Course Content
1. Introduction to Prostate Cancer
o Understanding the prostate gland o Overview of prostate cancer o Risk factors and epidemiology
2. Signs and Symptoms
o Common signs and symptoms o When to seek medical attention o Diagnostic tests and screening guidelines
3. Diagnosis and Staging
o Biopsy procedures and interpretation o Staging techniques (TNM system) o Imaging modalities for staging
6. Nutrition and Lifestyle Considerations
o Diet and nutrition recommendations o Exercise and physical activity guidelines o Stress management techniques
Understanding Prostate Cancer: Online Course for Patients & Caregivers
About Lesson


Diet and nutrition play a vital role in the overall health and well-being of prostate cancer patients. Adopting a balanced diet rich in nutrients and antioxidants can help support immune function, manage treatment side effects, and improve quality of life during and after prostate cancer treatment.

Diet and Nutrition Recommendations:

  1. Plant-Based Diet:

    • Encourage prostate cancer patients to consume a predominantly plant-based diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds, which provide essential vitamins, minerals, fiber, and phytochemicals with potential anticancer properties.
  2. Healthy Fats:

    • Emphasize the importance of incorporating healthy fats, such as omega-3 fatty acids found in fatty fish (e.g., salmon, mackerel), flaxseeds, chia seeds, and walnuts, while minimizing saturated and trans fats from processed foods and red meat.
  3. Lean Protein Sources:

    • Recommend lean protein sources, including poultry, fish, tofu, tempeh, beans, and lentils, as part of a balanced diet to support muscle strength, immune function, and tissue repair during prostate cancer treatment.
  4. Hydration:

    • Encourage adequate hydration by drinking water throughout the day and limiting intake of sugary beverages, caffeinated drinks, and alcohol, which may exacerbate urinary symptoms and dehydration.
  5. Portion Control and Moderation:

    • Advocate for portion control and mindful eating practices to prevent excessive calorie intake, maintain a healthy weight, and reduce the risk of obesity-related comorbidities in prostate cancer patients.

Online Resources for Further Learning:

Explore the following online resources to learn more about diet and nutrition recommendations for prostate cancer patients:

  • Online Workbook PDFs:

  • Interactive Quizzes and Assessments:

    • – Quiz Yourself: Interactive quizzes on nutrition, healthy eating, and dietary guidelines provide an engaging way for prostate cancer patients to assess their knowledge and understanding of dietary recommendations.
  • Video Lectures:

    • MD Anderson Cancer Center – Nutrition Videos: Access a series of educational videos on nutrition, cooking tips, and healthy eating strategies for cancer patients and caregivers, presented by nutrition experts at MD Anderson Cancer Center.
  • Printable Charts:

  • List of Recommended Apps and Digital Tools:

    • MyFitnessPal: A popular mobile app for tracking food intake, monitoring calorie consumption, and setting nutrition goals, which can be beneficial for prostate cancer patients managing their diet and weight.
  • Supplementary Reading Materials and Resources:

    • National Cancer Institute – Eating Hints: Comprehensive guides and fact sheets on managing eating problems, appetite loss, and taste changes during cancer treatment offer practical tips and strategies for maintaining adequate nutrition.

End of Topic Quiz:

  1. Which dietary recommendation is emphasized for prostate cancer patients to support immune function and manage treatment side effects?

    • A) Plant-based diet
    • B) High-fat diet
    • C) Low-carbohydrate diet
    • D) Processed food diet

    Answer: A) Plant-based diet

  2. What is the recommended source of healthy fats for prostate cancer patients?

    • A) Butter
    • B) Olive oil
    • C) Processed snacks
    • D) Margarine

    Answer: B) Olive oil

Takeaway Assignment:

Assign students to create a personalized meal plan and recipe booklet tailored to meet the dietary needs and preferences of a prostate cancer patient undergoing treatment. The meal plan should incorporate evidence-based nutrition recommendations, practical cooking tips, and easy-to-follow recipes featuring cancer-fighting ingredients. Encourage students to consider factors such as taste changes, appetite loss, and dietary restrictions when designing the meal plan. This assignment will help students apply their knowledge of diet and nutrition in a practical context and develop skills in patient-centered nutrition counseling.

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