tomatoes and especially cooked tomatoes help prevent and fight the symptoms of prostate cancer. 

Tomatoes

From tomatoes, lycopene is the crucial antioxidant ingredient. It has an important extra benefit - it actually binds to fats and lipids in the blood stream helping overcome our Western diets. The Harvard Medical School study stated that seven to ten helpings of tomatoes per week reduced risks by 40 per cent; another suggested that 40 per cent of prostate cancer sufferers eating those quantities showed relief of symptoms. Lycopene can be obtained from all tomato products e.g. sauces, soups and especially cooked tomatoes which release the lycopene more easily.


 Polyphenols appear to be extremely helpful. In Cancer Watch, we have carried research on Extra Virgin Olive Oil (please avoid coconut oil which is full of saturated fat, which you do not need!). See - Olive oil vs Coconut Oil 

Several studies, for example from Perth University, that show that EGCG in Green Tea has important benefits.

Indole Indole 3 carbinol, (from broccoli, greens) and it´s metabolite DIM, as we explained above, have been shown in research to turn nasty oestradiol into its safer sister oestrone.

The study below reports that indole 3 carbinol can increase repair proteins in cells.  

One study recorded in Cancer Watch showed that broccoli and tomatoes in combination were more effective against prostate cancer than one of the leading drugs! This was confirmed by a second paper from Dr. John Erdman at the International Research Conference on Food. This is because they follow different anti-cancer pathways.

While phyto-estrogens in vegetables and pulses seem to be crucial, The British Journal of Cancer (2006) reports on the benefits of one phyto-oestrogen, Genistein. Apparently it can increase the repair proteins in a cell even those in short supply due to the presence of BRCA 1 and BRCA 2. Some women prefer to go this high phyto-oestrogen route than take Tamoxifen. 

Dr Young S. Kim of the National Cancer Institute included genistein in her list of cancer-fighting natural compounds that tackled cancer stem cells. 

Other foods can make a difference. Sulforaphane, also in broccoli and Brussel´s sprouts and particularly in sprouting broccoli seeds, can inhibit the development of oestrogen-driven cancer cells. US Dr. Keith Singletary and his team claim it works as well as the chemotherapy drugs, by causing the release of certain cancer-killing enzymes. 

Our book, ´The Rainbow Diet - and how it can help you beat cancer´ will tell you about the very latest research on a variety of natural compounds that are effective in fighting cancer.

Other supplements extolled in research are

        * Vitamin D - (4 hours a day in the sunshine or 5,000IUs). Plasma levels are linked to survival times.

        * Curcumin  - Linked to lower levels of metastases in research (mix with olive oil and pipeline (in black pepper) as it does not cross the gut wall easily)

        * Fish oils - Long-chain omega-3. Linked to lower inflammation, cachexia rates; and higher telomere protection.

        * Flaxseed - crushed flaxseed (short-chain omega-3) helps oxygenate cells, reduce oestrogen and feed your good gut bacteria. 

        * Melatonin (the sleep hormone) - linked to better hormone control; it has 5 ways of attacking cancer cells.

        * Selenium - displaces heavy metals and chemicals. Low blood levels of selenium are linked to higher levels of prostate cancer. Max dose 200 micrograms.

        * Coenzyme Q10 - research shows it can be beneficial against prostate cancer; maximum dose is 100 mg.  

There is an increasing amount of research on the benefits of pomegranate in both prevention and as a part of your treatment programme. In 2010 researchers showed pomegranate extract could reverse prostate cancer and in 2011 researchers from UCLA, Riverside showed pomegranate could stop metastases. It´s all in Cancer Watch! The researchers found that phenylpropanoids, hydrobenzoic acids, flavones and conjugated fatty acids in the fruit had the potential to stop cancer cells developing, to prevent metastases to nearby bone cells and even to kill prostate cancer. Look for a supplement called POMI-T. It has clinical trials behind it and it reduces PSA levels. 

Zinc - Is very important to prostate health. The prostate seems to store zinc and zinc is an active participant in maximising the effect of several antioxidants. 15-20 mgs as a daily supplement should be ample. Levels above 50 mgs are not to be recommended and could be counter-productive. 

Aspirin - Many solid tumour cancers start with inflammation and US research published by the American Medical Association has shown that women who take more than 7 aspirin tablets per week have 29 per cent less risk of breast cancer. Research from Oxford University and the Radcliffe Hospital showed a small aspirin a day (75 mgs) reduces cancer risk, stops metastases, and increases survival times. Long-chain omega 3 has been shown time and time again since the early 1980s to reduce inflammation at the cellular level. Nobel Prizes have even been won for work in this area. Curcumin, ginger and garlic can also achieve this anti-inflammatory effect; (Aloe Vera might be preferable to synthetic aspirin).

