Invasion of the Prostate Snatchers

Invasion of the Prostate Snatchers

No More Unnecessary Biopsies, Radical Treatment or Loss of Sexual Potency

Book - 2010
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Every year almost a quarter of a million confused and frightened American men are tossed into a prostate cancer cauldron stirred by salespeople representing a multibillion-dollar industry. In this flourishing business, the radical prostatectomy is still the most widely recommended treatment option. Yet a recent and definitive study in the New England Journal of Medicine concluded that out of the fifty thousand prostate operations performed annually, more than forty thousand are unjustified. But this is no surprise given that 99 percent of all doctors treating this disease are surgeons or radiation therapists. The appalling fact is that men are still being rushed into a major operation that rarely prolongs life and more than half the time leaves them impotent.

Invasion of the Prostate Snatchers is a report on the latest thinking in prostate cancer therapy: close monitoring-active surveillance rather than surgery or radiation-should be the initial treatment approach for many men. There are three stages of prostate cancer and this book will provide accurate information about how to distinguish between them: Low-Risk, which requires no immediate treatment; Intermediate-Risk, which will benefit from surgery, radiation, and/or hormonal therapy; and High-Risk , a type that does require immediate treatment with a combination of therapies. In a unique collaboration, doctor and patient provide a wholly new perspective on managing this disease. Ralph Blum's account of his personal struggle, together with Dr.Mark Scholz's presentation of newscientific advances, provides convincing evidence that this noninvasive approach can be crucial in preventing tens of thousands of men from being overtreated every year. Invasion of the Prostate Snatchers serves as an indispensable map through the medical minefield of prostate cancer.
Publisher: New York : Other Press, c2010
ISBN: 9781590513422
1590513428
Branch Call Number: 616.99463 B625i 2010
Characteristics: vi, 293 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Scholz, Mark

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Jun 27, 2015

I did not read this book so i did not rate it. I am a 76 year old male who had my prostate removed 2007. Due to early detection with annual PSA tests I did not have to have chemo or radiation. My prostate was removed with the Davinci Robotic method. My surgeon was supposed to be one of the best in eastern Kansas.
the doctor did not discuss side effects, instead handed me a book to read. I waited 30-60 days to decide to go under the knife. The post op pain was much less than the 2 hernia surgeries I had in the 1990's.My sphincter was damaged and I have excessive leakage .I wear Depends diapers with an extra pad which must be changed 3-4 times per day. Alcohol and coffee runs right thru me. I was too late for the "WATCH AND WAIT" which was recommended for men my age later on. i have erectile disfunction but i guess that comes with age. We are inundated with ads for e.d. pills. They just won't let us forget our youth. I have heard that if the prostate cancer gets in your bones it is very painful. Good luck to all those men confronted with the "MALE CURSE".

This book is always available in the PlaneTree Health Information Center @ Cupertino Library. FE 750 B 2010

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