Cancer Treatment Available Abroad At Affordable Cost –Cancer Treatment

Cancer is one of the most serious diseases that can afflict a person. With over 200 different types of cancer that can occur within the human body, there are numerous treatment options available. Patients who decide to go abroad for cancer treatment often have more considerations to deal with than most other types of treatments.

Some of the most common cancer treatments that can be found in India include : –

Bone Marrow Transplant : – Bone marrow is a spongy tissue found inside bones. The bone marrow in the breast bone, skull, hips, ribs and spine contains stem cells that produce the body’s blood cells.

Brachytherapy : – Brachytherapy treatment in India is radiation that is given inside the patient, as close to the cancer as possible. The radiation is delivered inside the body with radioactive isotopes (chemical elements), inside delivery devices such as wires, seeds, or rods. These devices are called implants.

Breast Cancer Treatment : – The term breast cancer refers to a malignant tumor that has developed from cells in the breast. The breast is composed of two main types of tissues: glandular tissues and stromal (supporting) tissues.

Chemotherapy Treatment : – Chemotherapy is a general term for treatments that use chemical agents (drugs) to kill cancer cells. Many different kinds of drugs are used, either alone or in combination, to treat different cancers.

IMRT : – Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) is a powerful cancer-fighting technology. Annually, Mayo Clinic radiation oncologists treat more than 200 patients using IMRT.

Lung Cancer Treatment : – Lung cancer starts in the cells of the lung .The lungs are in the chest on either side of the heart. The right lung has 3components or lobes and the left lung 2 lobes. Air is inhaled through the nose and throat and flows past the voice box (larynx) into the windpipe (Trachea).

Prostate Cancer Treatment in India : – Prostate cancer is the leading malignancy in men over the age of 50. It is due to the abnormal proliferation of prostatic tissue cells. It is often a slow-growing cancer and remains localized at first. Later, it may extend as it spreads to nearby tissues and organs and then metastasizes to other more distant organs (lymph nodes, bones, lungs, etc.) via the bloodstream and the lymphatic system.

Radiation Therapy : – Tumors are made up of cells that are reproducing at abnormally high rates. Radiation therapy specifically acts against cells that are reproducing rapidly. Normal cells are programmed to stop reproducing (or dividing) when they come into contact with other cells.

Stereotactic Radiosurgery and Radiotherapy : – Stereotactic radiosurgery is a highly precise form of radiation therapy used primarily to treat tumors and other abnormalities of the brain. Despite its name, stereotactic radiosurgery is a non-surgical procedure that uses highly focused x-rays to treat certain types of tumors, inoperable lesions and as a post-operative treatment to eliminate any leftover tumor tissue or to obliterate abnormal blood vessels in congenital arteriovernous malformations.

The aim of cancer treatment is to completely remove cancerous tissue from the patient without causing significant damage to the rest of the body. Cancer occurs when cancerous cells in the body multiply uncontrollably and accumulate in tumorous masses.

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Do You Have Prostate Problems

If you dear sir we want and care see your doctor after age 45. Your prostate should be under “surveillance” because from that age is starting to grow and cannot help it.

Small but important so is his prostate. This gland is a walnut size which enables all children of Adam has the desired offspring. To tell the urologist oncologist believe it or not “is the most important part of the male reproductive system. Without it there could be multiplied or leave fruit in this life. Without it their “brave soldiers could not march into war” and the “chosen” would never “conquer” the egg metaphorically speaking of course.

But what makes Prostate so important? It turns out that the prostate produces a fluid indispensable not semen or sperm which allows the sperm to navigate to the outside of your body with ease. This is the prostate liquor.

This fluid “dissolves” the thick mucus produced in the seminal vesicles so that sperm can travel through that medium well known to all until you reach the desired destination.

Without prostate liquor would not therefore the millions of “soldiers” could not achieve happiness. But like all things in the world even this happiness last forever.

The prostate to tell the oncologist at the National Institute of Neoplastic Diseases (INEN) from the 45 years begins to suffer inevitably a number of changes. Begins to grow and grow. This abnormal development is called by medical science Enlarged Prostate Problems Or Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH).

From a small nut the prostate may become a peach. But do not panic this is not cancer. It is as its name implies benign. But this does not mean he will not embarrass you.

