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Attention men: Find out what's behind the high recurrence rate of prostate cancer

by , 24 July 2013

Studies show that while prostate cancer can be successfully treated, the cancer returns in about 70% of cases. So what's behind this incredibly high recurrence rate? Read on to find out…

If you’re wondering why the recurrence rate of prostate cancer is so high, a recent study might have an answer for you.

The study has found that prostate cancer stem cells initiate the disease in the first place. Unfortunately, this sub-group of cells is resistant to chemotherapy. And this appears to be the key behind the relapses.

According to Dr Jonathan Wright of Nutrition & Healing, chemo often controls the bulk of prostate cancer cells, but it doesn’t kill the stem cells. So these surviving stem cells can start up the cancer growth again.

Is there anything you can do to reduce this risk of developing cancer after treatment?

The short answer is yes.

And it’s thanks to gamma-tocotrienol, one of the eight forms of vitamin E.

According to Dr Wright, studies from Australia show that gamma-tocotrienol appears to do two very important things:
  • It prevents growth of cancer from prostate cancer stem cells
  • When prostate cancer is detected, gamma-tocotrienol kills normal cancer cells and induces stem cells to self destruct, sharply reducing the likelihood the cancer will return.

While so far only a mouse study and a lab study support this chain of events, Dr Wrights says “given that gamma-tocotrienol is a known cancer-fighter, does no harm and does a lot of good for the heart, this is a course of treatment every prostate cancer patient (or anyone concerned about his prostate) should consider adding to his routine.”

If you’re considering gamma-tocotrienol, it’s advisable that you speak to your doctor so he can advice you.

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