Prostate Cancer — Diagnosis and Treatment Options

| June 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

I was forced to become an expert at cancer in general and prostate cancer in particular. I was diagnosed by local urologist Michael Wilkerson, M.D., at age 50. The danger of prostate cancer is determined by what is called a “Gleason score”. It’s similar to scales used with earthquakes and hurricanes and goes from 1 to 10. Mine was a 7 — like Katrina.

By the time I was diagnosed, I’d gone through 6 years of treating my mother’s stage 4 colon cancer. She was given 6 months to live in 2000. That was when I started studying cancer in earnest. With diet changes and immune boosting strategies, she lived for six years.

What I discovered through treating both cancers, is that cancer is not the problem. The problem is an environment that is so toxic that it causes normal cells to change to a form that can survive a toxic environment. Cancer cells are an adaptation. The good news is that if the environment is cleaned up, cancer cells revert back to normal.

Although my plan A of changing my internal environment worked, I also had plans B and C. These were targeted radiation and robotic surgery. My father was treated for prostate cancer with traditional surgery to remove his prostate. The side effects were impotence and loss of bladder control. These side effects are reduced with robotic surgery and targeted radiation. Proton beam therapy is another option, as is HFUS (high frequency ultrasound).

Key to survival, regardless of treatment modality, is early detection and classification–similar to hurricanes. A category 1-4 is managed differently than more advanced cancers. The PSA, I think, is still a useful tool in this regard if done properly. The test must be done each year. If it rises above 2, it needs to be determined why. Often, it’s caused by inflammation from yeast overgrowth. This is easily reversed with the BALi eating plan. Reversal is speeded up by the prescription drug Diflucan. Traditionally, Diflucan is used to treat vaginal yeast infections. Works the same for what is called “non-specific prostatitis”. (The name comes from the fact that no organism is identified. Most doctors are clueless as to the ubiquity of Candida). I would actually use Diflucan diagnostically. If PSA went down after 30 days on the drug, I knew it was not cancer.

The speed at which your PSA rises, doubling time, is an indicator of your Gleason score. If your score goes from 2 to 4 in one year, you don’t want to sit on it😝. If Diflucan and diet don’t change things, a biopsy should be done. A pathological report from a biopsy will definitively classify the grade of the cancer. This, along with determining if there is cancer outside the prostate gland, will determine which treatment alternatives are best.

Photo by: Debra LaQuaglia | Inside Jersey

Click here to read more about one patient’s prostate cancer treatments in this article.

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