And the first symptoms of prostate problems by the feel when you try to urinate and cannot or when their strong desire to go to the bathroom will result in a poor result.

For things of Mother Nature the urethra (the tube where they exit the urine) passes through the middle of the prostate due to BPH the canal is imprisoned from provoking the so-called obstructive syndrome.

As you get older so does the prostate grows in size and triggering BPH.

This could cause problems emptying the bladder or urinary retention. It could even warp the walls of the bladder. Therefore older adults urinate often and little adding that this is going to happen to everyone. If as I read none will be saved.

FOR ALL

100% of men have BPH prostate problems. But that eye it will happen to the 45 and it might not cause discomfort to the 50 or 55. But ultimately the 70s and 80s feel (for her trouble urinating) that your prostate has grown abnormally.

This is an inevitable phenomenon but only 50% of men need surgery for this condition. “Some 30% require medical treatment to relieve these symptoms of obstruction as there are drugs that relax the urethra and allow the man urinate better. What about the other 20%? For this group may live with their symptoms. Why? Well simply because appreciate a less significant decrease in their urination.

Even with luck this group and all others must attend regularly (at least once a year) to a urologist to monitor the growth of prostate know their status and that can only be done through the digital rectal examination.

As recommended by the specialist who also advises Complementary ask so prostate specific antigen (PSA for its acronym in English). This is a test that will predict or suspect degeneration-now self-malignant gland.

Pure machismo

While the first of the reviews made him turn back stop and not run away. Their fears are unfounded? Do not let me touch the prostate because I’m going to die undefeated’ is the classic answer that we heard in the consultation” said the expert and is indignant because a digital rectal exam could save the lives of many. This test can detect any abnormal growth.

But if this is still not convinced know that this is a test of short duration. Literally in good hands no longer than 20 seconds. “This test does not hurt anyone. Do not make silly ideas. Digital rectal examination never goes out of fashion because it is an irreplaceable review. So do not listen to those who will say this game will test your manhood. The only thing at stake is your health and of course your prostate. See your doctor. No matter.

Other conditions

PROSTATITIS. This is the second most common pathology of the prostate. Most are chronic and presented as perineal pain back pain increased sensitivity of the skin on the thighs and discomfort with urination. It gives the 50% of men mainly young people. Is directly related to sexual life takes. “All that is where God sends” cause prostatitis.

The Prostate Cancer. When present in the peripheral area grows. This disease does not produce symptoms and when it appears to be a prostate cancer too “aggressive.” It is said that 100% of men aged 80 have prostate cancer but only 30% develop the clinical form of the disease. Moreover all could be cancer histology.

 

Figures

  • 100% of men suffer from Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH).
  • 50% of young men suffer from prostatitis due to their sexual activity.
  • 30% will suffer from prostate cancer. It comes in the periphery of the gland.
  • 5 out of every thousand men will suffer from some form of cancer according to INEN.

Interventions and risks

The expert explained that currently the urethra can be released from the pressure exerted by the abnormal growth of the prostate through an endoscopic surgery or laser. But eye this does not eliminate the possibility of cancer.

This kind of surgery should be performed after 60 years as they leave consequences in the reproductive function because they are not harmless. Also leave him incontinent or produce a retrograde ejaculation (backward man ejaculates and semen is excreted through the urine).

No responsible urologist says propose prostate surgery of this nature without warn his patient about these risks. Once the man is involved would complete its reproductive function and may not have children so desires.

What is HIFU

High Intensity Focused Ultrasound, or HIFU, is a therapy that destroys tissue with rapid heat elevation, which essentially “cooks” the tissue. Ultrasound energy, or sound waves, is focused at a specific location and at that “focal point” the temperature raises to 90 degrees Celsius in a matter of seconds.

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Over 6000 men, in nearly 100 HIFU centers worldwide, have already chosen HIFU with the Sonablate® 500, because it is the most advanced HIFU therapy available. Discover HIFU and to see if you qualify!

 

What Sets us Apart?

