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PCFA Ask the experts: Diet and exercise: Tomorrow night Wednesday 27 November 2019


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Jim Marshall (not a doctor) said ...

We had some interesting discussions on diet during our Phone-in meeting last Friday.

And tomorrow night, Wednesday 27 November 2019, PCFA will have experts discussing diet and lifestyle as they affect prostate cancer.

You can't just tune in - you have to register first.

If tomorrow night doesn't suit you, register anyway, and be later able to hear a recording of the event.

The event occurs at 7pm NSW, ACT, VIC & TAS time.

Organizers did not provide the times for the other states - so figure your own time for your home state.

... end Jim




Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) invites you to attend our Ask the Experts Webcast. Join us for an engaging panel discussion with leading health professionals.

Wednesday 27th November 2019

7:00pm – 8:00pm
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About the Webcast

Our panel of leading health experts will provide an overview of the importance of exercise, diet and maintaining a healthy lifestyle in relation to prostate cancer. Key themes to be discussed include:

· What does a ‘healthy lifestyle’ mean in the context of prostate cancer?
· How can positive changes in lifestyle be made?
· How can exercise support treatment outcomes?
· How can diet help to manage the side-effects of prostate cancer treatment?


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I'm curious why the diet question is framed in this way:  How can diet help to manage the side-effects of prostate cancer treatment?

Instead of acknowledging the compelling evidence that diet can help improve your prognosis. 

IN 2007 Harvard Medical School reported on the work of Dean Ornish in examining the role diet can play in prostate cancer treatment and after noting his encouraging findings listed a range of similar studies. It is amazing to me that 12 years on we still consistently fail to recognise the very real role diet and lifestyle factors can play, not just in mitigating side-effects but suppressing the cancer itself, not as an alternative to conventional therapies but as an adjunct.:




Or if you don't want to go to the link: 

  • A four-month 2001 study of 10 men with recurrent prostate cancer reported that a low-fat, plant-based diet combined with stress reduction appeared to slow the rise in PSA levels.

  • A 2001 study of 13 overweight men reported that an 11-day regimen of a low-fat, high-fiber diet plus exercise improved the ability of blood samples to inhibit the growth of LNCaP prostate cancer cells.

  • A 2003 study of 34 healthy men reported that blood samples from men who exercised regularly and from men who followed a low-fat, high-fiber diet slowed the growth of LNCaP prostate cancer cells, but blood from sedentary men following typical American diets did not. Further experiments suggested that diet and exercise may exert their effect in a similar way, by reducing levels of insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1).

  • A 2003 study of 12 men who exercised regularly and 10 sedentary men found that blood from the exercisers had lower levels of IGF-1 and was better able to reduce the growth of LNCaP prostate cancer cells. Additional experiments suggested that exercise may act in part by increasing a protein called p53, which protects cells from the effects of damaged DNA.

  • A 2004 Harvard study of 675 men with treated prostate cancer linked a high consumption of fish with a reduced risk of recurrent or progressive cancer.

  • A 2005 study of 49 men with rising PSAs after surgery or radiation treatment suggested that soy-based dietary supplements might slow the rise in PSA levels.

  • A 2006 study of 46 men who had rising PSAs after surgery or radiation treatment for early prostate cancer reported that pomegranate juice slowed the rise in PSA levels.

  • A 2006 Harvard study of 1,202 men with localized prostate cancer suggested that the consumption of fish and tomato sauce may offer some protection against disease progression.

  • A 2006 study of 14 men with recurrent prostate cancer suggested that a plant-based diet and stress reduction might slow the rise in PSA levels.

And they ended up concluding: 


A large body of evidence suggests that lifestyle factors have a powerful influence on a man's risk of prostate cancer. The intensive lifestyle study is a provocative addition to the small body of evidence that raises hope that these changes may improve the outlook of men who already have the disease. Much more research is needed before lifestyle therapy can be recommended clinically. And even if these changes prove beneficial, they will add to but not replace conventional treatment.

Men with prostate cancer may choose not to wait until science catches up with their disease. Since regular exercise, stress reduction, and a low-fat, high-fiber, plant-based diet are good for general health, they will make a reasonable addition to any prostate cancer program. The same is true for vitamin D. Since supplements of fish oil and low-dose aspirin are proving useful for cardiovascular health, they are also reasonable — and even if soy, vitamin E, and selenium have less benefit for general health, they may still have a rational appeal for men with prostate cancer.

Lifestyle therapy or conventional treatment? For prostate cancer, as for so many areas of health, it's not a question of "either/or" but an answer of "both."

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