Other compounds that have research studies supporting their use in the reduction of prostate problems and even cancer include Medicinal mushrooms (we have an excellent article, click here), Biobran (click here) and Resveratrol (click here). 
 
Finally, a combination of rather odd ingredients has been reported to have an effect. Several prostate cancer books recommend that sufferers of enlarged prostates take:

Soya products

* saw palmetto oil (150-400 mgs) 

* panax ginseng (3-5 mgs)

* pygeum bark (1.5-2 mgs daily) 

Saw palmetto is known to interfere with hormone levels (for example, testosterone) and may reduce prostate swelling.

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Exercise and prostate cancer

There are now a great many studies showing that light to moderate daily exercise can increase life expectancy in prostate cancer.  

Go to: CANCERactive Guidelines on Diet and Exercise

You can also access a world of Complementary Therapies on this website - start with a 
kiddies´ guide to complementary therapies and choose the best ones for you. 

Alternative Prostate Cancer Treatments

1. Integrative prostate cancer treatments - Above we have covered natural compounds and exercise as ´preventative´ measures. But they offer far more. Let´s be clear. This is not just our view. In 2012, the American Cancer Society produced a report (now endorsed by America´s top cancer body the NCI). This report stated that since 2006, there has been an ´explosion´ in research into Complementary Therapies, and that there is now ´overwhelming evidence´ that complementary therapies such as diet, weight control and exercise can ´increase survival´ and ´even prevent a cancer returning´.

The NCI in 2012 produced research showing that certain natural compounds could stop a cancer re-growing. Those natural compounds included sulphoraphes, resveratrol, curcumin, piperine, vitamins A and E, theanine, choline and inositol, genistein, and EGCG (from green tea). The lead researcher said that they could all be taken as quality supplements!

Next UCLA (Cancer Watch) recorded that people who underwent ´Stress Management´ Courses survived ´Significantly Longer. What´s this? Well a Rainbow Diet - and particularly Fish oils - was a factor, as was exercise where yoga and meditation seem crucial to lowering stress hormone levels, and counseling.

2017 research on the Diet and exercise guidelines of The American Cancer Society (very similar to those of CANCERactive), show that people who most closely follow the guidelines have 31% less recurrence and 42% less death during the following 7 years!  

In drugs, Abiraterone (now approved by NICE since 2012) is the first new prostate drug for almost 40 years. It stops the cancer feeding. Next come the immunotherapy drugs which aim to boost your immune system.

2. Alternative prostate cancer treatments

We encourage readers to look into HIFU, or Ablation, localised hyperthermia and Proton Beam Therapy. 

One website that is useful in America is ´The Prostate Forum´ of Charles (Snuffy) Myers, who treats prostate patients using a number of old but repurposed drugs. He was one of the USA´s top scientists, and when he developed prostate cancer, he beat it using drugs that were not invented for prostate cancer but for other illnesses.

Go to: Charles Myers and prostate cancer

There are UK oncologists and private doctors using ´Repurposed old drugs´ to treat prostate cancer. 

For example, 

i) Metformin, the diabetes drug, reduces blood sugar and this can stop the cancer feeding. An alternative would be the herb Berberine which also has an action against cancer cells energy production systems.

Go to: Berberine as a cancer treatment

ii) A small lipophyllic statin - like atorvastatin. Taken in a low dose, it reduces blood LDL and triglyceride levels and reduces metastases.

iii) Mebendazole - a drug that kills threadworms. It has also been shown to be useful in metastatic prostate cancer.

iv) Dutasteride - an anti-oestrogen.  It can reduce prostate cancer risk.

v) LDN - a low dose of naltrexone has been shown to greatly enhance immune response.  

Go to: LDN and cancer

We have more on this very interesting area of well-tolerated repurposed cancer drug in our review:

Go to: Repurposing old drugs to fight cancer

Current 5-year survival rates in England are approximately 60 per cent. Although we have been improving, we are below the European average, and well below the best country Austria (83 per cent) according to the Eurocare 3 and 4 studies. There´s plenty of scope for you to improve your personal odds of beating the disease. 