What sets our clinic apart is our unending drive to do for the patient and the disease what is required while understanding that all patients are not candidates for this treatment at the time of clinical presentation. Success with HIFU is no different than success with any other treatment. Success is defined by treating a population with prostate cancer who are proven to have organ confined cancer. Failure diminishes our mission for success because a PSA may be too high, cancer cells were spread unknowingly through a simple biopsy procedure, cancer cells were in the seminal vesicles and we didn’t know it, or the prostate was too big or had too much calcification to be treated appropriately. You will be able to see the difference in just one phone call to our clinic in consultation with me or a short plane ride to validate our center of operation. Because the decision you make about prostate cancer will be the most significant for the rest of your life, you deserve the best. Allow me and my staff to raise the bar on the doctor patient relationship and join you on your journey to a successful outcome from your HIFU experience.

Why should I consider a prostate mapping MRI scan if I have had a HIFU procedure in India?

There are multiple reasons for a patient who has had a HIFU (high intensity focused ultrasound) procedure to consider a 3.0 Tesla MRI-Spectroscopy scan. Most noteworthy is for patients who have not nadired their PSA value at less than 0.5 ng/ml, following the procedure. This could be the first sign and the best sign that residual tissue present may be consistent with prostate cancer. Given the fact that HIFU is recognized as a definitive treatment for prostate cancer, it is generally expected that all cells treated have been ablated or destroyed by the intense thermal energy delivered; assuming that patient selection process was appropriate. Spectroscopy associated with the most precise objective diagnostic imaging technique worldwide will define cells as alive or dead based on the metabolic profile or ratio of cellular by-products: choline, creatine and citrate. An MRI-Spectroscopy scan would be the preferred method of disease evaluation when compared to biopsy. Specifically, it would not be prudent to have a biopsy when it is well known that biopsies spread cancer cells even in a post treatment setting. Remember, you can’t cure a disease once it has escaped the prostate capsule. Once it is determined that residual cells are cancerous, a salvage procedure can be scheduled including a repeat HIFU procedure.

Similarly, a rising PSA value following HIFU would suggest a less than complete ablative procedure and the return of cancer prompting an MRI-S scan. The scan will identify a specific target or region of interest (ROI) for a subsequent treatment. I generally recommend an interval of 6 months to pass prior to performing a scan to allow for an adequate healing process to have taken place. Beyond this, there are many men who want to know with certainty that the ‘scourge of prostate cancer’ has been totally eliminated. There is a deep sense of relief and satisfaction knowing that the disease has been adequately treated, allowing a man to get on with his life. Men with questions are encouraged to speak with their HIFU surgeon or call our ‘Center of Excellence’ for updated information, availability or scheduling.

Safe cure for prostate cancer

76-Year-Old Is First To Undergo HIFU Procedure In India

To reduce pain and high risk involved in surgical treatment, prostate cancer patients can now opt for a non-surgical, radiation-free procedure.

The High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) procedure — a non-invasive and non-ionizing procedure — was introduced for the first time in Karnataka, with a 76-year-old patient undergoing it on Wednesday.

Dr S K Raghunath, uro-oncologist, Health-Care Global Enterprises Ltd (HCG), said the procedure was successful and the patient was responding well. “Since HIFU was conducted for the first time, it took time

to plan. It began at 4.30pm and ended at 8.30pm. There was no blood loss or scar. Since the patient is 76 years old, he will have to stay in hospital for a day, and will be discharged on Thursday or Friday.’’

The treatment is typically a two- to three-hour procedure performed once, primarily on out-patient basis under spinal anaesthesia. “Patients start walking within hours, and can return to a normal life within a couple of days,” he added.

HIFU technology uses ultrasound to destroy deep-seated tissue with pinpoint accuracy. “An acoustic ablation technique, it targets sound waves to the affected area, rapidly increasing temperature by 90-95 degrees in that zone, causing tissue destruction,’’ Dr Raghunath said.

A gift of health for retd teachers

On Teachers Day, 100 retired teachers with arthritis will undergo total joint replacement surgery for free.

Sparsh Foundation, a charitable wing of Sparsh Hospital, will hold ‘Sparsh Guru Namana — Tribute to Teachers’ programme from September 5 to 12 for teachers who were screened by the medical team on June 25 and 26.

The service, which costs Rs 1.5 lakh to Rs 2 lakh per patient, will also be extended to retired teachers from across the state.

They can fix an appointment by contacting the following numbers —9743214890, 9008475000 — or the Sparsh Foundation at Narayana Health City on Hosur Road, at 080 27835921/22. This is for a screening test on August 16 and 17 between 9am and 5pm at the hospital in Bangalore.

