Common prostate cancer treatment can cause something even worse
It’s supposed to be one of the best days of your life.
Instead, it’s one of the worst.
When you get the news that your prostate cancer has been “cured,” you don’t feel ready to celebrate… you’re ready to collapse!
The very treatments that are supposed to save your life can often ruin it, and the latest research shows how one common prostate cancer therapy can leave behind a terrifying and deadly souvenir that can rear its ugly head years later.
I’m talking about radiation.
And while prostate cancer is often harmless, the cancers linked to radiation therapy include some stone-cold killers.
According to the new study, men who have radiation therapy for prostate cancer face a higher risk of cancers of the colon and rectum…which kill just as many men as prostate cancer…and TWICE as many Americans overall.
That alone should make you think twice about radiation therapy for prostate cancer.
But the risks don’t end there.
The same study finds this toxic treatment can also raise your risk of bladder cancer, which kills more than 16,000 Americans every year.
And once the treatment is over, instead of getting back in business below the belt, there can be serious, lasting, and in some cases permanent problems that arise, thanks to the radiation.
Radiation can damage the nerves you need to achieve an erection, leading to impotence in up to 70 percent of the men who have this treatment.
And up to 8 percent of men who have radiotherapy for prostate cancer need surgery to fix a condition in which you can’t go to the bathroom because the radiation shrinks the tube from your bladder.
And most of these guys are getting the radiation to AVOID emasculating surgery!
I know on the surface it might still seem like a fair tradeoff. You’d rather be alive with a lower quality of life than dead, with no quality of life at all.
But often, that’s a choice you don’t have to make.
Most prostate tumors aren’t going to hurt you. They don’t need to be treated per se – they just need someone to keep an eye on them.
Work with a doc who can keep tabs on the tumor to make sure it doesn’t become more aggressive.
Certain nutrients can also help ensure that a harmless tumor stays harmless. For example, lycopene — a natural phytochemical found in tomatoes — can slow the growth of tumors, cut PSA levels, and slash PSA velocity.
And in cases when you do need treatment, there are natural therapies that can help reduce the toxic effects of drug and radiation, cut the risk of side effects and help improve your quality of life.
Work closely with a holistic medical doctor.