The Prostate gland is the size of a walnut and surrounds the neck of a man’s bladder and urethra, it is partly muscular and partly glandular. It plays an important role in both sexual and urinary function. It is common for it to become enlarged as a man ages the most common problems associated with the prostate gland are benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), prostatism, prostatitis, prostatalgia and cancer of the prostate.
The diagnosis for Cancer of the prostate has doubled between 1998 and 2008 and is expected to rise. It is estimated that 120,000 Australian men are living with prostate cancer and this number will increase to 267,000 by 2017. (6)
Signs and Symptoms of Prostate Cancer
- Difficult urination
- No symptoms especially in the early stages
- frequent urination, especially at night
- Not completely emptying your bladder
- dribbling of urine
- Decreased force of urine stream
- Blood in the urine
- Hip and back pain
When the cancer has spread to other parts of the body, symptoms can include:
- Bone pain
- Weight loss
- Kidney failure
Prostate Treatment at Acumedica
At Acumedica we have developed evidence based protocols alongside your chinese medicine diagnosis to help treat the symptoms associated with Prostate cancer as well as minimizing the side effects of your conventional prostate treatment. We go beyond the basic guidelines of healthy eating and maintaining a healthy weight as we incorporte cancer fighting foods and offer evidence based nutritional, chinese herbal medicine and acupucnture treatments to help alleviate, hot flushes, sweating, mood swings, improve your sleep, energy levels, digestive function and other symptoms.
We will ask you to bring all current pathology test as we need to know your PSA, TNM staging and Gleason score to ensure you receive the correct integrated treatment protocol.
Our treatment protocols are evidence based and designed around various in vitro, in vivo and Randomized Control Trials that support the use of dietary modifications, herbal medicine, nutritional supplements and acupuncture. We also apply this alongside conventional western medicine to help with the following side effects from your treatment:
- relieving pain
- cyto- and hepatotoxicity
- inhibiting gastrointestinal toxicity
- postoperative pain
- hot flashes in men
- chemotherapy related nausea and vomiting
- reduce tumor size by 41%
- reduce myelosuppression
How many treatments will I need?
We advise all our potential patients to consider the Integrative Cancer care and support Programme. The advantage of commencing with this is that we are able to obtain as much information as possible to enhance your journey and develop an individualized treatment plan. Once this has been achieved we will discuss with you your best treatment options moving forward with a combination of nutritional, chinese medicine, acupuncture and mind body interventions.
Our aim is to educate and support you on all aspects of your cancer journey combining the best of our integrative therapies.
Prior to Cancer Treatment:
Acupuncture and specific nutritional/dietary advice prior to starting treatment will assist your immune system, reduce side effects of chemotherapy and promote greater effectiveness of cancer treatment. It is advised to have 5-6 treatments prior to cancer treatment.
During your Cancer Treatment:
During your cancer treatment acupuncture can be given daily as happens in China however 1-2 times per week is often enough during you cancer treatment. During cancer treatment it is often the symptoms associated with cancer therapy that is treated and takes priority at this time.
Post Chemotherapy/Radiotherapy and Remission:
Post chemotherapy and whilst in remission your treatment protocol will be constantly re-evaluated and changed according to your symptoms, underlying condition and laboratory results. It is advised to continue treatment weekly or fortnightly depending on how you respond.
Regarding all nutritional and herbal therapy this is to be discussed and approved with you oncologist. At Acumedica we provide our recommendations with rationale and the research (if requested) to your oncologist and ensure that the supplements you are prescribed are safe to take with your conventional medical treatment.
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Disclaimer regarding cancer
This website does not suggest individualized cancer treatments nor does it suggest a cure for cancer but offers information and research, which may aid cancer suffers find adjunct approaches to conventional cancer therapies. In China and in the US, many hospitals offer both conventional and caM therapies. All patients are strongly recommended to discuss TM-CAM use with their Medical Doctor, Oncologist and/or Surgeon as well as their qualified TM-CAM practitioner. It is my hope this site brings about a better communication between conventional and TM-CAM practitioners and an increased use of non-standard compounds.