CoQ10/Ubiquinol for Heart Disease But for Prostate Cancer Too?

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By September the pain from the prostate cancer bone metastases were  negligible and I had been doing serious biking most of the summer.

Hello David.  Here’s my history:

Image result for photo of external beam radiotherapyDiagnosed in 1992 at age 51 with PSA 14.2, I opted for External Beam Radiation Therapyin late 1993 when PSA had reached 29. and was treated in early 1994.  PSA dropped to 2.3.  It started to rise 6 yrs later.  On Lupron and Intermittant Lupron for 5 yrs, I developped all sorts of side effects. So, I looked for and found a Urologist who agreed to switch me to Cassodex 150mg.  PSA kept rising, but slowly.

At approx. PSA 22 in Aug 2012, the Uro decided to go back to Lupron. Two months later I developed major heart problems- angina so irritable that I could hardly go out of the house. Keep mind that I am a six by-pass recipient in 1994 and in 2006, I received 3 stents; I suspect the Lupron may be the cause of that.

In Jan. 2013, I realised that the pains I had been experiencing at the bottom of the pelvis were due to metastasis from my prostate cancer. By April it had spread to the left femur and I was starting to limp and of course to look for solutions.  I stumbled upon this National Cancer Institute web page:

CoQ10 - CoEnzyme Dietary Supplement

Under Human/Clinical Studies you will find one study in which 3 women claimed cure from advanced breast cancer with mets, using 390 milligrams of CoQ10. I decided to pursue that course since it was familiar to me; I had been using  Ubiquinol for heart disease for 4 yrs.  I found somewhere that some urologists were recommending up to 600 milligrams of CoQ10, it made sense.  After all men are heftier than women so I went with the larger dose.  By september the pain from the metastases to my bones were  negligeable and,  I had been doing serious biking most of the summer.  My PSA had stopped climbing and now I’m really looking forward to the next PSA test in January.  That is my history.

Leo


Hi Leo-

While I’m sorry to read of both your prostate cancer (PCa) diagnosis and related side effects I am glad to read that combined evidence-based non-conventional therapies CoQ10 and exercise appear to put your PCa on a downward trend.

I supplement with CoQ10 myself as I too have chemotherapy-induced heart damage (chronic a-fib). I supplement with Life Extension Super Ubiquinol CoQ10 with Enhanced Mitochondrial Support.

I have done some research on CoQ10, heart health and prostate cancer. See the info below.

David Emerson

  • Cancer Survivor
  • Cancer Coach
  • Director PeopleBeatingCancer

Recommended Reading:


Coenzyme Q10 – Topic Overview

“Heart failure- If you have heart failure, talk to your doctor before you take any supplement. There’s no strong evidence that vitamins or other supplements can help treat heart failure. They are used along with medical heart failure treatments, not instead of treatment.

But you may still hear about CoQ10 supplements and heart failure. CoQ10 has not been shown definitely to relieve heart failure symptoms. Only some of the studies of coenzyme Q10 showed that it helps heart failure symptoms.1

Cancer- In 1961, scientists saw that people with cancer had little CoQ10 in their blood. They found low CoQ10 blood levels in people with myeloma, lymphoma, and cancers of the breast, lung, prostate, pancreas, colon, kidney, and head and neck. Some research has suggested that CoQ10 helps the immune system and may be useful as a secondary treatment for cancer.”

 

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