Orthodox Prostate cancer treatment

Surgery

When the tumour is malignant, specialists prefer to operate through an area between the scrotum and the rectum, or  through the abdomen often removing the prostate, the seminal vesicles and the pelvic lymph nodes at the same time to see how far the disease has spread and cut accordingly. This is termed Radical Prostectomy (RP) and is major surgery; and as patients tend to be older it is risky, with the chances of complications growing as you age. Nerve damage is possible and after surgery there is a 70 per cent risk of impotence plus a 40 per cent risk of some incontinence one year later. You will be allowed home after about 10 days but there will be a tube to pass urine while the urethra heals for about 3 weeks.

All operations involving anaesthetic deplete the immune system, kill beneficial bacteria, weakening the body in its fight to neutralise possible secondaries as they move through the blood and lymph.

Keyhole surgery is also used. You should read the article on RP by Christopher Eden in which he concludes that the crucial factor in reducing nasty side-effects is the experience of the doctor and how many operations he has performed.

We do have an important article on surgery. You should read the article minimise the chances of surgery spreading your prostate cancer before going near a knife! 

Now read about HIFU, below. 

Radiotherapy

Radiotherapy is usually used if the surgeon doesn´t think he removed all the cancer cells.

Remember to keep taking your supplements


External radiotherapy requires six weeks of treatment, doesn´t directly hurt but kills all rapidly-reproducing cells in its line of fire. It is commonly used for men over 70. The side effects may be a problem. Diarrhoea and cystitis are common, there is possible damage to the bladder and rectum, incontinence, and 20-30 per cent of men report impotence.

Go To: how to get the best from your radiotherapy.

Remember to keep taking your supplements. UCLA and MD Anderson have shown they improve the success of radiotherapy. Claims that somehow antioxidants interfere with radiotherapy are without any scientific foundation, as far as we can tell. Medicinal mushroom extract, astragalus, flaxseed, beneficial bacteria/probiotics and fish oils can all improve the success of radiotherapy according to research covered in Cancer Watch.

To minimise side-effects readers should look into the use of Hyperbaric Oxygen when having radiotherapy treatment.

With radiotherapy or chemotherapy, readers should look into the research behind ´Fasting and cancer´ and how outcomes are improved. 

At CANCERactive of all the forms of radiotherapy, since the research shows they make little difference to survival, we would urge you to look at Proton Beam Therapy. No damage before the tumour, or behind it, or to the sides.

Brachytherapy

Also called Implant Therapy, this involves implanting "radiation" seeds into the prostate; this 2-day treatment is more localised, and can cause a burning sensation on urination. Long-term issues have not yet been noted in research.

In a study from St Luke´s Cancer Centre in Guildford, 300 patients were treated with low dose brachytherapy. This showed 93 per cent with early stage prostate cancer had survived 5 years. (Ed: this is where we get awfully confused. According to Royal Marsden 50 per cent of patients don´t need any treatment anyway, and US reports say that 90 per cent of people will survive 10 years from first diagnosis?! NICE has passed the treatment for general use, but many PCTs refuse to fund it. Are we surprised?)

Brachytherapy typically involves a 24 hour stay in hospital and a general anaesthetic. A needle inserts roughly 100 tiny radioactive seeds into the prostate gland.

We feel you might enjoy the following non sequitur from the web site of the former CancerBACKUP: ´All the radioactivity is absorbed within the prostate and so it is completely safe for you to be with other people. However, women who are (or could be) pregnant and children should not stay very close to you for long periods of time. You should not let children sit on your lap, but can hold or cuddle them for a few minutes each day and it is safe for them to be in the same room´.

Brachtherapy has no clinical trial data to support it.

Hormone Treatment

This method is frequently used as, of course, prostate cancer is hormonally driven.
There are several options, all designed to reduce that nasty testosterone!

  1.  Cutting the production of a pituitary hormone that causes the synthesis of testosterone in the testes. Goserelin (Zoladex), triptorelin, leuprorelin are drugs given at monthly or three monthly intervals)
  2.  Blocking testosterone receptor sites on the prostate cells with anti-androgens (e.g.. Flutamide, bicalutamide, cyproterone)
  3. A combination of 1 and 2.
  4. The use of a synthetic oestrogen, DES, to flatten production of testosterone

Pills

Recent research in Cancer Watch 2013 showed the best results were achieved when combining hormone therapy and radiotherapy. The biggest problem is that hormone control cannot be a long-term strategy. It would work providing the body didn´t fight back and work harder to make even more of the depleted hormone. Unfortunately, it does. A basic law of animal hormones is homeostasis - put in simple English, if you throw one of them out, the body will try everything it can to restore the norm!

Of course, oestrogen in large doses depletes the production of all testosterone and therefore DHT production. The question is, for how long? It is only a short term fix. And three years on, as their PSA scores start to rise again, many men are left in the very uncomfortable position of asking ´Now what?´ 

Also, all forms of hormone treatment have side effects. Impotence, loss of sex drive, hot flushes, even breast swelling and osteoporosis.

