Testosterone supplements, rats, and risk for prostate cancer in healthy, aging men

The “New” Prostate Cancer InfoLink has long argued that the use of testosterone supplements by otherwise healthy men as they age (as a way to try to maintain the vigor and libido of their youth) comes with risks, and that one of those risks is the risk for a diagnosis of prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

Time for men to stop taking OTC vitamin E and selenium supplements

According to a media release issued by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center late last Friday, “high-dose supplementation with both the trace element selenium and vitamin E increase the risk of high-grade prostate cancer.  But importantly, this risk depends upon a man’s selenium status before taking the supplements.” … READ MORE …

Adding soy protein to your diet may NOT stop biochemical progression

According to data from a small, randomized, clinical trial published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, daily use of a supplement containing soy protein isolate for 2 years after radical prostatectomy did not reduce risk for biochemical progression of prostate cancer in high-risk patients. … READ MORE …

The two final sets of ASCO-related data (on a polyphenol-rich food supplement and curcuminoids)

Here is the last of our data-based reports from the annual meeting of the American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO), which ended last Tuesday. It deals with two presentations that are at least intellectually interesting but do not as yet “translate” into any type of clinical certainty. … READ MORE …

Supplements don’t work to treat prostate cancer (according to new review)

In an entirely unsurprising finding, “Despite dietary supplements being popular among prostate cancer patients, a new review of past research says they are not effective treatments for the disease” states a Reuters report published on Friday last week. … READ MORE …

Selenium levels in tissue and prostate cancer risk

According to a paper presented yesterday by Geybels et al. at the ongoing annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research in Washington, DC, among almost 60,000 men aged 55 to 69 at the beginning of the study, the men with the highest levels of selenium in their toenail clippings were 60 percent less likely to develop advanced prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

Do vitamin D and/or calcium prevent bone loss for men on ADT?

A newly published report has questioned the value of recommended doses of calcium and vitamin D supplements for men at risk for lower bone mineral density because of their use of androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) for prostate cancer. … READ MORE …