In the fight against Cancer, there are more questions than answers. That doesn’t mean we should stop trying to find those answers.
The diagnosis of early prostate cancer leaves most men in a horrible dilemma. Subject themselves to treatments that could affect their sexual function, their urinary control, and their overall sense of well-being, or face the prospect of the cancer progressing. To make matters more vexing, most men feel just fine at the time the diagnosis is rendered and elevated PSA may be the only early hint. Prostate biopsies are needed to confirm the presence of disease in the prostate gland.
For an active, healthy man, is it possible that the treatment is worse than the disease? It is known that there are many forms of prostate cancer that are indolent. Simply put, they are resting quietly in the prostate gland never to cause problems if they’re left alone. Yet it is psychologically unsettling for patients, and medical-legally uncomfortable for doctors, to be passive, even if there is a good probability the cancer will never cause a problem in the span of the patient’s lifetime. The medical establishment is highly incentivized to perform surgery removing prostate glands and subjecting patients to radiation therapy. Such activities are highly reimbursed to both doctors and hospitals and guard them against a potential lawsuit should cancer every manifest itself later in the person’s life. As long as the patient dies from a cause other than prostate cancer, such aggressive interventions are considered a success, even if they leave in their wake a weakened, impotent man leaking urine. Such consequences are considered a fair price to pay to prevent the cancer from spreading.
But what if the cancer was never destined to spread it all? What if there are other ways to get the patient’s immune system and self-defense to be stregnthened and keep the cancer sleeping?
The Role of Intravenous Vitamin C
In a study published in the journal “anticancer drugs” in 2012, results of high-dose vitamin C “induced cytotoxicity in five of the six tested prostate cancer lines.” The mechanism of action seems to be through the production of hydrogen peroxide that causes cancer cell death.
This opens up a possible pathway of care for patients facing the diagnosis of early prostate cancer, especially if they have other medical conditions that would make surgery, radiation or chemo therapy more risky.
A functional approach including high-dose intravenous vitamin C, nutritional and supplement therapy, has the potential to blunt cancer progression while delivering enhanced quality of life.
This approach certainly is not for everybody. Careful consultation should be undertaken with a Doctor specialized in intravenous cancer therapy, as well as with your conventional physicians. Ultimately, some patients just are psychologically incapable of living with the knowledge that there are a few cancer cells in their body. For others, who are enlightened to the fact cancer cells are generated on a regular basis, only to be defeated by our bodies immune system, a progressive nonsurgical approach may be worth considering.
Fortunately, prostate cancer is typically a slow moving affair. This gives you time to think, reflect and consider all options before your final decision.
53 yo with Prostrate Cancer
This brings to mind a patient who consulted with me regarding his prostate cancer. He was feeling great when a routine exam revealed an elevated PSA and enlarged prostate. Biopsies demonstrated early-stage prostate cancer. His doctor recommended removal of the prostate gland. In the prime of his life, and facing the possible consequences of surgery, he chose an alternative pathway.
He recently celebrated his 60th birthday. He continues to feel great. His prostate is still
enlarged, his PSA remains elevated. However a repeat series of biopsies performed recently showed no signs of cancer. It’s true that his future holds no guarantee. For that matter, such a guarantee would be absent even should surgery or more aggressive therapy’s have been implemented.
Ultimately, the decision belongs to the patient. It is important to recognize that everybody you consult with will have a biased perspective based on the literature they read, and their personal experiences. Conventional medicine simply does not offer a clear pathway for managing prostate cancer that does not have potential severe consequence. Therefore there is value in seeking multiple opinions. Through thoughtful reflection, the decision you make will become clear and you can move forward with full confidence. Only you know what you value, only you know how you want to live. For many patients with prostate cancer, feeling great and avoiding surgery, radiation and chemo therapy it is a legitimate option.
For others, adding IV vitamin C therapy to traditional care has the possibility to enhance outcomes while enhancing quality of life.To your best health, Dr. Stephen Petteruti
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