With a gleason score of 3+4=7 I had a prostatectomy in 2011. I had radiation in 2013, now my psa is on the rise, now at 0 .9, it seems I am headed for ADT. "Hormone blocking"
I am trying to slow the PSA rise with supplements.
Does anyone have experience with supplements? Please share your experience and resources
I am using three herbal supplements:
I went to an integrated Dr at Sloan Kettering, she recommended.
Zyflamend. It has herb extracts.
This is the ingredients break down from the Sloan Kettering's About Herbs (a good evidence based resource) site site: mskcc.org/cancer-care/integ...
"Zyflamend is an herbal supplement consisting of Holy basil, turmeric, ginger, green tea, rosemary, hu zhang, Chinese goldthread, barberry, oregano, and skullcap. Promoters of Zyflamend claim that it has anti-inflammatory and antiaging effects. In a few in lab studies, it has been shown to reduce inflammation and levels of certain enzymes that produce estrogen. It can also cause cell death. Results from a small study indicate it may help lower prostate specific antigen (PSA), a marker of prostate cancer. More research is needed."
120 soft gels 500mg about $69.00 less 20% at Natural Green Market in NYC, also on line. Shop around get the best price. Three pills daily. one morning, one noon, one evening.
Side effects: some back taste, maybe causes gas.(?)
Also recommended at Sloan Kettering.
"Pomegranate is a small fruit-bearing tree native to Asia. Juice from the seed pulp contains compounds known as polyphenols that may contribute to its activity. A few studies suggest pomegranate juice can benefit patients with heart disease and can lower cholesterol and blood pressure. It was shown in laboratory studies to prevent growth of cancer cells. In a human study, intake of pomegranate juice was found to have some benefit in patients with prostate cancer, but more clinical trials are needed to confirm such effects."
$24.99 425mg Two for one at Westerly Health Food 8th av. NYC
3 pills daily
Side effects: none.
"Genistein Combined Polysaccharide (GCP) is composed of genistein, a soy isoflavone, and polysaccharides derived from Basidiomycetes mushrooms. Although GCP itself has not been studied in the laboratory, genistein and Basidiomycetes mushrooms have, with the following results.
Genistein has been studied extensively in laboratory experiments. These generally show that genistein, when directly applied to several types of cancer cells (including estrogen receptor (ER+) and (ER-) breast cancer, prostate cancer, neuroblastoma and sarcoma), inhibits their growth and replication. Genistein 1) competes with the body’s own estrogen and 2) inhibits the ability of a growth factor called EGF to stimulate its receptor and cause downstream cellular effects. Estrogen and EGF can enhance the growth of certain tumors (such as ER+ breast cancer), so scientists think that genistein might act against them to slow tumor growth. This theory has not been confirmed in humans through clinical studies, however."
Dr. Aaron Katz, Professor of Urology, Columbia Presbyterian has some strong claims about GSP GiniKinoko.
"For my patients who do not wish radiation and/or surgery we studied GCP in the laboratory to find out its mechanism of action. In our studies here (Columbia Presbyterian) we found it to have dramatic effect on controlling and killing prostate cancer cells…even aggressive prostate cancer cells. As no side effects were noted, the disease was controlled and cancer cells stopped from growing while maintaining the patient's quality of life, making GCP a very valuable alternative/holistic treatment whether used alone or with conventional treatments."
60 tabs 500ml. $101 dose 4 pills daily
Side effects: none.
Has anyone tried these herbal supplements?
Or other herby supplements?