Alternative prostate cancer treatments, proton radiation, combo therapies and supplements that reduce the growth of, or shrink or eliminate tumors. Scientific studies and prostate cancer.
An alternative prostate cancer treatment that gives the killing power of radiation for the tumor without destroying healthy cells is proton therapy, says Frank Schallenberger, M.D. in his report, Real Cures Healing Series, Vol I, p. 39-41, copyright 2013. This treatment for prostate cancer actually destroys the tumor's unique DNA profile so it can't re-grow in other parts of the body.
Instead of using a shotgun-type approach with radiation, Proton Beam Therapy focuses a pinpoint beam of maximum radiation just to the tumor. Tens of thousands of patients have been treated with good results. A study by Loma Linda University Medical Center in the U.S. found that 8 of 10 patients remained cancer-free up to five years later. There's no damage to healthy cells or organs.
Side effects? Maybe a little nausea during treatment for some, but 95% of the time there are no side effects. Proton therapy for prostate cancer can zap tumors before they spread, but if they have already spread, it's too late to use this treatment.
You should definitely read this article about this prostate cancer treatment: Proton Beam Therapy for Localized Prostate Cancer 101: Basics, Controversies, and Facts. Skim the first part, and then read from "Protons: A Different Mechanism." The article can be confusing, because it compares photons to protons, which sound alike.
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As men grow older, they produce more estrogen, which can cause cancer to grow and spread. A 50-year-old drug called DES (diethylstilbesterol) blocks the effects of estrogen. It can cause some prostate cancer tumors to stop spreading and get smaller.
However, to stop unwanted side effects, such as sexual dysfunction and enlarged breasts in men, the dose of DES for prostate cancer must be very small. Dr. Schallenberger starts with a dose of 0.1 milligram and increases to one milligram daily, if necessary.
As an alternative prostate cancer treatment, Dr. Schallenberger combines DES with melatonin, using melatonin at up to 20 milligrams a day, because studies show melatonin blocks the growth-stimulating effects of estrogen on cancer cells.
In rats, melatonin injections resulted in an 85% reduction in tumor growth. If the DES/melatonin combo does not result in tumor slowing or shrinking at the lowest dose, Dr. Schallenberger increases the dose.
A group of US urologists treated prostate cancer patients who had failed standard therapy with a combination of vitamin K3, 50 mg per day, plus vitamin C at 5,000 mg per day. This prostate cancer treatment significantly decreased the speed of rise of PSA, the serum marker of prostate cancer, increasing the time it took for PSA levels to double. Only one patient in this group of advanced cancer patients died in the 14 months of treatment.
Read the details of the study: A 12 Week...Study Using Apatone® for the Treatment of Prostate Cancer Patients Who Have Failed Standard Therapy
It was also published in Int J Med Sci. 2008;5(2):62-7.
This subject was also covered in Life Extension magazine, November 2010.
Vitamin D is a surprising prostate cancer treatment for those with low grade prostate cancer. A 2012 study followed patients who took vitamin D supplements for a year. Over half the men had a decrease in their Gleason scores. The Gleason grading system evaluates the prognosis for patients with prostate cancer. Some in the study even had their tumors completely disappear when compared to their biopsy a year earlier. Read the whole article online: "Vitamin D3 Supplementation at 4000 International Units Per Day for One Year Results in a Decrease of Positive Cores at Repeat Biopsy in Subjects with Low-Risk Prostate Cancer under Active Surveillance." It was also published in J. Clin. Endocrinol. Metab., 2012, DOI: 10.1210/jc.2012-1451.
Vitamin D researcher Dr. Bruce Hollis, from the Medical University of South Carolina, did a a different study, a 60-day study on 37 men scheduled for prostate surgery. Before having the surgery, the men were given either 4000 IU of vitamin D daily or a placebo for 60 days.
After surgery, the removed prostate glands showed that the tumors in those receiving the vitamin D had improved, while the tumors from those in the placebo group had stayed the same or worsened.
In addition, several markers of cell inflammation were reduced, and there was an increase in an inflammation-reducing protein called "growth differentiation factor 15" or GDF-15. Read the whole article on how "Vitamin D may keep low grade prostate cancer from becoming aggressive."
Better results with higher dose?
As impressive as these results were, says Mark Stengler ND, in his June 2015 newsletter, Health Revelations, researchers might have seen even better results with higher doses of vitamin D.
Vitamin D, says Dr. Stengler, helps to regulate cell division, reduce the inflammation that fuels abnormal cell growth and enhances the activity of cancer-fighting immune cells. Current dosage recommendations are too low, he says, and he recommends a minimum of 5000 IU to his patients, or enough to get blood levels to 50 nmol/L, for most people.
Quercetin, a promising prostate cancer treatment, helps stop cancer cells from spreading and, according to the Mayo Clinic and PubMed, blocks androgen activity that leads to growth and spread of cancer cells. See this very technical article on quercetin for alternative prostate cancer treatment.
That's not all quercetin does, according to Glenn S. Rothfeld, M.D., in the July 2015 issue of his newsletter, Nutrition and Healing. It "causes cancer cells to commit suicide," he says, by blocking a pathway that encourages tumors to grow. In fact, they can't grow, and instead they pretty much commit suicide in a process called apoptosis.
Quercetin also blocks another, different inflammatory messenger, NF kappaB, that helps stimulate prostate cancer growth. A 2011 study used quercetin extracted from bee propolis to show that this, the blocking of NF kappaB and apoptosis, actually happens.
In a 2014 study of rats with prostate cancer, quercetin slowed or stopped the growth of cancer cells by five different mechanisms. Other studies have shown that quercetin in combination with other supplements, green tea extract or the soy isoflavone genistein, is even more effective against prostate cancer than it is by itself.
DIM, found in cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and cabbage, fights cancer by converting the strongest estrogen in your body, estradiol, into the weakest form, estriol, preventing cancer cells from growing. If you don't like these vegetables, you can take DIM in a supplement.
An article on DIM for alternative prostate cancer treatment from the U.S. National Institutes of Health says that DIM has "shown promise in inhibiting prostate cancer in experimental models."
Studies show saw palmetto can reduce high PSA scores by up to 75%. It also curbs the estrogens that cause the spread and growth of prostate cancer calls.
This article on saw palmetto for alternative prostate cancer treatment, from the University of Maryland Medical Center, U.S., says that: "Animal studies show that saw palmetto inhibits the growth of tumor cells, indicating that it may be helpful in the treatment of prostate cancer."
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