Gordon Saxe, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.

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Nutrition and Cancer Web Seminars

Effects of a Plant-based Diet on Disease Progression in Recurrent Prostate Cancer

Originally Presented On: Saturday, July 22, 2006

Event:  The Cancer Project’s 2006 Cancer & Nutrition Symposium in Bethesda, Md.

Speaker: Gordon Saxe, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.
Assistant professor in the department of family and preventive medicine and a member of the Moores Cancer Center at the University of California, San Diego.

Synopsis: This lecture examines the rationale for the use of a plant-based diet in the management of prostate cancer. Recent findings from a pilot clinical intervention trial at the University of California, San Diego, were presented, and the possible effects of dietary modification on the progression of recurrent prostate cancer were discussed.

Intended Audience: Internists, oncologists, registered dieticians, registered nurses, and cancer researchers.

Objectives: Upon completion of this Web Seminar, participants should be able to:

  • describe the components of a vegan diet used as an intervention in prostate cancer patients;
  • have an understanding of how diet affects prostate cancer risk; and
  • describe the results of the UCSD diet study on prostate cancer progression.

Speaker Bio:  Gordon Saxe, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.
Gordon Daxe, M.D. Ph.D., M.P.H.Dr. Gordon Saxe received his M.P.H. in nutrition at Tulane University, his Ph.D. in epidemiology at the University of Michigan, and his M.D. at Michigan State University. He completed residency training in preventive medicine at the University of Massachusetts and is now an assistant professor in the department of family and preventive medicine and a member of the Moores Cancer Center at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Saxe’s research has focused on the role of diet and lifestyle factors in breast and prostate cancer. His current research focuses on whether adoption of a plant-based diet, reinforced by stress reduction, can slow the progression of recurrent prostate cancer.

*Watch a related Web cast: "Dairy Products, Calcium, and Prostate Cancer: A Review of the Evidence" by Edward Giovannucci, M.D., Sc.D.