Prostate Cancer and IPT
Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in men, and the
most commonly diagnosed non-skin cancer in the US. One man in six will be
diagnosed with this disease in his lifetime, comparable to one woman in eight or
nine for breast cancer. In 1995, about 244,000 cases were diagnosed (one
every 2 minutes), and 40,000 died of the
disease or its treatment, more than double the number of deaths due to
According to the Drs. Perez Garcia, prostate cancer is one of their preferred
cancers to treat, because in so many cases it responds so well. The
treatment used is standard IPT, with low dose chemotherapy (standard drugs given
at 1/4 to 1/10 the normal dose), along with nutrients and detoxifiers.
If the patient begins IPT when the prostate cancer is in an early stage, then
Dr. Perez Garcia 3 is fairly confident that he can achieve complete remission in
most cases. If the patient goes at a later stage, and especially after
trying other treatments (surgery, hormonal therapy, chemotherapy, radiation),
they say that complete remission is less likely, but that they can help
slow the disease and improve the patient's quality of life.
I think it would be worthwhile for patients and their doctors to
consider what Dr. SGA calls a "Safe-Trial" period, in which gentle
IPT treatments are tried for a few weeks before trying any other
therapies. If results are good (and Dr. Perez Garcia 3 says he can usually tell if
it is likely to work after one or two treatments), then IPT can be
continued. If there is no effect, then the patient can go on to other
methods, but at least he will have experienced no harm, and will have lost
little ground during a few weeks of postponement.
I certainly wish my own biological father had pursued this option before
undergoing the difficult course of treatment that eventually led to his death.
(He died of pneumonia caused by destruction of his immune system by
chemotherapy, radiation, and too much steroid (prednisone) medication.)
Standard treatments for prostate cancer include surgical removal of the
prostate, hormonal therapy (chemical castration), surgical castration to stop
testosterone production, normal-dose chemotherapy, and radiation. All
these treatments can be grueling ordeals, and have many potentially serious side
effects. All too often, patients are depressed to find that they have
become impotent or incontinent, either one a severe blow to quality of life.
IPT, in contrast, is more likely to actually improve potency (see case
on Genitourinary page), especially where the problem
was caused by circulatory problems.
Cases of prostate cancer successfully treated with IPT: