By Raphael NyarkoteyObu
Watchful Waiting and Men’s Formula
Statistics show that a high percentage of men diagnosed with prostate cancer ultimately die with it and not from it and as such aggressive treatment is unnecessary.Studies that have been conducted on patients with prostate cancer have found no evidence that undergoing surgery or chemotherapy is in any way better than an overhaul in lifestyle and diet.
One such study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2012, observed men across the US who were diagnosed with localized prostate cancer. The study had enrolled 731 men with localized prostate cancer and randomly assigned them to either undergo radical prostatectomy or maintain observation.
The study followed the progress of these men over a period of ten years and came to the conclusion that observation is a better option than undergoing any radical treatment, especially for men with low risk cancer.
Following the study, a statement from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) suggested that the risks of harms caused by PSA tests and other unnecessary treatments like biopsies outweigh the benefits. They also suggest appropriate management options should be considered in the event of prostate cancer.
This study and statement make it clear that undergoing radical procedures and treatments will not increase your life expectancy but instead lead to uncomfortable side effects and lessen your quality of life.
Statistics about prostate cancer life expectancy revealed that :
- 99% of men diagnosed with the most common types of prostate cancer will survive for more than 5 years
- 95% of men diagnosed with prostate cancer will survive for more than 10 years
- 76% of men diagnosed with prostate cancer will survive for more than 15 years
Based on this statistics, considering most men are around 70 years old when diagnosed with prostate cancer, the above statistics illustrate the benefits of changing their lifestyles and diet rather than rushing to receive unstable medical treatments. In fact, by changing their diet and lifestyle a diagnosis of prostate cancer could have little or no impact on their life expectancy.
According to Ross and colleague (1994) Epidemiological studies in the USA have suggested a strong dietary factor in the development of prostate cancer. Studies such as these points to the fact that dietary agents may help in preventing the occurrence or progression of this disease.
So for Men on watchful waiting or Active Surveillance for low-risk prostate cancer; you could use Men’s Formula as you keep monitoring your PSA as well to help you make an informed decision on your pathway.
Dealing with Hormone Therapies Side Effect with Men’s Formula:
Hormone therapy can be an effective way to treat advanced prostate cancer, but men need to be aware of the side effects. Fortunately there are many natural ways to reduce hormone therapy side effects that involve attention to exercise, diet, sleep, and herbal and nutritional remedies.One of the common ways to treat advanced prostate cancer is by significantly reducing the levels of sex hormones, especially testosterone, using hormone therapy.
The side effects of hormone therapy are associated with low testosterone levels and include:
Erectile dysfunction (ED)
Sweating and hot flashes
Loss of libido
Men who choose long-term hormone treatment may experience:
Depression and mood swings
Risk of heart failure
Men’s Formula is formulated to reduce hormone therapy side effects and approaches that help boost energy levels. The formula may also complement both conventional and alternative methods. A 2011 study confirmed that low concentrations of testosterone are associated with sleep deprivation and sexual dysfunction. Establishing a set sleep schedule and getting 7 to 8 hours nightly can support healthy erectile function as well as manage fatigue, maintain strength, and avoid depression. The formula enables you to rest enough as well. Men’s Formula with adaptogen plant remedies helps fight fatigue, depression, and mood swings, which are known for their ability to moderate normal system functioning and assist the body in adapting to stress. Also fight sweating and hot flashes, improve blood circulation. Fatigue, depression, and loss of libido as well as heart health and also for bone strength, ultimately balance testosterone level as a result of the Androgen Deprivation Therapy (ADT). The goal here is to create a hostile biological environment for cancer in the body and optimize quality of life despite the ADT.
