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Invasion of the Prostate Snatchers: No More Unnecessary Biopsies, Radical Treatment or Loss of Sexual Potency Hardcover – August 24, 2010
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The title, "Invasion of the Prostate Snatchers," tells you at once where this book is coming from. Written in a very effective manner, alternating chapters between a patient and a doctor, the book's major thesis is that surgery or other radical intervention for prostate cancer is done, too often, too soon, and too indiscriminately.
The patient, Ralph Blum, has had low-risk prostate cancer for something like two decades and has been, as he says, a "Refusenik" when it comes to radical treatment. He did some hormone blockade therapy, and tried various forms of diet, natural remedies, etc. He is now age 75 and doing well, living with the cancer.
The doctor, Mark Scholz, is one of a rare breed of oncologist specialized in prostate cancer; as the book so clearly states, prostate cancer is usually the province of a urologist, who is also a surgeon, and hence pushes for immediate surgical intervention.
Certainly, the book's thesis has a lot of support in the modern medical community, some of whom even go so far as to say that even PSA tests (a simple blood test, and the most common screen for potential prostate cancer) are overdone, leading to too many biopsies which in turn lead to too much radical intervention.
The book talks in great detail about the side effects of radical intervention (surgery or radiation); about grades of prostate cancer; about options both usual and unusual; about hormone therapy; about diet and supplements; and much, much more.Read more ›
For people who have not already made a decision about treatment, who want to consider more options, who are afraid of the sexual side effects or the incontinence that can follow surgery, who don't want to go through radiation and suffer those side effects, this is a good book to review. It's a good book for those exploring options, reading with an open mind. A warning, though: don't get caught up in stupid conspiracy theories. The title is too inflammatory, too accusing. Read this in the way of the 12-Step Groups: "take what you want, and leave the rest." Find what is helpful or interesting to you, and ignore the rest. This is a resource, some more information and discussion on the issue, not the new gospel truth.
Not only is this book a valuable resource for those going through prostate issues, it could almost be described as "Required Reading" by any male over the age of 30. Men usually don't want to think about any problems with their equipment, much less spend any time reading a book that deals with the subject in-depth. But Blum's personal history with non-aggressive prostate cancer reveals not only the mental toll such a condition can take, but the various directions and decisions that a man can make regarding his own health. Most helpful of all, however, is the important lesson we all must learn about health issues: Take control of your health decisions and make them with the help of a caring, non-controlling, informed doctor. It's your body, not theirs, and YOU have to live with whatever is decided by BOTH of you, they don't.
Blum is among the lucky few who have an open-minded doctor at his side and this book reveals how thousands (millions?) of men leave the difficult decision of removing their prostate (and other ill-informed surgeries) to wrong-headed urologists when actually leaving it intact may turn out to be the best decision possible.
Scholz and Blum show how the busine$$ of Urologists is surgery and the busine$$ of Radiologists is radiation therapy. Therefore, consult a surgeon, and voila, the best decision according to them is... you guessed it, surgery!
Doctors are often WRONG and this book points that fact out again and again. The book also reveals how doctors are often self-consumed, ego-maniacs who think they are infallible.Read more ›
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excellent information for all males 40 plus, should be required readingPublished 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
Any man that has been diagnosed with prostate cancer MUST read this book. Also, get another doctor opinion from another state. CTCA in Atlanta, GA is an awesome place to go.Published 21 days ago by Peace09
You have only one chance of making the right decisions. Make sure they are informed decisions. Keep in mind that your doctor has an economic interest.Published 2 months ago by Paul E, Mann
I can't thank the authors enough. This book prevented an unnecessary removal of my prostate along with devastating potential side effects. Read morePublished 3 months ago by G. Coniglio
Highly interesting and informative. Well written easy read. Written proof that the doctor is as important as the treatment with PC. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Anyone with this diagnosis should read this book before getting any treatment. It is a quick and very easy read. Read morePublished 5 months ago by judy harvey
The story of one of the authors personal experience over 20 years makes a strong case for being informed about the available treatments and being very involved with making the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Tony C