The retired teachers need to carry an ID proof of their services as a teacher and previous medical records if .

EARLY DIAGNOSIS IS IMPORTANT

“We were able to diagnose the cancer in the early stages. After evaluating that his fitness, we went ahead with the procedure,” Dr S K Raghunath, urooncologist, HealthCare Global Enterprises Ltd (HCG), said. Before starting treatment, the age of the patient, general condition, stage and grade of the disease and patient’s preference are considered. “It is helpful for the elderly who are unfit for surgery, with little or no chance of erectile dysfunction and incontinence,” he said. Mukesh Rana, country manager, India HIFU, said the procedure confirms whether the cancerous tissue has been treated.

HOW COMMON IS IT?

In India, prostate cancer is the fifth most common cancer and fourth leading cause of mortality. In 2009, 18,000 new cases were diagnosed. There has been a 1% increase every year.

MORE ABOUT PROSTATE CANCER

  • Patients are often asymptomatic
  • No symptoms in early stages
  • Early stage cases are diagnosed either because of digital rectal exam or because of PSA blood test used for screening cancer
  • Symptoms indicate advanced stage

SYMPTOMS OF ADVANCED PROSTATE CANCER

  • Weak urinary stream or slow stream
  • Difficulty in initiation of urination
  • Difficulty emptying the bladder
  • Burning sensation during urination
  • Blood in urine, limb endema, weight loss and bone pain
  • Incidence increasing continuously for those over 20 yrs old
  • Rise in incidence is partially caused by improved detection capability, especially using prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test
  • Currently, 75-85% of prostate cancers are not organ-confined in India because of lack of awareness. Hence, HCG is planning to start awareness programmes and campaigns

Surgery-free cure for prostate cancer?

New Delhi: Curing prostate cancer — the most common non-skin cancer in men — may no longer require a surgery. And what’s better, it could take just 1-4 hours time, with patients walking out of hospital in two days flat.

Urologists in India are trying out the High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU), a new technology that does not require the removal of the entire prostate gland. Instead, it “cooks the prostate tissue” with ultrasound beams, passed by a robotic arm through the patient’s rectum, destroying and evaporating all the cancerous cells.

HIFU is a one-time procedure performed under regional anesthesia and can completely cure prostate as large as 40 grams. Conventionally, surgery has been the only approach for treating many solid tumors, benign or malignant. Dr N P Gupta, president of Urological Association of Asia, says a study in 1992 had said that 6.7 per lakh population in India suffers from prostate cancer. At present, the prostate cancer surgery of choice is a robotic radical prostatectomy, in which the prostate gland and attached vesicles are removed. It is done via five to six keyhole incisions made in the abdomen. According to urologist Dr Ramesh Ramayya from Hyderabad, a radical prostatectomy, however, can lead to loss of urinary control in patients and also result in male impotency.

Gupta said around 10% patients who undergo radical prostatectomy may suffer from incontinence.

Dr Ramayya said, “Around 60% of patients also become impotent post the prostatectomy. Those who are treated by HIFU don’t suffer from incontinence at all. Only 20% in this category may suffer from impotency.”

Dr Gupta, who is also head of urology at AIIMS, said HIFU is best suited for small sized prostrates. “The normal volume of a prostate is 20 grams. HIFU is highly effective in prostates as big as 40 grams. Even though HIFU seems to be the technique of the future, at present, it’s under clinical trial and we don’t know it’s long term efficacy,” he added.

Explaining HIFU, experts said it is non-invasive. A small probe inserted into the rectum emits ultrasound waves directly to the prostatic tissue. Ultrasound energy is focused at a specific location which kills the cancer cells. In the focal zone, the temperature is rapidly elevated to 90 degrees celsius in a matter of seconds which causes tissue destruction. During HIFU, the entire prostate is treated or ablated.

Dr Ramayya said, “The treatment is pain free. People can return to a normal lifestyle within a couple of days.” “During the procedure, the probe constantly delivers real-time images of the prostate and the surrounding area, giving the physician immediate and detailed information,” he added.

Dr Ramayya, who has till now successfully cured three prostate cancer patients with HIFU, will demonstrate the technique at the international symposium on diseases of the prostate gland at All India Institute of Medical Sciences on Saturday. According to Dr Gupta, the disease of the prostate gland is a global problem with the increase in aged population. The prostate is a small gland that is part of the male reproductive system. It lies just below the bladder and in front of the rectum. Prostate cancer is usually very slow growing and is most common among men between ages 60 and 80.

Prostate Cancer Research with Transgenic Mouse Model

Prostate cancer is the cancer developed in the male reproductive system. The cancer cells can spread from the prostate to other parts of the body, such as the bones and lymph nodes. According to the past statistics, prostate cancer will likely claim more than thirty thousand lives of men in the United States each year, and some more men will be diagnosed with the disease. To date, it is believed that the primary risk factors are obesity, age and family history, but a comprehensive understanding of the causes of prostate cancer remains elusive.

Progress towards the investigation of prostate cancer has been slow due to the lack of suitable animal models that can adequately reproduce the spectrum of benign, latent, aggressive, and metastatic forms of the human diseases, helping studying the spectrum of this uniquely human disease. Although naturally occurring prostatic disease has been reported in some animal’s species, such as canine and rodent animals, these animals still fail to provide the appropriate models to adequately study the molecular mechanisms related to the early development and progression of human prostate cancer.

Researchers have started a research program to establish transgenic mouse model for prostate cancer by using a prostate-specific transgenic expression system that has been developed in their laboratories based on the rat probasin (rPB)-encoding gene. To develop an animal model for prostate cancer, they generate several lines of transgenic mice by using the prostate-specific rat probasin promoter to drive expression of the simian virus 40 large tumor antigencoding region. According to their observation, mice express high levels of the transgene and display progressive forms of prostatic disease that histologically resemble human prostate cancer. And prostate tumors have been successfully detected in the mice prostate as early as 10 weeks of age. The immunohistochemical analysis of tumor tissue has demonstrated that dorsolateral prostate-specific secretory proteins are confined to well differentiate ductal epithelial cells adjacent to, or within tumor mass. What’s more, the prostate tumors in the mice also display elevated levels of nuclear p53 and a decreased heterogeneous pattern of androgen-receptor expression, as observed in advanced human prostate cancer.

The simian virus 40 (SV40) early-region tumor antigens with the ability to induce transformation in vivo have also been used to facilitate this study. The SV40 large tumor T antigen acts as an oncoprote in through interactions with the retinoblastoma and p53 tumor-suppressor gene products, and the small tantigen interacts with a protein phosphatase. They have been used successfully in transgenic mice to induce a transformed state in a variety of systems, including pancreas, mammary gland, and others. It is believed that the directly expressing SV40 tumor antigen in the prostate epithelium of transgenic mice may provide a better mouse model for the development and progression of prostate cancer.

According to their recent study, the rPB gene encodes an androgen- and zinc-regulated protein specific to the dorsolateral epithelium (6-8) and isolation of the rPB gene has facilitated identification of cis-acting androgen-response regions within the 5′ flanking region. The ability of the prostate-specific rPB gene promoter to target heterologous genes specifically to the prostate in transgenic mice has been demonstrated. The minimal rPB promoter is specifically regulated by androgens in vivo with the ability to target developmentally and hormonally regulated expression of a heterologous gene specifically to the prostate in transgenic mice. And it has been used to target expression of the SV40 early-region genes specifically to the prostate of transgenic mice.

Nowadays, the establishment of breeding lines of transgenic mice provides an animal model system to study the molecular basis of transformation of normal prostatic cells and the factors influencing the progression to metastatic prostate cancer. The ability to induce prostatic disease in a transgenic mouse provides an animal model system to better study prostate cancer and the treatment and prevention of prostate cancer. By the way, the US-based bio-tech service company Creative Animodel, as a professional animal model service supplier, can help develop high quality transgenic mouse models for research use.

Source : Prostate Cancer Treatment in India

Detect Prostate Cancer Early with These Tests

Prostate cancer is a real threat for men across the world. No man is safe, which is why preventative methods should be employed to reduce chances of an occurrence. The alternative cancer treatment centers in India are capable of screening for and treating prostate cancer India. There are different types of tests on the market today, most of which are invasive and uncomfortable for the patient. However, it’s important for men to know the available options at conventional, as well as naturopathic medicine centers in Phoenix.

