My Prostate Cancer Story

by Jerry Hampton
revised Sept. 16, 2016

Reading this may save your life!

On April 30, 2013, I got a call from my urologist with the report of my recent prostate biopsy. He said there was NO CANCER found in the biopsy and I was CANCER FREE. I could hardly believe what I was hearing as I expected the biopsy to show an increase in my cancer.
Thank you God.         

UPDATE: As of Sept 17, 2016 I remain cancer free and my PSA is the lowest it has been in 15 years. I am now 82.

Read my story below and learn from it on how to live a more healthy life!

Write me your questions. I will answer. See contact below.

How I Became Cancer Free

My Case

NOTE: This page started out as a record of my progress to fight prostate cancer. It now becomes a way for others to follow and do the same thing I did. I have added additional information that I learned about prostate cancer.

I was diagnosed with prostate cancer on Aug.15th 2008 from a 12 core biopsy. I had a second 32 core biopsy that confirmed the diagnosis on Dec. 12, 2008 with 2 cores having cancer. My Gleason score is 3+3, staged at T1c. The second biopsy was done to assure that I was (or was not) a candidate for active surveillance and that no cancer had been missed in the first biopsy. I am presently 79 years old and in good health. My life expectancy is 93 years.

My doctor and I selected Active Surveillance as treatment.

Part of the surveillance is to get a PSA test every 3-6 months.
When my PSA went up to 5.23. I had my first biopsy, followed by a second biopsy 4 months later.
On Jan. 15, 2010 my doctor gave me the option of taking Avodart. Based on preliminary results of testing in 18,000 men it showed that Avodart may help reduce the number of cancer cells. I took Avodart for 1 year. I discontinued Avodart because I did not like the side-effects and I did not need to take it.
I became Cancer Free in full remission following a biopsy on April 25, 2013.

The other good part of all this is at 79, I do not take any drugs for any disease processes and my health remains very good.

You can see a graph and table of my PSA progression over the years here (Click) .

My Treatment

Five things helped me get to a NO CANCER LEVEL:

1. Daily Prayer

2. Drastic change in my diet.

3. Increased Exercise

4. Research into 1000's of articles published daily on the internet, searching for what helps with prostate cancer.

5. Perodic Conversations with 5 experts on prostate cancer.


My First Experience with a Urologist

I had an appointment and he looked at my PSA records and ordered a prostate biopsy, 12 cores. I had the biopsy and returned to his office for a report. He immediately said he had “bad news” that I did have cancer and would need treatment. I had done my homework and knew some questions I needed to ask. The conversation went something like this:

ME: How many cores had cancer?

HIM: 2

ME: What was the percent of cancer in each core?

HIM: Why do you want to know that, don’t you just want to get it out of you?

ME: No. What was the percentage?

HIM: While, …. if you must know, it was 23%, you know that is a lot and 15%.

ME: What was the Gleason score?

HIM: Ugh, it was about 6.

ME: That does not sound so bad to me.

HIM: If it were me, I would not want any cancer in me. I would want it out of there as quickly as I could get it out. Let’s talk about treatment.

ME: Ok, what do you recommend to remove it?

HIM: There is this new procedure where we freeze the prostate and kill off all the cancer. It is about the simplest procedure there is and you hardly know it has been done. It is quick and almost bloodless. What do you think?

ME: I never heard of it before. Where do you do this procedure?

HIM: We have a room down the hall, not like a gloomy hospital at all, very comfortable.

ME: How soon could I travel after having it?

HIM: We can do the procedue on Monday and you can dance in Paris Friday night.

ME: Really?

HIM: Yes, Really? Why don’t you let me set it up with the nurse right now?

ME: NO. I’m going home and read about it on the internet.

HIM: It’s very new and there probably will not be much on the internet about it, what do you want to know?

ME: If it’s that new, I doubt if I want it done to me. No, I will wait.

HIM: You mean you want to run around with that cancer in you. That is dangerous for your health. What would your wife say?

ME: I think she would tell me to get a second opinion first.

HIM: You don’t want to waste time, you need to get that out of you.