Worse, men who are treated for prostate cancer with hormone-targeted therapy have a higher risk of developing kidney problems according to research from a team of scientists at the McGill University, Montreal. Team leader Laurent Azoulay and his colleagues found that men taking hormone-targeted therapy were between two and three times more likely to have their kidneys stop working, taking into account other health conditions and medicines.

Zoladex is actually described as being for palliative care in prostate cancer.

Chemotherapy and Prostate Drugs

You can read an, albeit 5-year old, review of prostate cancer drugs by clicking here: Prostate Cancer Drugs. It will get you started. Our Drug search in the top right hand corner of this page will also be useful.

New drugs are being developed and the pace is heating. For example:

Abiraterone was the first prostate drug for 40 years, and the main reason for the extended life of the infamous Locherbie Bomber! It is now approved for use in the UK by NICE.

Trials of enzalutamide seem to suggest further life extension for men in the final stages of the disease.

Mono-clonal antibodies, immunotherapies and cancer growth blockers are the next generation. But clinical trials are yet to be finalised. 

Other ´mainstream´ prostate treatments

In some cases the surgeons will recommend removing the part of the testes that produces Testosterone. This is called oriechtomy.

There are many new treatments being used - for example cryosurgery (involving tissue being frozen to destroy abnormal cells). This is usually done with a special instrument that contains liquid nitrogen or liquid carbon dioxide.

Cancer Watch has covered several research studies on the use of viruses to kill prostate cancer tumour cells. In particular, building viruses into carriers that attach to the cancer cells and leave the healthy ones alone, are also being developed.

Some patients are offered the new ´wonder machine´ the Cybeknife. The theory is that, instead of using radiation from one point in one direction, this moves around the problem giving you a far lesser dose from each of, say, six angels, but a greater dose in the centre. Thus you will have less tissue damage in surrounding areas. Great theory, but no great Clinical Trial to prove the theory correct as yet! 

Localised Hyperthermia, HIFU in prostate treatment - The New Hope

We have covered this alternative prostate cancer treatment several times in icon. In fact we have been championing it for nearly 8 years. This new line of alternative prostate cancer treatment uses ultrasound and hyperthermia - heating cancer cells so that they die, while leaving the healthy tissue unharmed. In icon 2005, Issue 2, we covered the work of John Holt one of Australias top cancer experts in. Fighting cancer with waves. Holt was ridiculed and ostracised for 20 years. Now, after his retirement, his work is finding supporters.

Radio waves

Then you should read the CANCER WATCH feature Ultrasound - a real breakthrough in prostate cancer treatment. The treatment involves High Intensity Focussed Ultrasound and is also called Ablatherm; it originated in China, passing via Japan (where it went through clinical trials) to Europe. The treatment lasts for only about 90 minutes requiring a two to three day stay in hospital, it is virtually totally non-invasive and has an 87 per cent 5-year survival rate where used so far. There are 60 plus centres across Europe, and increasingly this treatment is being used by doctors in the UK.

You should also read  our exclusive interview with Professor Mark Pemberton  - he´s the leading UK researcher on HIFU. There has been an ´official trial´ on HIFU which concluded that it did not offer better survival rates than surgery, but there were less side-effects. However it was used on very newly diagnosed cancers that had not spread, and politics unfortunately raised their head. And newer and more advanced machinery is making HIFU and extremely exciting alternative to surgery. Few if any side-effects, a short stay in hospital, almost completely effective, and it could be repeated if required.

As I said above, HIFU is part of a general treatment referred to as Ablation, or Ablatherm. 

Having talked to several patients who have used it - one who paid 5000 euros to go privately in Europe at Klinik St. Georg, and two who were treated in London. Everyone was extremely happy. A quick ´operation´ and no side-effects. You should look into HIFU, probably in one of the German Clinics (they tend to use heat rather than ultrasound) - where the tumour is confined to the prostate, the therapy literally melts the cancer away. If, for some reason, the cancer returns, you can have it done again.

Now, coming from America, is the NanoKnife - it uses electrical pulses in a treatment like HIFU or ablation, to damage cancer cell walls and liquify them.

Since the start of 2006 we have also been bringing readers news of the Pfeifer Protocol, where clinical trials in Switzerland showed this protocol successful in 65 per cent of the patients that Dr. Pfeifer has used it on, even though it has largely been used with patients that have either failed conventional treatments or have been unable to tolerate them. 

