Love him or hate him, the fact is, heavyweight champ Mike Tyson won his first 19 professional bouts with knockouts 12 of them in the first round by using the old one-two combination, a left jab followed by a right cross.
Today, docs are throwing a one-two combo at prostate cancer, and just as it did for the young Mike Tyson, its paying off big time. Up to now, if you were diagnosed with prostate cancer that hadnt spread beyond the prostate gland, a radical prostatectomy removal of the entire prostate and some surrounding tissue has been the gold standard for treatment. In addition, hormone therapy, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and even cryotherapy (freezing cancer cells with liquid nitrogen) have proved effective in individual cases. Unfortunately, using any single treatment increases the odds that the cancer will return.
Now, an expanded followup to a 2009 study has confirmed that using a one-two combo of radiation therapy and hormone treatment is doubling the 10- and 15-year survival rate of men with locally advanced or high-risk local prostate cancer. The researchers also point out that this double treatment doesnt cause side effects that are much more difficult to deal with than those associated with solo hormone treatment.
If you are diagnosed with locally invasive prostate cancer, talk to your doctors about this knockout punch, and explore your options.
Mehmet Oz, M.D., is host of The Dr. Oz Show, and Mike Roizen, M.D., is chief medical officer at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute. To live your healthiest, visit sharecare.com. Distributed by King Features Syndicate Inc.