ME: Just how much do you think I know about prostate cancer?

HIM: Well, uh, hum, ...... it seems you know about 90% more than most men. Do you want the treatment or not?

ME: No. I do not want the treatment. I want a second opinion.

HIM: Ok, you can leave now.

ME: Bye.

I looked up the procedure on a cancer forum and found information that he had lied to me about this procedure. I found men that had been damaged for life and none recovered in less than 3 weeks, many went 6 weeks. I never went back to this urologist again. I started asking men at my church who they went to and selected one that a friend was using at Southwest Medical in Dallas. That urologist was as different as day and night.


BACKGROUND ABOUT ME

My career for 38 years was as a technical writer or managing technical writers. Another name for a technical writer might be “a researcher” because he spends about 75 percent of his time researching his subject. I learned how to research over 38 years and used that experience to learn about prostate cancer.

I saw 3 medical doctors about my cancer and asked them, "Do you know what causes prostate cancer?" All three gave me almost the same answer: "Eating beef or other red meat and too much fat and probably not enough exercise." A number of extensive studies support this with "proof" in the statistics. You can’t say this causes prostate cancer but can say it reduces your immune system effectiveness to allow cancer to grow.

I learned two key things I had to do:

1. Always get a second opinion.

2. Learn all you can about prostate cancer and become your own advocate or face possible inappropriate treatment.


DAILY PRAYER

I first learned the power of prayer when I was about 9 years old and my belief in it has only grown since then. I'm asked, "What did you pray about prostate cancer?" I prayed to be led in wisdom of what I should and should not do that was part of God's plan for me. Simple as that !


MY NEW DIET:

A recent book on anti-cancer, Anti-Cancer -- A New Way of Life by Dr. David Servan-Schreiber, says we have cancer because of what we eat. It says you MUST refrain from ever eating food known to advance cancer. If you "cheat" now and then, it puts you right back to where you started. I eat primarily a Mediterranean diet of fruit, vegetables, wild caught fish, and nuts.

One analogy about your immune system and diet:
If you bend a wire back and forth a number of times, it finally breaks. This is what happens to your immune system to let prostate cancer grow when you eat red meat and other fat over time. It attacks the immune system over and over and the cumulative results is the immune system breaks down and cancer grows. Most beef produced in the U.S. has growth hormones added and this stays in the beef and dairy products. Prostate cancer and some other cancers are known to be hormone related. In other words, these hormones act like a progressive poison on the body.

I was raised in Kansas and spent most of my adult life in Texas. In both places, the center of my diet was beef and dairy products. At times I ate a 16 oz, fat rib eye steak, barbecued, at least once a week and 70 % of other meals were with some kind of beef. I used to drink 1-2 gallons of milk a week.

You can restore your immune system through healthy eating. Do not expect to restore it over night when you have taken a lifetime to break it down. In my case, I ate some of the wrong food for 70+ years and you might conclude it took around 4-5 years to rebuild my immune system.

"Your body becomes what you eat !"

1. I have reduced my intake of sugar foods. Sugar feeds cancer! (This was the hardest part for me!)

2. I eat fresh caught fish 2-3 times a week. (No farm raised, none that has color added and none from China!)

3. I eat more vegetables, whole grains, brown rice, salads and fruit. Fruit and carrots and blueberries have become my between meal snacks. I now love to make and eat salads.

4. For breakfast, I have a bowl of steel cut oats with lots of fruit added, 5 days a week. 2 days a week, one egg with toast. I use a no-fat milk sold by Barums that comes from cows that have never had growth hormones or been artificially fattened. I do not eat other dairy products.

5. I am eating more fruit. I have eliminated drinking fruit juice, because most of it is very high in unwanted sugar. ( -a 12 oz glass of pure grape juice has more sugar than a coke!)

6. I use olive oil or coconut oil in and on my foods. No other fats of any kind. I now watch the fat content of anything I buy and have eliminated a number of foods.

7. During the day, I eat a hand-full of roasted pumpkin seeds. In the evening, I eat about 20 dry roasted almonds. Studies show these add to prostate health.

8. I do not add salt or sugar to any food.

9. I eat two tablespoons of “Golden” ground flax a day, usually in my morning cereal. My cereal has flax added to it and is very low sugar and no fat.
I no longer do this because taking fish oil supplement has Omega 3 and does not have the problems of flax products. This decision came from Dr. Snuffy Myres opinion on flax.

10 . I drink more water, about double what I use to drink.

11. I drink 1-3 large cups of Japanese Green tea each day. (You can buy the real Japanese tea at Costco)

12. I drink 2 oz, twice a day of Essiac tea that I make for myself. I no longer do this.

13. I have a garden in the summer and often eat veges right out of the garden. In the winter, I buy them.

14. I eat almost no beef or beef products or beef dairy, fixed any way. This includes hamburger, steak, roast, milk or cream, etc. This was hard at first but I’m used to it.

15. I do not eat fast food because most of it is fried and full of fat.

16. I do not eat BBQ that is charred because it has been proven to cause cancers.

My grandfather died of prostate cancer in 1951 a year after it was removed. So I had 15% more probability of getting cancer that some other men. Genetics can play a small part in getting prostate cancer. This is thought to be less than 15%. I recently heard a prostate doctor (Snuffy Myres) say: "The main genetic affects are the bad eating habits we learned in our family."

My supplements consists of:

5000 4,000 - 6000 iu of D3 taken at bed time, I also now take a 50,000 D3 prescription because my doctor things this is a safer way to go. I take 1 each week.

600 mg calcium,
  (My doctor told me to quit this because of a kidney stone. My calcium levels has remained the normal.)

1000 mcg of B-12 every other day,

500 mg of Flush-free Niacin at bed time, 500 at noon meal (this taken for low HDL)

Super Omega-3 with EPA 700 mg/DHA 500 mg supplement, taken day.

250 mg Optimized Reseratrol with 85 mg of red grape extract

(changed) Prescription of Celebrex, 200 mg every other day.
      My neurologist told me to stop taking this or have a stroke!!

Super Bio-curcumin, 400 mg daily

Super Selenium complex 200 mcg daily ( I no longer this Selenium because a recent study proved that if you get too much selenium, it can enhance prostate cancer. The study pointed out that most men do not have a shortage of selenium and it is very easy to get too much.)

Vitamin B complex daily

Vitamin C buffered, sustained release, 500 mg daily.(I now take a multi-vitamin in place of B and C because it gives me enough of each along with others I need.)

CoQ10, 100 mg daily

Selenium Complex with Vitamin E, 200 mcg, 30 mg( see reason I quit taking this above under Super Selenium)

Basch & Lomb PreserVision eye Vitamin with Lutein. (This is for my dry eyes condition)

   NOTE: In 2012, I started using the Life Extension brands because it was recommended to me by 3 different doctors. I still use their brand.


EXERCISE

Before my diagnosis, I did not do much exercise. From research, I learned that exercise was vital to good health. So I joined the YMCA with my wife and we began to get ourselves in shape. I also started walking much more.


RESEARCH

Since my diagnosis, I’ve been getting “Google and Yahoo Alerts” every day. I get every new article put on the internet that has the words “prostate and cancer” and “prostate and diet”. I have read thousands of articles in the past 5 years. I also read about 10 books on the subject.
I learned that Asian and Mediterranean men have much less prostate cancer probably because they do not eat red meat or a fatty "western" diet. If they move to America and eat our diet, they get prostate cancer.

I also became aware that many articles about prostate cancer on the internet contain "old" information that is no longer accurate. Also, some websites are written to "sell" a certain procuct or even certain doctors or prostate facilities and may have misleading information. Be sure to check anything you read from several sources to validate it. The same is true for books. I must have read at least 15 books on prostate cancer. I learned how to weed out the ones that were not accurate and I had two that were totally not scientific at all. See list of books below.

Lots of sorting had to be done to make decisions about what might help and what was unproven. Sometimes I would pick a supplement because it was recommended by a study, only to find out a year later that it was not recommended. An example of this was drinking different kinds of fruit juice. Most are full of sugar that feeds cancer, so I quit doing this.