It is important to note that Ben Pfeifer´s protocol at the moment is only for hormone refractory prostate cancer and the results vary depending upon the case. The protocol has been less successful when not tailored to the PSA level and/or when patients stop taking their normal conventional medication. We pass on this alternative therapy, purely for information. We really have no view on it one way or the other. You must discuss this with your oncologist before taking an action.

Pfeifer´s protocol for hormone-refractory prostate cancer is a regime of natural health supplements herbs, glyco-nutrients, vitamins and minerals. These nutrients come in the form of four commercially available food supplements Prostasol, Biobran, Imupros and Curcumin Complex.

If you are looking for supplements click on the tab at the top of the page and go to the Natural Selection shop where they have selected the best of the best and you can buy with confidence.
 
Despite this all-natural-compound protocol being the sort of treatment usually ridiculed by the more conservative corners of the UK´s medical orthodoxy, Bart´s Hospital in London is giving it a trial, on patients for whom they have run out of treatment options! Professor Pfeifer was the Director for Clinical Research at the Aeskulap Clinic in Switzerland a cutting edge healthcare centre, which combines conventional orthodox medicine with complementary therapies in the form of clinical holistic medicine. Pfeifer carried out his medical training in Germany and went on to specialise in Cancer Immunology, receiving an Immunological Research Prize in Florida, USA. He has had 59 publications in peer-reviewed medical journals and has presented numerous papers at medical conferences. Pfeifer has since left the Aeskulap Clinic and it is all a little mysterious. You can read more about the limited test being conducted at St Bart´s Hospital by clicking the hospital name.
 
Al Smith, whose website is www.prostatecancernow.org was the first patient on the protocol in the UK and offers support and information to other sufferers. We have also covered the story of Ken Jones in icon Living Proof. You can also find details of the Pfeifer Protocol  on this website.

The Bart´s trial all seems to have gone quiet. Pfeifer left his Swiss Clinic for a while but now seems to have returned. All a little puzzling. MGN-3 Biobran is an extremely good immune boosting supplement. Tumeric/curcumin has a lot of research on its anti-cancer benefits. You might think about them as supplements anyway. The American Cancer Society recommends breaking a curcumin tablet open into a spoon of olive oil, and putting it with black pepper (piperine) - all to aid effect and absorption. 

Apricot Kernels and B-17

I apologise here and now to all the extremely conservative Doctors in Britain but I just have to mention this. I have interviewed Dr Contreras from the Oasis of Hope. He is Mexican and trained in Chicago. He is the World´s expert on B-17 and will honestly tell you that it has no effect on brain tumours, sarcomas and liver cancer. But he uses it for other cancers and as I travel the world speaking at various venues, I have been struck by how many men have come up to me and told me that eating apricot kernels has greatly reduced their PSA readings. Far, far more times than I have been accosted by all other cancer patients taking apricot kernels added together!  But to be clear - I do NOT think B-17 is a cure for cancer, and I never have done.

Complementary therapies for prostate cancer; Alternative therapies for prostate cancer 


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We believe you can increase your personal odds of cancer survival by taking simple health-enhancing steps and adding both complementary cancer therapies and alternative cancer therapies into your mix of treatments. 

For example, Hyperbaric Oxygen, curcumin, calorie restriction, melatonin, probiotics and whole body hyperthermia have all been shown in research to make chemotherapy work better. It then kills more cells! The research is covered on this website. Surely it makes a lot of sense to use them in your personal cancer treatment programme?

Go to: How to improve your chemotherapy

We cover how to improve your radiotherapy (and reduce side-effects) too. 

Go to: Improve your Radiotherapy, and reduce side-effects

We have a complete review of Immunotherapy telling you the accurate figures and what to watch out for. We tell you what is working and when two new drugs have been used, rather than one. It´s a new, emerging and alternative cancer therapy, but not fully there yet!

Go to: A complete review of Immunotherapy  

Then we have an article on how to improve the success of your radiotherapy (and reduce the potential side-effects) – all by adding complementary therapies. Our Guidelines on Diet and Exercise can be found through this link:

Go to: CANCERactive Guidelines on Diet and exercise 

Our recommended anti-cancer diet is the colourful Mediterranean Diet (with its focus on the French paradox):  

Go to: The Rainbow Diet

Like Hippocrates, we believe all cancer begins in the gut and that gut problems, yeast, viral and parasite infections are common constituents of cancer.

Go to: All cancer begins in the gut

But if you just want to look at the most comprehensive list of Complementary Therapies you can find it here:

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And if you want alternative cancer therapies start here:

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