Living with prostate cancer can be a very stressful experience. Making treatment decisions, worrying about possible side effects, and trying to stay healthy after treatment can be difficult. But thanks to new surgical treatment methods and better technology, patients with prostate cancer have a better chance of survival than ever before. In fact, more than 90% of men now have their prostate cancer diagnosed early, and ten years after being diagnosed many patients have a survival rate nearly identical to those without cancer.
If you’re a prostate cancer survivor, limiting your risk of recurrence is an important part of everyday life. At Comprehensive Urology, our specialists have compiled a list of three ways to limit your risk of prostate cancer recurrence. To learn more about prostate cancer, please schedule a consultation with our Los Angeles urology experts by calling (310) 499-2756.
How to Limit Prostate Cancer Recurrence
Maintain a Healthy Weight
Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight is something that everyone should strive to achieve, but this is especially true for those who are recovering from prostate cancer. During prostate cancer treatment, patients should try to avoid gaining weight, as obesity has been linked to a greater risk of prostate cancer recurrence.
Eat a Healthy Diet
A change in diet can have many positive effects on your life. If you are recovering from prostate cancer, a healthy, well-balanced diet is essential for overall good health. Patients with prostate cancer should avoid high-fat dairy products, red meat (beef, pork, lamb), and processed meat (hot dogs, bacon). Eating fruits and vegetables and having a diet high in whole grains, poultry, and fish can also reduce the risk of prostate cancer recurrence.
Additionally, new studies suggest that coffee consumption can lower a patient’s risk of prostate cancer. Though not proven, drinking coffee and green tea may prevent prostate cancer recurrence. It has also been suggested that various compounds found in green tea (like catechin and EGCG) can even prevent prostate cancer from forming in the first place.
If you’re living with prostate cancer, physical activity is a safe and fun way to improve your health. When exercising, multiple areas of the body are being improved. In addition, frequent physical activity can help the mind and reduce the risk of depression.
Though exercise is typically safe during prostate cancer treatment, it’s important to speak with your doctor before engaging in strenuous activities. Your doctor can let you know if you’re healthy enough for an exercise routine.
Contact Top Urologists Today
Thanks to state-of-the-art technology and new knowledge about the disease, patients diagnosed with prostate cancer are now able to live longer and stay healthier than ever before. Nearly 3 million men in the United States are living with prostate cancer. Although prostate cancer is a serious disease (and the second most common cancer diagnosed among American men), millions of individuals around the world are living normal lives with the disease. To schedule a consultation with the prostate cancer experts at Comprehensive Urology, please call (310) 499-2756 or contact us online.