MY EXPERT TEAM

Over time, I realized I would find certain things that I needed opinions on from experts before I tried it or to know more about my psa results. I gradually corresponded by email and phone with 5 men that helped me with their wisdom. All had been at this far longer than I and knew better than I did how to proceed. These men were:

  • A medical doctor, Snuffy Myres, known for his research/treatment of prostate cancer and his weekly video program on prostate issues.

  • A man with 11 years of prostate cancer experience, that has one of the best websites on prostate cancer there is, Chuck Maack.

  • A second man with 19 years of prostate cancer experience, that has an equally good website, Terry Herbert. (Terry is now dead but not from prostate cancer.)

  • A doctor that was the head chemist and nutritonist for Campbell's Soup company for 35 years and did research on cancer caused by fats. Dr. Glen Jacobson.

  • A medical doctor that has prostate cancer, name withheld.

All of these have helped me make good decisions and I will be forever grateful to them.


SIX THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW IN MAKING A DECISION ON PROSTATE CANCER TREATMENT

This is the minimum information needed to start making a treatment decision with a diagnosis of prostate cancer. Usually, all of this information will be on the biopsy report except for the psa. There is no good reason to not disclose all this information. Once you have this information, you need to research to understand what each means.

1. PSA number progression from one test to another. In one year, the psa is considered "normal" if it does NOT go up more than 0.75. For example, it might be 3.1 on Jan. 1 of 2012 and on Jan. 1 of 2013 it is 3.6, and increase of 0.50. This is in the safe range. But if it increased to 4.2, that would be an increase of 1.1 and outside the safe range, and some further testing is required, often a biopsy. Depending on symptoms a doctor may treat for infection before doing a biopsy.

2. Gleason score. This is two numbers like mine is 3+3=6. Mine is considered low grade cancer. If it were 7 then some additional testing might be in needed. In recent years, the Gleason scoring system has been changed and the numbers between 1-5 have been eliminated. So a Gleason score of 6 is now the lowest there is.

3. Staging of cancer found. Mine is T1c. This is categorizing the risk of cancer having spread beyond the prostate. Mine means: a tumor was found in a needle biopsy performed due to an elevated serum PSA. For more in depth explanation of this, see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prostate_cancer_staging

4. Number of biopsy cores that had cancer with the percent of cancer found in each core and any irregularity between findings.

5. Where were the tumors located in the prostate. The prostate has two lobes and sometimes the tumors are limited to one lobe. Some treatments may be better than others if cancer is close to the urethra.

6. Size of the prostate. Was it enlarged or normal size?

These six items are just a start in learning what you need to know for a good decision on treatment. You can ask doctors what these all mean, but consider doing your own research too, then ask more questions of your doctor.


MORE ON FINDING TREATMENT FOR PROSTATE CANCER

         6 hints on how to proceed . . . . . .

1. The number one thing you MUST do for yourself is ALWAYS get a second opinion and get it from a doctor that is far removed from the first doctor. [from one not in the same medical group] This will usually be a urologist.

2. Before you agree on any treatment, strongly consider consulting with a medical oncologist. A medical oncologist treats the whole body. If your prostate cancer is believed to have gotten beyond the prostate, then seeing a medical oncologist is a must. Here is why: If you see a urologist and he surgically removes your prostate, he is usually through treating you. You must then seek another doctor for ongoing treatment. You no longer need a urologist. If you see a medical oncologist before surgery, he may recommend against surgery. Be sure to consider total quality of life in any treatment you select.Try to get as many good days as you can, doing what you want to do.

3. You must learn to be your own advocate or face possible inappropriate treatment.

4. Encourage others to get a psa blood test beginning at age 40. The initial test forms a base line number for you and this is important for your future protection. If you wait until you are 60 or 70 to get the first test, then it may not be accurate until several are taken. The standard for this testing is 50, but I know several doctors say men in their 40's are getting prostate cancer. This is due to the very fat diet people eat in the US. Also have them get a DRE. There are no risks in having these test. The risks you may experience is not understanding what the test mean. You need to ask questions until you understand the meaning.

