Lifestyle and Cancer Research Updates     April 2015
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Exercise during chemo reduces nausea and fatigue 

Although the benefits of exercise are clear after chemotherapy, a trial published in JCO recently confirmed that there are major benefits during chemotherapy, with little risk. What's more, it showed that amoung the 230 patients investigated those randomised to a high intensity supervised programme had particularly less nausea, vomiting and fatigue and more power and stamina to lead a normal life - full paper

Black obese men higher risk of prostate cancer than white obese men 

  exercise A study in JAMA Oncology found that obesity in black men had a substantially higher risk of low- and high-grade prostate cancer, whereas obesity in white men only slightly increased their risk. More specifically, black men who were obese (BMI ≥ 35) had a 122% increased risk of low-grade and an 81% increased risk of high-grade prostate cancer - read more

Getting into shape at middle age profoundly protects men from cancer 

Physically fit middle-aged men are less likely to develop lung and colon cancer in later life than their out-of-shape peers. Also, if they do develop cancer, they are more likely to beat it. Researchers looked at the notes of 14,000 men who had underwent treadmill tests at midlife. By 65 years or older those who performed well had a significantly lower risk of cancer by one-third lower. Interestingly the chance of getting prostate cancer was not reduced but the chance of surviving it was much higher - read more.

Chemotherapy induced nerve damaged helped by exercise 

Chemotherapy can damage the nerves in the hands and feet causing troublesome burning, numbness, tingling or loss of reflexes. Men and women who have received oxaliplatin for colorectal cancer are particularly vulnerable but two recent studies from the USA and Denmark both show that those who perform 3 or more hours a week of moderate activity recover more quickly from this troublesome side effect - read more

More eggs less diabetes 

Men who ate >5 eggs a week have been found to have a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes than men who ate <1 a week. This study was part of the Kuopio Ischaemic Heart Disease Risk Factor analysis. It was conducted in Finland and followed 2,332 participants for 20 years. It  was published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition - read more

Saunas are good for men!

A study from - yes you guest it - Finland - asked 2,315 men their sauna going habits via a questionnaire over 10 years. 

Men who visited the sauna once a week had a 10% reduced risk of death within 10 years from cardiac arrest or heart disease but men who went 2-3 times per week had a 22% reduction and >4 times had a staggering 63% reduction in risk of death - read more

Quitting smoking improve outcomes after prostate cancer 

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre in New York evaluated 2,400 patients who underwent treatment for prostate cancer between 1988 and 2005. Although smoking has been previously shown to increase prostate cancer risk they found it is still important to give up because that those who continued to smoke during and after radiotherapy had double the prostate cancer specific death rate. Other studies have also shown smoking increased rectal damage. Clearly smokers after prostate should be strong counselled to quit. Read more | Tips to quit.

Vitamin D directly effects prostate cancer cells

A study has provided further insights into the potential anti-cancer properties of Vit-D. Researchers randomised 37 to receive either 4000 u Vit-D or placebo for 60 days pre prostatectomy. At surgery there was a significant improvement in features of cancer activity in the vit-D group. They did not measure levels before so we don't know if this just benefited those who were deficient pre trial - see trial video
Unregulated copies of Pomi-T are hitting UK websites

The UK manufacturers have reported to us that batches of unregulated Pomi-T have been found on some UK websites. This is concerning because the original pomi-T underwent a very strict quality assurance programme required for the  original UK trial. This included mass spectrometry, authenticity and contamination assays. As the UK manufacturers agreed to continue this QA process the best way to be sure is to get it from them directly >>>

Report highlights the extent of health problems caused by xenoestrogens


Exposure to xenoestrogens is leading to an increased risk of health problems, including cancer, costing > $175 billion / year in Europe. These chemicals that can mimic or block oestrogen are commonly found in thousands of products including plastics, pesticides, furniture, and cosmetics - read report 

Sugar lowering drug helps men with prostate cancer 

meta-analysis of  8 retrospective cohort studies found that the drug metformin, given to mildly diabetic men, was associated with a an 18% decreased risk of PSA relapse in men treated for prostate cancer. For those treated with radiotherapy this was as high as 50%. More research is ongoing but in the mean time diabetics not on metformin should discuss a change with their physicians read more
Online micro-nutritional testing - optimise your nutritional status
blood tests Most 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. 

An online micro-nutrient service has been developed by cancernet which measures over 50 of the bodies essential micro-nutrients and anti-cancer enzymes.  

The results of the detailed blood test are issued with a 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 This latest 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


A new scheme is also now available to advocacy groups and hospitals - The publishers are able to supply at cost price to groups who can sell on to members at a discount Contact us about joinng this scheme 


Read foreword by Paula Radcliffe 

Read free sample chapter - Avoiding carcinogens 

Measure and plot your PSA doubling time (PSAdt)

 This application is useful for doctors and patients alike as it quickly and accurately calculates the rate of rise of two or more PSA blood measurements over time - more important measurement than an isolated single level.

This is particularly useful for men with prostate cancer managed with Active Surveillance or experiencing a PSA relapse after previous treatments. The PSA doubling time over any period of time is displayed in an easily readable graph so one can accurately see if it is shortening (bad) or lengthening (good) in response to lifestyle changes or oral supplements such as Pomi-T. The graph can be updated with each blood test and the results emailed to your home computer or doctor - read more