Treatment options for prostate cancer are more effective than ever before. Yet, for many men, the diagnosis and treatment of cancer brings to their attention the need to change their diet and exercise behaviors. While the primary focus of the prostate cancer survivor is to live a life free of cancer, more men are beginning to realize that a healthy diet and regular exercise can be an important step toward preventing other diseases that commonly occur with aging, including heart disease and diabetes. Exciting new data suggest that this same approach may also slow prostate cancer growth. This guide takes the best published evidence from population studies, basic science, and limited human studies, and puts them together in ways that make practical sense — with the overall goal of helping you achieve “thrivership” not just survivorship.
What is thrivership? The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines thriver as one who progresses toward a goal despite circumstances, and flourishes. The diagnosis of prostate cancer can lead you in one of two directions. Some will react to this diagnosis with a sense of resignation and fatalism. This view can lead to helplessness — waiting for the other shoe of cancer recurrence or progression to drop. On the other hand, thrivership puts you in the driver’s seat — making you as vital to your care and treatment as any doctor or nurse. You may have had prostate cancer, but now you are in charge of your life, adopting new healthy habits and enjoying each day to its fullest.
As a prostate cancer thriver, you can use the latest knowledge about nutrition and exercise to improve your overall health and quality of life. Your diagnosis of prostate cancer can be the beginning of a healthier lifestyle.