The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    A ten-year perspective: The influence of nutrition on prostate cancer

    Ten years ago, the late Dr. William Fair, a surgeon at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and CAM advocate wrote, “epidemiologic and laboratory evidence increasingly demonstrate that nutritional factors, especially reduced fat intake, soy proteins, vitamin E derivatives, and selenium, may have a protective effect against prostate cancer.”

    Now, Steffen Theobald, a nutritional consultant and manager at the Scientific Association for the Improvement of Patient Competence in Germany updates the role of nutrition in the development, prevention, and treatment of prostate cancer.

    • Obesity may increase both primary risk and biochemical (increase in prostate specific antigen [PSA]) or clinical recurrence of prostate cancer
    • High intake of total fat, saturated fats, meat, dairy, and calcium are related to increased risk
    • Higher intake of tomato products, soy, lycopene, selenium, omega-3-fatty acids from fatty fish, and vitamin E in smokers may lower the risk of prostate cancer
    • Tomato products and selenium in the diet delay progression of prostate cancer
    • Taking selenium during chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy may decrease treatment-related toxicities and increase the effect of therapy on cancer cells

    Overall, the concepts about nutrition and prostate cancer have held true and expanded over the past decade.

    Illustration: Isreal21c

    10/26/06 09:24 JR

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