Warren Buffet dubbed the “Oracle of Omaha” and labeled as the “greatest stock market investor” is undoubtedly an expert in his field. Nevertheless, when it comes to cancer he sure is betting every dime on what his doctor recommended him. He has stage 1 prostate cancer.
Stage 1 prostate cancer means that the visible mass hasn’t spread to the rest of his prostate gland as yet. It has an excellent long term prognosis and very much curable. Buffet is 80 years old and his prostate cancer has a slim chance of spreading. Standard cancer treatment suited to his condition is radiation therapy plus surveillance. There wouldn’t be any need for surgery or chemo.
His cancer treatment
Some experts think that radiation therapy can cause more harm than good. They think that the reasonable option would be active surveillance of how the cancer would behave and grow. Surveillance would only entail regular monitor of his PSA and the next thing to do would depend on the levels of his PSA.
Nonetheless, Mr. Buffet and his doctor have conclusively chosen the radiotherapy. Cancer treatment depends on 3 factors namely: how aggressive the cancer is, how healthy Mr. Buffet is and the anxiety level while waiting for the cancer’s growth or development.
Radiotherapy is difficult on the cancer patient’s health. The patient needs to be in good health to overcome its toxic side effects. Well, it all depends on what treatment we are willing to undergo.
Mr. Buffet can help his treatment with a change of lifestyle. The American Cancer Society has recommended consuming 5 to 10 servings of fruits and vegetable every day to combat cancer. He can add functional foods in his diet whose phytonutrients are known to fight cancer. This trio – tomatoes, green tea and pomegranate – have shown great response in inhibiting the processes whereby prostate cancer grows and spreads. Coupled with this diet he can add a 30 minute regular exercise work out to strengthen his fight.
This lifestyle change will maximize the effects of his standard cancer treatment in killing those cancer cells in his prostate. While at the same time it will minimize the side effects of radiation therapy.