Q: Are there any alternative treatments you can recommend for elevated PSA (prostate specific antigens)?
— Harry S., Henderson, Nev.
A: A number of studies have shown that radiation treatments for prostate cancer have very little effectiveness, along with a number of complications.Recent studies, including human and animal studies, indicate two important things. First, following the PSA is unreliable. Any irritation of the prostate or retained prostate tissue — even an infection — can elevate the PSA.
Interestingly, nutraceutical flavonoids have been shown to have similar cancer-inhibiting effects on prostate cancer as seen with breast cancer. Curcumin, quercetin, ellagic acid, hesperidin, resveratrol, and DHA have all been shown to suppress prostate cancer growth, invasion, and metastasis. Modified citrus pectin has been shown in a number of studies to powerfully suppress prostate cancer spread.
Q: Is there anything you can suggest to alleviate lymphedema after surgery to remove a cancerous lump in the breast?
— Wynn B., Richmond, Va.
A: Lymphedema, also called lymphatic obstruction, is a condition of localized (usually in the arms or legs) fluid retention caused by a compromised lymphatic system. This can be a significant problem with some surgeries. While massage can help, exercises that involve the muscles of the arm and chest, as well as deep breathing exercises are also necessary.
Dr. Larry Lamole, a cardiovascular surgery professor, wrote a very informative book on lymph circulation-promoting exercises. There are a few supplements that also may improve lymph flow. These include hesperidin, curcumin, resveratrol, and grape seed extract (proanthocyanadins). The two most powerful are hesperidin and proanthocyanadins.
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