Posts Tagged ‘prostate cancer’

Man Watching March Madness on TV

post-surgery priority: watching March Madness on television

There has long been contention in the medical research community as to whether vasectomy procedures affect a man’s risk of prostate cancer. And since an average of one in six men over 35 years of age decide to get a vasectomy — a procedure that leads to sterility by means of severing and tying a man’s vas deferentia to prevent the release of sperm — the topic deserves attention. Yet even data and discussion from the National Cancer Institute is as outdated as 2002.

In the meantime, a stranger correlation has come out of the woodwork: vasectomy procedures and March Madness. Intriguing and, as I thought when I first read the headlines, hard to believe.

Sure enough, the trend started in 2008 when the Oregon Urology Institute offered free t-shirts, free food and frozen peas (for swelling post-surgery). Now it seems that men are finding incentives to get a vasectomy during the March Madness month of leisurely basketball watching. By this year, the Cleveland Clinic expects the number of vasectomy procedures to increase 50%.

USA Today reports more on the story here.

Charcoal Drawing of Man in Yoga Pose

Channel the Inner You

Researchers at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas have recently reported unique findings for prostate cancer subjects.

The study, whose findings were published last month, examined various forms of support for prostate cancer subjects undergoing radical prostatectomy — which, while highly successful at eliminating cancer, is known to take an incredible toll both mentally and physically.

Specifically, researchers divided subjects into three groups:

  1. one third of the men received routine care through their hospital pre- and post-surgery;
  2. another group was given access to psychologists prior to the surgery and directly following the procedure;
  3. a final third group received stress management training, in which they a) met with a psychologist for support, b) learned deep breathing and guided-imagery techniques to help cope with the stress of surgery, c) were led through a mental imagery exercise to review everything that would happen to them throughout surgery and in recovery, and d) were given mini sessions the morning of the operation and two days after as well as a guide and audiotapes so they could practice on their own.

Two days after surgery, researchers found that men from the third group who had received stress management had a stronger immune response, which aids in the healing process. Most encouraging of stress management training, the men who received meditation and guided-imagery before and after surgery reported better overall physical functioning a year later.

Such findings are, for us here at Amazing Solutions, of particular interest due to our work in alternative prostate health treatment. The dietary supplement, Prostate Health Cocktail (PHC), was developed by our colleague Dr. Jacek Pinski who is among a new breed of scientists focused on integrated medical strategies for prolonging male vitality and treating prostate cancer. PHC is available exclusively through OncoNatural.

To learn more, check out this interview with Dr Pinski about prostate health and disease therapy.