Prostate cancer is somewhat common as far as cancers go, however it goes largely unnoticed, particularly outside of North America. There are several symptoms associated with prostate cancer including urination difficulty, pain, and erectile dysfuntion. Many however do not experience any symptoms and often die of other unrelated causes. Those with prostate cancer may never know that they actually have it. This is because many do not have any symptoms, are never treated for prostate cancer, and die of other causes, often old age. Also, most times prostate cancer is very slow growing and often only appears in men over 50 years of age. Thus, someone who develops prostate cancer late in life may die never knowing they had prostate cancer.
Detection of prostate cancer is usually via a blood test which shows elevated levels of PSA (prostate-specific antigen). Elevated PSA has a positive predictive value of around 35% and is therefore not a definitive test for prostate cancer. It should be noted that low levels of PSA are present in the serum of men without prostate cancer. There are many reported cases of more aggressive prostate cancers. About one third of prostate cancer cases are fast spreading. Such aggressive cells can metastasize and spread to other parts of the body.
Treating Prostate Cancer
Treating prostate cancer is somewhat similar to treating other forms of cancer. The age of the patient and his over all health and wellness must be taken into consideration. Treatments include:
- Proton Therapy
- Hormonal Therapy
- Radiation Therapy
Some therapies can take a heavy toll on the patient suffering from prostate cancer. The patient trade-off between quality of life and the discomfort of the therapy must be considered. Senior patients are often advised against treatment and may even not get a biopsy to have the tissues examined.
Using DCA (Sodium Dichloroacetate) to Treat Prostate Cancer
DCA has been used for years to treat a variety of conditions, most notably lactic acidosis. In 2007 researchers at the University of Alberta treated cancer with DCA and had incredible success. Their press release videos are here. They found a 70% reduction in cancerous tumors in just 3 weeks. They did not use DCA to treat prostate cancer. Their initial trials involved brain cancer patients. However, the same underlying mechanism is believed to be responsible for all cancers so there is a very good chance that DCA will be just as effective at treating prostate cancer as it was with other forms of cancer.
Read more about prostate cancer on wikipedia.