5. What Treatment for me? Within the prostate “world” there is what is talked about as the “old standard” treatment as a must to get all the cancer they can out of your body. Recently, a new “gold standard” study came out that says precision radiation with hormone therapy is just as successful as surgery, and maybe more so. Surgery alone has many problems and can cause many problems that you will live with the rest of your life and impacts quality of life for the rest of your life. Most men with a Gleason score below 7, should consider active surveillance with your doctor. Doctors that make their living doing surgery do not readily accept the new “gold standard”. In some cases surgery is the best treatment.

Trying to sort through all the treatments available and picking the right one for you is about like trying to nail Jello to a tree!! If I had taken my first opinion beyond a doubt, I would have had the wrong treatment.
The way it seems to work is that each urologist has a main treatment method. He will usually say that you are an ideal candidate for his treatment even if there are others that may be better for you. I read an article some months ago written by a medical doctor that was seeking treatment for his prostate cancer. He went to a large number of urologists for opinions before selecting his treatment because he found it confusing to find the best for himself.

A good place to find a second opinion is from a doctor in a teaching hospital. Most of them are paid a good salary and their income is not dependent on how many they treat or the treatment selected. I went to Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas and was very pleased with the results. My doctor does three different treatments and if I had wanted treatment other than active surveillance, he would have suggested one he did not do. (radiation)

6. The psychological aspects of prostate cancer too often cause men to make a decision for treatment that may not be the best for their total quality of life. Very little is written about this, but in reading case histories, I find it in almost every one. Most men are not aware of how this is affecting their decision making abilities. Some feel it is taking away their manhood or that they must make a quick decision for treatment rather than an informed decision The opposite is also true, that some men will do about anything to keep from having treatment, including lying to themselves or going on some kind of unproven treatment. I know one man that thought eating lots of carrots would rid him of his cancer. It did not work. I hope to write more about this in the future after doing more research.


Short STORIES ABOUT MEN
AND
HOW PSA /DRE TESTING
AND
GETTING A SECOND OPINION

ARE VERY IMPORTANT

I have about 20 friends that have prostate cancer and know their stories and have read the case histories of over 100 other men. Below are some short stories of these men.

PERSON 1. Diagnosed with prostate cancer at age 52. PSA was 4.2 ng/ml, Gleason was 3+3=6. The first urologist recommended radical prostatectomy. The second opinion urologist recommended Active Surveillance. He is still on active surveillance in 2013 and doing well.
This second urologist said the following: "A Gleason 6 prostate cancer is unlikely to kill you no matter what treatment option you select. A Gleason 6 cancer is in 30-50% of men your age group. There is now a consensus that men like you could do active surveillance. A study of outcomes for 12,000 patients with low risk disease after surgery and the 20 year cancer mortality was 0.2%. Why not go directly to surgery? Because you will never be the same. Your sexual function will be altered even if you are lucky enough to be potent. Your urinary function will be compromised. Surgical mortality is close to 0.5%".

PERSON 2. Age 54. PSA less than 1 for years, suddenly jumps to 2.2 and DRE finds a very hard prostate. He has a biopsy that shows 12 cores with aggressive prostate cancer, Gleason 9. He gets proper treatment with removal of prostate and follow up of ADT. He lived 6 years.

PERSON 2A. Age 69. PSA less than 1 for years and jumps to 2.5. His doctor suspects and infection. He undergoes antibiotic treatment then a follow up PSA. PSA returned to less than 1. No treatment needed.

PERSON 3. PSA jumps 1.2 points to 5.13 after having 20 years with no cancer indications. Biopsy shows non-agressive cancer in 2 out of 12 cores and with a Gleason is 6. After being on active surveillance for 5 years he has another biopsy that is clear of cancer. He is if full remission. He is 79. (Me)

PERSON 4. Age 71 at diagnosis. His doctor did not believe in doing PSA or DRE and he did not have one for about 10 years. He eventually had one because he had symptoms of prostate cancer. The DRE indicated aggressive cancer because of a hard protrusion from his prostate. PSA was 13, Gleason was 8. If he had these tests many years before, the cancer may have been stopped. Prostate was remove and there were indications the cancer got out of the prostate. He went on ADT treatment for 3 years, then it was stopped. He is doing well at age 74 in 2013.UPDATE AS OF 9-16-2016: He was originally given 5 years to live because they found cancer in his node. He is now in his 8th year since then and no sign of the cancer coming back.

