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booksWe aim to highlight research, resources and announcements from around the World which improve our understanding of how lifestyle can influence the risk of prostate cancer, well-being after treatments and reduce the risk of relapse.  


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Follow us on Twitter Pomi-T study given prominent exposure on Channel 5 news after NCRI conference

pomi-t-green A further analysis of the double blind RCT Pomi-T study presented at the NCRI conference last week again generated strong interest from the media


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This new data showed that men on the polyphenol rich whole food supplement  were 30% more likely to stay on surveillance compared to placebo ..More about study 

Follow us on Twitter A healthy lifestyle combo reduces lethal prostate cancer risk.

A cohort study involving 46,000 health professional from Stacey Kenfield's group in San Francisco showed that those who adapted two or less health lifestyle habits had a 39% greater chance of aggressive prostate cancer compared to those who adopted 5 or 6 which included:

  • Regular exercise (greater than 3 hours per week)
  • Low processed meat intake
  • Eating high amounts of polyphenol rich food (colourful fruits, herbs, vegetables)
  • Eating oily fish
  • BMI less than 30 kg/m2 - more about lifestyle and prostate cancer
Follow us on Twitter Genetic markers of aging linked with increased risk of aggressive prostate cancer
Men with short-ended chromosomes were found to be at increased risk for aggressive prostate cancer compared with men with long-ended chromosomes according to results presented by from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Men who smoked had the shortest telomeres in their blood leukocytes and were more than four times as likely to have gone on to develop aggressive prostate cancer -help to quit smoking 
Follow us on Twitter The anti-depressant, venlafaxaine, does not help hot flushes in men

A calcium vit d RCT published in the JCO involved 120 men with prostate cancer suffering hot flushes whilst taking hormones. They were randomised to the anti-depressant venlafaxine, placebo or soy powder protein. Soy extracts, not been shown to help hot flushes in women, also shown no benefit in men.

Venlaflaxine has been shown to help women but unfortunately had no benefit for men in this study
- Lifestyle tips for hot flushes. 


 Follow us on Twitter Food combination enhances absorption of broccoli polyphenols

broccoliDr Jeffery from the University of Illinois has shown that the enzyme myrosinase is destroyed by boiling or microwaving broccoli but not steaming. It is also this enzyme that is needed for the healthy polyphenol sulforaphane to be absorbed.

However eating raw foods such as radish, mustard, coleslaw, wasabi and other uncooked cruciferous veg high in this enzyme increases the absorption from boiled broccoli or dried supplements. This suggest that eating something raw with each meal or when taking Pomi-T is a good idea.

Follow us on Twitter Chemo brain - now it's hormone brain!

man yogaA number of men and women on hormone therapies report mental fogginess despite never having chemo. A study reported in Neuroscience has revealed the  biological basis for "hormone brain". Mice brain cells which produce the protective myelin sheaths (oligodendrocyte-type 2 astrocyte progenitor cells) were seen to be damaged by hormones. Fortunately, Dr. Noble's found that a new agent selumetinib protects normal cells but not cancer cells - further research will show whether his can be used in men and women on hormone therapies - In the mean time tips to improve brain power 

Follow us on Twitter For more action in the bedroom after RXT - buy a pair of trainers!

dancing A study of 440 men with prostate cancer from Cambridge published in the Journal "Clinical Oncology" analysis exercise levels, BMI and erectile function. Men who exercised regular after radiotherapy had a significantly higher chance of maintaining useful erectile function and responding to drugs. - Find an exercise class in your area 

Online micro-nutritional testing - optimise your nutritional status
nutritional testsMost top athletes measure their body's essential micro-nutrients to ensure they have the correct nutritional balance for optimal performance. These tests are now available for everyone especially those concerned about or who have survived cancer. A online micro-nutrient service has been developed by cancernet which measures over 50 of the bodies essential micro-nutrients and anti-cancer enzymes (read evidence base).  The results of the detailed blood test are issued with a comprehensive bespoke advice programme which empowers the recipient to a diet and lifestyle which corrects deficiencies and lowers excesses to restore optimal nutritional status - read more about micro-nutrient testing
Lifestyle and Cancer - the facts

Lifestyle after Cancer The 2011 edition of Lifestyle and Cancer dispells the myths by providing clear evidence based advice, to help readers cope with side effects, speed up recovey and reduce the risk of relapse after cancer  Order online


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Read foreword by Paula Radcliffe Free Chapter - Avoiding carcinogens