Saturday, May 19, 2012

Eight Recommendations Relating to Prostate Cancer


Besides a C11 Acetate or Choline PET/CT scan for advanced prostate cancer, I have seven other recommendations relating to prostate cancer to give you:

    1. Book: The Complete Book of Bone Health by Diane Schneider, MD, 2011
    2. Book: Stress Free for Good: 10 Scientifically Proven Life Skills for Health and Happiness
    3. Try Evernote for managing your research and case notes.  It's a popular free software application and service for most computing platforms, including tablets and smart phones.  Go to Evernote.com.
    4. If you are considering surgery for any cancer treatment, I suggest you read the Life Extension articles about ways to reduce metastasis risk when having cancer surgery - things you can do before, during, and after surgery.  Some of them are very easy to do, such as raising your vitamin D level. Go to LEF.org -- search for cancer surgery.   For prostate surgery, you may even want to consider some anti-hormonal therapy for a while, such as Casodex, before and after the surgery to try to lower the risk of metastasis.  Some doctors are suggesting this even for biopsies.
    5. Create a personal support group of family, friends, neighbors, associates, and professionals – even acquaintances.  Be open and honest about what you're going through. I was amazed by the beneficial connections and resources that came my way by being open with people.  There are also multiple prostate cancer support groups here in San Diego that are worth knowing about, each providing its distinctive value: IPCSG.ORG, PCREF.ORG, Kaiser Permanente has one which is open to the public, and there are others in the county.
    6. Explore clinical trials.  And, explore the services of the major national cancer centers and research institutions.
    7. Learn about the value of ultra-sensitive PSA testing from my 2009 blog post.

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