Friday was World Cancer Day, an initiative created in 2000 by the World Health Organization (WHO) and their partner, the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), to raise awareness of cancer and encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment.
Friday was also the 10th anniversary of discovering that my radical prostatectomy to remove my prostate and my cancer at age 53 was a failure. That was a crushing day for me precisely ten years ago. I did not believe I would be alive ten years later. I would NEVER have thought that I would be physically and mentally thriving an entire decade later. PSMA scanning has confirmed that I have an advanced PC that sits where my prostate used to be and is growing (I wish I had known that ten years ago). I also completed nine months on the new pill form of the ADT drug Orgovyx, which drove my PSA down from 10.2 to 0.52. I’ll stay off Orgovyx and see how the PSA does and do another PSMA scan in the next few months. Before this, I was on hormone therapy two previous times. The last gap was three years until my PSA got to 10.
I believe my current (healthy) condition, survivorship, whatever you want to call it, is primarily due to my transitioning away from the standard American diet (SAD) to a whole-foods, plant-based diet at the time of my diagnosis a decade ago. It has been a life-saver and life-changer for me. You won’t hear much from any organization or non-profit in the cancer world about the power of plant-based nutrition as a cancer treatment option. Why? Money. The most powerful tool we have to avoid cancer later in life as well as help treat existing cancer gets no mention or press. Nobody can make any money with information. It’s sad, and it sucks, but it’s the truth.
Additionally, all the hype from the pharmaceutical and cancer industry about breakthrough treatments is just that: Hype. The truth is much less exciting: Increasing a person’s lifespan who is battling cancer by a few days or weeks is not breakthrough progress. Cancer continues to win.
While trillions of dollars continue to be spent on making and marketing marginal improvements to living longer with advanced cancer, the phenomenal power of nutrition will be wholly ignored and passed over for much more exciting and costly technological efforts that have yet to deliver significant results. If I am wrong, please show me the science that disputes what I have stated.