The best way to fight cancer is to prevent it. But when that isn’t enough, early detection is key. The following methods are used by conventional doctors when looking for early warning signs of prostate cancer.

PSA Blood Test

Both cancerous and normal prostate cells create a substance called prostate-specific antigens (PSA). This substance is mostly found inside of semen, but can also be found within your bloodstream. Most healthy men will have levels beneath four nanograms per millimeter of blood. Prostate cancer risks rise when these levels increase.

It is possible for someone to have prostate cancer without having their PSA levels rise. Around 15 percent of males with PSA levels beneath four have prostate cancer confirmed by a biopsy. PSA levels between four and 10 gives you a one in four chance of getting prostate cancer. Levels above 10 increases risks to over 50 percent.

There are different factors that can present a false positive in PSA blood tests. For example, it can be increased by:

  • Older age
  • Prostatitis
  • Ejaculation (shouldn’t be done two days before test)
  • Riding a bike
  • Certain medications
  • Certain urologic procedures
  • Enlarged prostate

Some alternative cancer treatment centers in Phoenix may use this method.

Digital Rectal Exam

This is another invasive method that a lot of men are uncomfortable with performing. This is when the doctor inserts a gloved lubricated finger into your rectum to feel around for hard areas and bumps. This test is less reliable than the PSA blood test.

Color Power Doppler Ultrasound

This is a non-invasive procedure that utilizes ultrasound equipment to capture sonographic images of the prostate. It’s more sophisticated than a typical ultrasound. It uses higher frequency sound waves, allowing for a higher resolution color image of your prostate and any cancer growths that may be present. This type of procedure is available at UrocareIndia, one of the top alternative cancer treatment centers not only in Delhi but the INDIA.

The Effects of Obesity on Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is one of the lesser-known effects of obesity. Evidence suggests that obesity both increases the risk of prostate cancer and contributes to a poor prostate cancer prognosis, partly because obesity interferes with diagnostic evaluation of the prostate.

Does Obesity Increase Prostate Cancer Risk?

Whether an increased risk of prostate cancer is one of the effects of obesity has been a topic of fierce debate among urologists and oncologists.

High fat diets that contribute to obesity increase the risk of prostate cancer. Increased rates of prostate cancer in countries such as Japan began at the same time as an increase in high-fat western diets. While these figures don’t prove a definite connection between the effects of obesity and prostate cancer, they do suggest the possibility that a healthy diet may be important in heading off cancers of various types.

Obesity and Prostate Cancer Diagnosis

Obesity can hide early signs of prostate cancer. A prostate cancer biopsy is the definitive diagnostic tool for prostate cancer. Doctors will usually only perform a prostate cancer biopsy after screening tests detect the possibility of cancer. Obesity can interfere with these screening tools.

The simplest screening tool for prostate cancer is the digital rectal exam. This exam is more difficult to perform in obese patients, as fat tissue may mask a growing prostate tumor. Some patients may put off examin

The prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test is a blood test. High levels of PSA indicate the possibility of cancer and the need for a prostate cancer biopsy. Fat cells produce hormones that reduce levels of PSA in the blood, reducing the likelihood of early prostate cancer detection.

The Effects of Obesity on Prostate Cancer Prognosis

Because the effects of obesity often delay a prostate cancer biopsy, an obese man often has a less favorable prostate cancer prognosis when compared to men of normal weight. Prostate cancer death rates are higher in men with high body mass indexes.

A study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology (2004) concluded that men with BMI scores higher than 30 are up to 34 percent more likely to die from prostate cancer death than men with BMI scores from 18.5 to 24.9.

Obesity may have also impact a prostate cancer prognosis in other ways. Obese men have a greater risk of aggressive prostate cancer, according to the Journal of Clinical Oncology (2004) report. As with so many of the effects of obesity, determining why obese men tend to develop aggressive prostate cancer is unclear.

Exercise Could Lower Risk of Prostate Cancer Death

A groundbreaking study from the Harvard School of Public Health and the University of California, San Francisco finds men with prostate cancer who regularly exercise have a lower risk of dying from the disease.

The study evaluated physical activity after the men were diagnosed with prostate cancer and its relation to mortality, specifically associated with the disease, as well as overall mortality.