Exercise program would have to be included with this program. In one study of 2,700 male health care professionals (average age 70 years) with non-metastatic prostate cancer and found that those participating in vigorous physical activity for a duration ≥3 hours/week demonstrated a 49% lower risk of all-cause mortality and a 61% lower risk of death specifically from prostate cancer, compared with men who did 1 1 hour/week of vigorous activity. (Kenfield et al. 2011)
A systematic review of ten studies (five randomized and five uncontrolled clinical trials) examined the effects of exercise on patients receiving ADT. This paper demonstrated that physical performance was improved by exercise. Randomized controlled trials found exercise to be consistently beneficial for muscular performance: reported as increases in muscular strength and increases in upper and lower limb strength, compared with the control population. (Gardner et al. 2014)
Body composition (the amount of fat vs. muscle in the body) is a component of many studies investigating exercise effects on prostate cancer patients on ADT and resistance training has been shown to either increase lean body mass or not decline. Loss of muscle mass is a common scenario amongst ADT patients. (Galvão et al. 2010).An observational study reported in 2006 looking at over 70,000 men observed 11% increase in myocardial infarction risk and a 16% increased risk of coronary heart disease and death from cardiac arrest in the study of prostate cancer patients receiving ADT, versus those not on hormone therapy. (Keating et al. 2006)
Doctor Formulated based on Science and Research
Men’s Formula was developed by Dr. Raphael NyarkoteyObu, RND, PhD (A.M), Postdoc (H,M),AYLFP, FCPNM, MCPNM,CaPTC, AACR, Mini-EMBA, MSc.Dr. Nyarkotey is the President of Nyarkotey College of Holistic Medicine. He is a research Professor of Prostate cancer & Holistic Medicine at Da Vinci College of Holistic Medicine, Larnaca city, Cyprus. Dr. Nyarkotey is also the Principal Scientist and President at RNG Medicine Research Lab, Tema, community, 18, Ghana.His interest for prostate cancer in black Men and finding lasting solution started during his MSc prostate cancer care module organized by Sheffield Hallam University UK and Prostate Cancer UK. His PhD and Postdoctoral training in Natural Medicine also centered on the effect of Hibiscus Sabdariffa tea and Prostate Health. He has authored over four hundred scientificarticles on Natural Medicine and Prostate Health!
Dr. Nyarkotey is Ghana’s leading and one of only HolisticDoctors who focus exclusively on men’s Naturopathic urological health. He is a frequent speaker at universities, Holistic medical schools and conferences on ethnomedicine and Holistic Health, nutrition and natural treatments for prostate health. Men’s Formula is as a result of Dr. Nyarkotey’s research and practice of over 10(Ten) Years. He is a multiple award winning Holistic Medical Practitioner.Dr. Nyarkotey is a CNBC Africa AABLA finalist Innovator of the Year West Africa 2018, 40under40 Achiever in Education 2018 and Best Researcher in Prostate Care 2018 FN Business Awards.
Dr. Nyarkotey was conferred the Nigerian Legendary Award by the Optimum Men’s Health Foundation, Ikorodu, Nigeria for his crusade against prostate cancer and several uncountable accolades at a youthful age! Dr. Nyarkotey is the National President of the Alternative Medical Association of Ghana(AMAG) and a member of the Prostate Cancer Transatlantic Consortium(CaPTC), Active Member of American Association of Cancer Research(AACR) and several world Holistic Medical Bodies.
He authored the book “ Prostate Health: What Every Man Must Know before 40yrs”, a book used by one of Ghana’s leading Natural Medicine Crusaders-OhenebaNtimBarimah on OMAN FM to educate the public on Prostate Health.OhenebaNtimBarimah, recognizes him as one of Ghana’s finest prostate health and holistic medicine expert. Dr. Nyarkotey is very objective in his Holistic Medical Profession and Prostate Health. Dr. Chris Cole, MD, FACSM, of the National Cancer Centre in Niamey, Niger says” some are doctors by training, but Dr. Nyarkotey is a born doctor who’s received training”. His objectivity on natural medicine on ‘what works’ and ‘what do not work’ in the field of Naturopathic Urology/Oncology has distinguished him from his peers in the field. Dr. Nyarkotey is editorial Board Member of Fenix of 21th century scientific journal, and a prolific science writer in Leading Newspapers in Ghana.