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Health Watch: Treating Prostate Cancer Holistically

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Anthony Carbone is trying a natural approach to treat his early stage prostate cancer. "I haven't had steak in a year. I haven't had a hamburger in a year. I'm not eating red meat," he explains.

It's part of a regime called "active holistic surveillance". Many prostate cancers grow slowly and may never require surgery or radiation. Traditionally doctors would take a wait and see approach, telling patients to have their blood checked every three months. This program takes it a step further; using diet, supplements and exercise to lower the chances of the disease progressing.

"It will reduce your cancer causing compounds in the body and increase your antioxidants and reduce inflammation," says Dr. Aaron Katz, a urologist with Winthrop University Hospital.

The program calls for a major diet change – low on red meat and dairy and high in cruciferous vegetables like kale, cauliflower and broccoli. Dr. Katz also recommends taking natural supplements to boost the body's immune system. "There has been research that has shown that pomegranate extract pills can extend the time that it takes for PSAs to double," he says.

Written by Wendy Damonte

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