PERSON 5 and 6 (2 cases almost identical). Both had PSA/DRE for several years. At age 48 his PSA takes a jump to more than double. He has a biopsy and it shows non-agressive cancer with a Gleason score of 6. He had radiation treatment and is doing fine. Other person was age 55. He decided to have his prostate removed. Recovered OK, but is incontinent, wearing 5 diapers a day.

PERSON 7. Age 63. Recently had symptoms of prostate cancer. His doctor stopped doing a PSA on him 3 years ago because "doing PSAs were perhaps dangerous". He has a biopsy. Finding is 12 of 12 cores have cancer.  His Gleason is 6. He is trying to decide what to do, but considering surgery right now. His father died of prostate cancer. He just wants to turn it over to his doctor and do whatever he says. He is very scared now. (May 2013).

Statistics clearly show that prostate cancer is being found in younger men, even in the 30's and it seem more screening should be done rather than less.

There are only 2 "risk" related to PSA and DRE testing:

  1. If you do not get the test, you may have cancer and never know it like PERSON 4. If he had the test much earlier in his life, he probably would not have aggressive cancer.

  2. What your doctor tells you about your test. Doctors feel forced to be very conservative to protect themselves from legal action and may tell you need the cancer removed, when maybe it does not need removal. This is where a 2nd opinion is a must.

16 factors that can increase your PSA level before testing:

Many doctors, including urologist will not tell you that these may make your PSA go higher than normal and give you a false test score.

1. Recent ejaculation within 3 days of test or having too much sex

2. Riding a bicycle

3. Doing lots more physical work than usual within 3 days of test.

4. Having a digital rectal exam of the prostate before giving blood.

5. Advancing age.

6. Prostate biopsy or surgery.

7. Catheterization (have been recently catherized)

8. Urinary tract infection

9. Urinary tract surgery

10. Use of certain chemotherapy drugs

11. Sports injuries

12. Use of sports supplements taken by athletes (body builders) that can cause a rise in testosterone level

13. Pelvic injury or trauma to the prostate

14. Prostatitis (and the symptoms associated with it)

15. An enlarged, noncancerous prostate gland (BPH) (and the symptoms associated with it)

16. Taking testosterone supplements.


RECOMMENDED BOOKS

NOTE: There are many books on prostate cancer, but many of them are out of date. Check the publication date before you buy. Be aware that many websites do not keep their information up-to-date, but some are better than most books about keeping up-to-date. Some books are not any good.All of the books listed below were on Amazon at the time this was written.

1. You Can Beat Prostate Cancer by Robert J. Marckini. The important part of this book is the first several chapters that tell that you must become your own advocate and learn about prostate cancer and its treatment. Parts of this book are no longer up to date, like the Gleason scores because it was written in 2006. The proton treatment in the book may not be the best for you and I do not advocate it, but believe it is right for some people.

2. Anti-Cancer -- A New Way of Life by Dr. David Servan-Schreiber, MD. This is the exciting account of a young doctor that had brain cancer and how he changed his life because of it. Eventually he disregarded his own advice given in this book and died of cancer. He wrote about this in his book: Not The Last Goodbye --On Life, Death, Healing, & Cancer. I regard this an exceptional account of a man that knows his days are numbered. It is full of beautiful passion with compelling evidence and arguments for self supporting your own natural capacity for healing.

3. Invasion of the Prostate Snatchers by Ralph H. Blum and Mark Scholz, MD. This is unlike any other book you will read and tells the truth about prostate cancer treatment in the US.

4. Forks over Knives DVD... Gives good reasons to change your diet if you want to prevent cancer and a number of other diseases. There is also a book that has 125 recipes, but I felt the DVD was better than the book.

