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Prostate Cancer Treatment

Prostate cancer is a common cancer type to impact men in their 60s and 70s. For most men, it is not a life threatening illness when treated correctly. A naturopathic oncologist can play many roles in prostate cancer treatment, including:

  • Prevention
  • Active Surveillance or Watchful Waiting
  • Treatment Support
  • Survivor/Post-Treatment Care

Prevention: Risk Factors

There are several risk factors for prostate cancer that can be reduced by using naturopathic medicine. These risk factors for prostate cancer include:

  • A diet that is high in animal fat and low in dietary antioxidants
  • Physical inactivity
  • Obesity
  • Chemical exposure, such as Agent Orange

A Naturopathic Approach During “Active Surveillance” Can Include:

  • Reinforce Prostate Cancer Prevention Diet
  • Hormone regulation
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Encourage healthy cell differentiation
  • Increase cell repair and protection
  • Stimulate immune function
  • Identify and treat chemical exposures
  • Stress reduction

Diet and Prostate Cancer

Anyone that eats a diet with >30% fat (the average for American males) is at higher risk for developing prostate cancer than men whose diet contains <30%. There is a difference in the risk based on your intake of animal fats versus plant-based fats. Animal fats include butter and any fats in meat. Plant-based fats can include olive oil, coconut oil, nut butters, and avocados, amongst others.

Studies are now pointing towards Omega 3 fats protecting against prostate cancer. This is why eating a pescatarian diet is commonly recommended to our patients on a watchful waiting