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Kris L. Gast, M.D.
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Cancer Fighting Foods

The top ten recommended foods are as follows:

  1. Red wine (in moderation)
  2. Vegetables from the cabbage or mustard family
  3. Green tea
  4. Foods that contain vitamin D, such as fish, eggs, fortified cereals
  5. Foods that contain vitamin B along with folate, such as whole-grained and enriched-grain products
  6. Dark green vegetables
  7. Ginger and turmeric
  8. Beans and lentils
  9. Dark chocolate containing 70% cacao, preferably higher
  10. Berries

Benefits:

  1. Wine, particularly red wine, has a high concentration of resveratrol, which is derived from the skin of grapes. Resveratrol is a natural plant compound that contains antioxidant and inflammatory properties.  Moderate drinking of red wine has also long been known to reduce the risk of heart disease.
  2. Vegetables from the cabbage or mustard families, such as broccoli, kale, and collards are also suggested.  The recommendation is that you not overcook the vegetables and chew them well as that seems to help release the cancer-fighting properties of the food.
  3. Drinking green tea, either hot or cold, has been found to slow cancer growth.
  4. Eating dark green vegetables such as spinach, which is packed with antioxidants, is helpful.
  5. Consuming beans and lentils can slow or prevent damage to DNA.
  6. Berries contain chemicals which can inhibit tumor growth. Try adding a variety of berries to your diet.
  7. Chocolate, especially dark chocolate containing 70% cacao, has a high level of antioxidants and appears to be a protection against heart disease and cancer.
  8. Foods containing vitamin D, such as eggs, mushrooms, catfish, salmon, sardines and mackerel, seem to interfere with cancer growth.  Taking a vitamin D supplement works as well.
  9. Adding ginger or turmeric to your food is advised, as lab tests have shown that these spices can slow cancer growth.
  10.  The vitamin B family, including folate, has been found to have cancer preventing propertiesSample foods that contain vitamin B are liver, almonds, potatoes, and whole grain breads.
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September Cancer Demystified~ Prostate Cancer

The month of September is designated as prostate cancer awareness month.  Following skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men.  Each year nearly 250,000 cases will be diagnosed, while 30,000 men will die of prostate cancer.  Over a man’s lifetime, 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at an average age of 65. Diagnosis before the age of 40 is very rare.

What are the guidelines for prostate cancer screening? Screening for prostate cancer should start at the age of 50 for most men; however, for men with a family history, screening should start at age 40.  The screening includes a PSA blood test and a rectal exam.  PSA, or Prostate-specific antigen, is a protein produced by cells of the prostate gland. The PSA test measures the level of PSA in a man’s blood. The rectal exam allows the doctor actually to feel the patient’s prostate gland and check for bumps or knots within the prostate.

What are treatment options for prostate cancer? Prostate cancer is a very treatable and curable disease.  The options for treatment range from surgery, radioactive seed implantation, intensity modulated radiotherapy, androgen deprivation, and observation. Some patients require a combination of treatment options, as well.

Surgery entails a total removal of the prostate gland.  Radioactive seed implantation is the insertion of radioactive seeds into the prostate gland.  Intensity modulated radiotherapy is radiation therapy delivered to the prostate gland over a period of several weeks.  Androgen deprivation is hormone therapy which can “shut off” the prostate cancer for a time before it becomes active again. With this type of treatment, the length of time before the prostate cancer becomes active again can be considerable. Hormone therapy is typically used in older more frail men. Observation is a plan to monitor a patient and watch his PSA levels over time.

The earlier a prostate cancer is found, the more options a man has in regards to treatment. In honor of prostate cancer awareness month, my office, Fort Smith Radiation Oncology, is hosting a free prostate screening event.  Please call 479-648-1800 today to schedule your free screening to be held on Thursday, September 25, 2014.

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