5. Not Recommended: Dr. Patrick Walsh's Guide to Surviving Prostate Cancer, second edition. This is often said to be the "bible" of prostate cancer books. But it is out of date with the research for it done in 2007.

6. The China Study by T. Colin Campbell and Thomas M. Campbell II. This is the most complete study of nutrition ever conducted. It is a study and not and easy read, but full of important information about how to feed your body.


RECOMMENDED WEBSITES FOR PROSTATE CANCER

NOTE: These websites are better than most book. All have links to other good sites,I would so use their links too.

* US TOO Prostate Cancer Support and Education

This site provides a large variety of information about prostate cancer and it sponsors over 320 local support groups for people to go to for help. I considered one of the best sites that strived to keep there information up-to-date.

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* YANA - YOU ARE NOT ALONE NOW PROSTATE CANCER SUPPORT SITE

This site was created by Terry Herbert of Melbourne, Australia, a 17 year survivor of prostate cancer. The site provides over 1,000 prostate cancer stories told by the men (and sometimes their wives) about the details of their prostate cancer experience. Reading some of these before you select a treatment may be very helpful. Most give their email address and you can write others that have similar case as yours. It is organized so you can look up cases in many different ways. These are:

  • Treatment chosen
  • Age at diagnosis
  • Initial PSA
  • Gleason Score on biopsy
  • Year of diagnosis
  • Country or State of residence
  • Date of Last Update

It also has a helpful booklet on prostate cancer, done in pdf format, click here: Booklet

Click here to see the people behind this website.

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* The Prostate Advocate

by Charles (Chuck) Maack of Wichita Kansas, a prostate cancer survivor and continuing patient since 1992.

This site is very professionally done and has a wealth of information that has been gathered for many years. It also has the largest listing of other links I've ever found. Chuck is no longer answering questions because of ill health.


A SPECIAL NOTE:

I've become more and more aware of how many men develop considerable fear when learning they have prostate cancer. This causes them to act emotionally when seeking treatment instead of rationally. The results is often getting inappropriate treatment . If men are disturbed, they need to talk it and take their time to learn about prostate cancer and its treatment. There is very little written about these fears that too many men find difficult to talk about with anyone. One man recently told me his doctor told him he had a mild form of cancer and the chance he would die of it was about 5%. Further he could take up to a year to decide what he wanted to do about it. This man was so fearful about it, all he could think about was getting it out of his body. His family felt like he did and wanted him to get some treatment immediately. And he did. This is unfortunate because he probably could have gone many years or forever without invasive treatment by making some helthy life changes. The most important advice I can give in dealing with prostate cancer is:

You must learn to be your own advocate or face possible inappropriate treatment. And, ALWAYS get a second opinion!!!!


Essiac Tea

I do not know if this tea works or not. It has few side-effects and does not cost much.

I learned about Essiac from a medical doctor in Arlington Texas where I live. He is taking it for his prostate cancer. He learned of it from a minister. I have talked to the minister and heard his story: In 1996, he was diagnosed with advanced stage IV prostate cancer that had metastasized in his spine. He was given about 6 weeks to live. He announced this to his friends.That same day, a church member showed up with some Essiac Tea for him to drink. He continued to drink it and within 6 months an MRI showed his cancer was gone. He is now retired at age 77 with no cancer but still drinks his Essiac tea each day.

I know a second story of a lady that claims it got rid of her breast cancer.

I have personal knowledge of a man that had very advanced bone cancer and was given just a few days to live. His wife started giving his double doses of Essiac tea each day and it seemed to make him better and he lived for about 5 more weeks instead of a few days.

Both the governments of U. S. and Canada have studied it to determine if it can harm a person. Both concluded it probably will not harm any one, with one exception. Persons that have a tendency to develop kidney stones should not drink it because one of the ingredients is know to cause kidney stones sometimes. The governments have not tested the tea against any diseases.

I took it for about 3 years and had no side effects and I think it made me feel better. I've drank about 15 gallons of it. I discontinued its use because of the mess of making it and I had not found any scientific evidence that it was helpful.

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