Interviewer: So when it comes to treatment for prostate cancer, what are some of the more common, and what, in your opinion, are some of the more effective?
Dr. Phranq Tamburri: For natural or conventional, or both?
Interviewer: Either. For either.
Dr. Phranq Tamburri: Well, for prostate cancer, the best treatment right now, for low-risk prostate cancer, low-risk meaning, summarizing, the PSA's under ten, if there's a biopsy, if there's less than three quarters positive, they do not have a gleason seven or higher. There's certain criteria, what we're thinking is going to be a pit bull from a poodle. But assuming we're talking the poodle form, active surveillance, by far, is the best treatment. And in essence, what that means is, not to treat. It means to track it. I can't stress enough that in itself is a treatment, because to do treatment, usually would mean surgery of some kind or radiation and problems. So to know how to properly track with active surveillance, that is an art form of a treatment that doctors are just now starting to figure out. More precisely about things to take, men often go and they buy serenoa reopens. That's the herb, saw palmetto, commonly known as. That actually acts as a five alferducace inhibitor. Well, what that does is it, stops testosterone from converting into DHT, dihydrotestosterone.
Now, without getting too technical with this, my point though is, you're taking a herb that's affecting the hormones, but is that really what the problem is with the cancer?
So men sometimes go and they buy these natural treatments, just, well, the health food store said so, Dr. Oz said something, and whoever they heard with good intentions. But what are you really treating? If cancer comes in different varieties how do you know what to treat? There is no one trick. It really comes down to understanding the flavor, so to speak, or the personality of the cancers and watching them.
Some of the best treatments though, I would say, would be anti inflammatories. Cancer is often gotten by inflammation. So anti inflammatories. Curcumin is a fantastic one. Liposome, forms of curcumin are tumeric, excellent. Fish oil. It sounds like a clichv©, but fish oil is an anti inflammatory for the body and an anti-cancer. At the same time, flax oil. Flax, freshly ground flax is fantastic, because it has what's called lignans, and lignans are very unique to flax seeds, so it has the oil for the prostate and the lignans that help come drive it into the prostate at the same time.
So these are some standards. Antioxidants are fantastic, because when you have inflammation, you create damage. The damage tends to be oxidation, and you want to reverse that.
And then lastly, it would be botanical medicines that help balance the hormone pathway.
One last I want to throw in though also is, a one three beta glucan. Those help stimulate the immune system, and for whatever the reason, the cancer is there. Even if it's a low grade cancer. But to have your immune system get an extra boost in the law enforcement department to take on renegade cancers is always helpful.
So that's the natural. Conventionally, that's a whole loaded area, but I would say that, unless it can be determined that a cancer is on the verge of being metastatic, then rushing to surgery is something they might want to avoid. But there's two components to understand with prostate surgeries. There's what's called a radical surgery, which means they remove the whole prostate. There's another group of surgeries, or procedures, known as retention treatments. That's where they keep the prostate, they just kill it from within. All kinds of creative ways of nuking it, frying it, radiating it, what have you.
So, one is remove it, with the robot, you rip it out. The other is, you use things like cryo treatment, hyfu. Many people watching this will probably have heard these procedures.
So there are two classifications. And the reason it's important I'm demarketing these out is that the open surgery has an advantage. And that is, if you want the maximum chance of getting all the cancer, then you remove the prostate. The flip side, like a yin and yang, is you also have the maximum chance of having side effects, because you just ripped this gland out. At the same time, the retention treatments are the (inaudible), meaning that you have the least side effect risk because you're not ripping it out, but you also have slightly more of a risk, because you didn't remove it, some of the cancer might remain, and hence, that could be there.
So there's no perfect formula for anything including natural treatments, but it's finding what's right for you.
And the last point I'd say, on that issue though is that men are very angry sometimes when they have a treatment that doesn't work for them when its forced on them. But if a patient decides on their own, by looking at all the evidence and all the options, and they calmly, without that pressure of a doctor scaring them into a procedure, but if they make a decision, regardless of what it winds up becoming, no matter how bad the side effects are, they never go through life angry. Maybe a bit disappointed, but they don't have that rage, like that can consume them, for their healing.