The study, which appears in the online edition of the Journal of Clinical Oncology, included research of 2,705 men over an 18-year period. The men told researchers the average amount of time they spent doing physical activity like walking, swimming and working outdoors. Study researchers say men who did more vigorous activity overall were less likely to die from prostate cancer.

“This is good news for men living with prostate cancer who wonder what lifestyle practices to follow to improve cancer survival,” says study lead author Stacey Kenfield.

Prostate cancer will affect one in six men during their life, according to the Harvard School of Public Health. The disease is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American men. Kenfield says the study results suggest that men can reduce their risk of prostate cancer progression after being diagnosed by adding exercise to their daily routine.

The study looked at both non-vigorous and vigorous activity in participants and results showed both were actually beneficial. “Our results suggest that men with prostate cancer should do some physical activity for their overall health, even if it is a small amount, such as 15 minutes of activity per day,” says Kenfield, who recommended walking, gardening or biking.

However, vigorous activity for more than three hours per week was associated with significantly lowering the risk of dying from prostate cancer. Those who participated in this type of exercise had a 61 percent lower risk of death than those who did less than one hour per week of vigorous exercise.

Scientists are also looking at ways to use the immune system to reduce prostate cancer risks by exploring immune therapy treatments, but for now, daily exercise, which has also shown to improve cardiovascular health, may improve the odds against cancer deaths.

Advice to Prostate Cancer Victims

Overview

If you’ve been told you have prostate cancer, you could be feeling fear, anxiety and even anger. But you are not alone. Prostate cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in men. One in five men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer sometime in their life. Don’t let your concerns overwhelm you; there are things you can do.

Educate Yourself about Prostate Cancer

The prostate is a small, walnut-shaped gland that produces semen and transports sperm. Cancer of the prostate usually grows very slowly and may require no treatment or just minimal treatment. Other forms of prostate cancer can be aggressive and spread quickly, so it is important to get a proper diagnosis and treatment if needed. The earlier prostate cancer is detected, the better your chances of getting proper treatment. Learn everything you can about prostate cancer. Ask your doctor for patient education resources.

Learn about Prostate Cancer Treatment Options

Prostate cancer can be treated in a number of ways: surgery, radiation, hormone therapy, chemotherapy or a combination of treatments. The most common form of treatment, external beam radiation, uses high-powered X-rays to kill cancer cells. Another popular form of treatment is to implant radioactive seeds into the prostate. These deliver a high dose of radiation to the cancer over a long period of time. Hormone therapy may be used to stop your body from producing testosterone, which can increase the growth of cancer cells. If hormone therapy doesn’t work, your doctor may recommend chemotherapy, where chemicals are used to destroy cancer cells. Chemotherapy can be quite effective but it isn’t a cure. In more serious cases of prostate cancer, a radical prostatectomy may be recommended to remove the prostate gland. Side effects can include erectile dysfunction or urinary incontinence.

Work with Your Doctor to Determine the Best Treatment for You

You may not be given a choice about what treatment is best for you. Your doctor should help you understand what your options are and why a certain treatment is recommended for you. Treatment depends upon the stage of the cancer, the type of cancer and if any other organs are affected. Your health and age will also be a determinant in the treatment that is recommended. Your doctor will help you understand your options and will recommend options for treatment. If your cancer doesn’t respond to traditional therapies, your doctor should discuss alternative therapies with you.

Work at Being Mentally and Physically Healthy

Even though you have prostate cancer, there are things you can do every day to maintain a good level of physical and mental health. Eat a healthy, balanced diet. Limit fats and eat more vegetables, fruits and whole fibers. Get regular exercise to improve your heart and vascular system and to maintain a healthy weight. Keep up your daily routines; go back to work; visit friends and family; participate in outside activities as your doctor allows. Find a friend or counselor to talk to. Cancer can be anxiety-producing, and many times, talking with someone you trust will make you feel better. Continue your sex life as before. If you have problems with erectile dysfunction, ask your doctor to help you find solutions. Simply cuddling, holding and caressing can be extremely satisfying for you and your partner. Above all, try to stay positive. The experience of dealing with cancer may reveal a stronger sense of spirituality and emotional strength that you never knew you had.