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"There are at Least Half a Million Reasons-the number of prostate cancer diagnoses in the U.S. and Europe-To Read this Engaging Diary/Resource written from the alternating perspectives of doctor and patient ... Here's good advice based on the brave experiences of two compatible souls and medical mavericks."---Publishers weekly" "Prostate cancer, when it is the 'favorable risk' variety-about 90% of the time-presents a perfect opportunity to use mainstream and alternative medicine together. In their Excellent Book, Authors Scholz and Blum Give a
"There are at Least Half a Million Reasons-the number of prostate cancer diagnoses in the U.S. and Europe-To Read this Engaging Diary/Resource written from the alternating perspectives of doctor and patient ... Here's good advice based on the brave experiences of two compatible souls and medical mavericks."---Publishers weekly" "Prostate cancer, when it is the 'favorable risk' variety-about 90% of the time-presents a perfect opportunity to use mainstream and alternative medicine together. In their Excellent Book, Authors Scholz and Blum Give a Compelling Demonstration of this Integrative Approach to Healing."-Andrew Weil, M.D. Director University of Arizona center for Integrative Medicine and Author of six New York Times Best Sellers Including Spontaneous Healing and Natural Health. Natural Medicine" "Invasion of the Prostate Snatchers is a Masterpieces of Eye-opening Science that promises to enhance the lives of thousands of men diagnosed with prostate cancer every year. I Give it my Highest Recommendation."---Christiane Northrup, MD, oe/Gyn Physician and Author of the new York Times Best Sellers Women's bodies, Women's Wisoom and the Wisdom of Menopause" "Ralph Blum's twenty-year prostate cancer journey shows men how to consider all alternatives in a thoughtful way. Dr. Mark Scholz's unique medical perspective provides the reassruring scientific support of a prostate oncologist. This Book is Essential Reading for any Man Newly Diagnosed with Prostate Cancer." ---Dean Ornish, MD. President Preventive Medicine Research Institute: Clinical Professor of Medicine University of California. San Francisco and Author of the Spectrum" "In an Informative and Entertaining manner, the authors present a uniquely two-sided perspective on prostate cancer. An Excellent Book for the Newly Diagnosed."---Tanya Dorff, Md, Assistant Professor of Medicine Use Regr School of Medicine Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center" "Invasion of the Prostate Snatchers is a Must Read for anyone who wants to get a glimpse of what the practice of future medicine needs to be."---T. Colin Campbell, PhD., Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry, Cornell University, And Coauthor of the China Study" "If Scholz and Blum do nothing more than change the way so many men think about their prostate cancer from 'a deadly disease' to a 'Low-Risk condition,' they will have served us well."---Larry Raithaus, MD. Urologist, Wilcox Memorial Hospital Kaual Rawall" "Every Year Almost Two Hundred Thousand Confused and Frightened American Men are Tossed into a Prostate Cancer Cauldron Stirred by a sales force lobbying for a multibillion-dollar industry. In this flourishing business, the radical prostatectomy is still the most widely recommended treatment option. Yet according to a recent study, only one out of every forty-eight men undergoing radical treatment benefits with longer survival." "Invasion of the Prostate Snatchers Reports the Latest Thinking in Prostate Cancer Management: Low-Risk disease can be safely monitored with "active surveillance" and does not require immediate radical treatment. Intermediate-Risk disease requires either hormone therapy, radiation or surgery, with treatment selection based on quality-of-life considerations. And High-Risk prostate cancer is now being successfully treated with a combination of two or three therapies." "In a Unique Collaboration, Doctor and Patient Provide a New Perspective on Managing This Disease. Ralph Blum's surprisingly entertaining twenty-year journey and eventual decision to treat his cancer as a "chronic condition," together with Dr. Mark Scholz's presentation of the newest scientific advances, will liberate thousands of newly diagnosed men to pursue a noninvasive approach and thereby preserve normal sexual and urinary fuction." Invasion of the Prostate Snatchers serves as a trustworthy and valuable guide for safely navigating the dangerous medical minefield of prostate cancer.
“A provocative and frank look at the bewildering world of prostate cancer, from the current state of the multibillion-dollar industry to the range of available treatments…prostate cancer is a dark and mysterious country, and Mr. Blum and Dr. Scholz are good, levelheaded guides through these thickets. And in telling men to slow up and take a deep breath after they learn they have prostate cancer, they provide an invaluable service. I wish I had had this book back in 2008.”—Dana Jennings, The New York Times
“An indispensable guide for newly diagnosed and aging males, and their loved ones.”—Booklist
“Prostate cancer, when it is the ‘favorable risk’ variety—about 90% of the time—presents a perfect opportunity to use mainstream and alternative medicine together. In their excellent book, authors Scholz and Blum give a compelling demonstration of this integrative approach to healing.”—Andrew Weil, MD, Director, University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, and author of six New York Times best sellers, including Spontaneous Healing and Natural Health, Natural Medicine
"Invasion of the Prostate Snatchers is a must read for anyone who wants to get a glimpse of what the practice of future medicine needs to be. Dr. Scholz cares not only about the scientific and clinical evidence but also, very deeply and very personally, about his many patients. We need professionals like Scholz if ever we are to move forward in our current health care programs." —T. Colin Campbell, PhD, Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry, Cornell University, and co-author of The China Study
“Ralph Blum’s twenty-year prostate cancer journey shows men how to consider all alternatives in a thoughtful way. Dr. Mark Scholz’s unique medical perspective provides the reassuring scientific support of a prostate oncologist. This book is essential reading for any man newly diagnosed with prostate cancer.” —Dean Ornish, MD
“Invasion of the Prostate Snatchers is a masterpiece of eye-opening science that promises to enhance the lives of thousands of men diagnosed with prostate cancer every year. I give it my highest recommendation." —Christiane Northrup, M.D., ob/gyn physician and author of the New York Times bestsellers: Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause
“In an informative and entertaining manner, the authors present a uniquely two-sided perspective on prostate cancer. An excellent book for the newly diagnosed.” —Tanya Dorff, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, USC Keck School of Medicine Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
“If Scholz and Blum do nothing more than change the way so many men think about their prostate cancer from ‘a deadly disease’ to a ‘Low Risk Condition,’ they will have served us well.” —Larry Raithaus, MD, Urologist
“Some might consider it a mistake to respond with humor when you are faced with cancer. I say it takes courage, and is a sorely needed remedy—especially when the humor is combined with good sense and state-of-the-art information. As a clinical psychologist who specializes in men's health issues, I say, Bravo, Scholz and Blum!”—Aaron Kipnis, PhD, Author of Knights Without Armor and What Women and Men Really Want
“There are at least half a million reasons—the number of prostate cancer diagnoses in the U.S. and Europe—to read this engaging diary/resource written from the alternating perspectives of doctor and patient.... Good advice based on the brave experiences of two compatible souls and medical mavericks.”—Publishers Weekly
1 Welcome to Prostate Country 5
2 All the Decision Makers are Surgeons! 15
3 The Quest for an Enchanted Shotgun 24
4 Commuting the Death Sentence 38
5 A Band of Brothers 48
6 Introducing Active Surveillance 60
7 Life in the Libido-Free Zone 70
8 To Biopsy or Not to Biopsy: Opening Pandora's Box 79
9 The Return of the Prodigal Hard-On 87
10 TIP: Testosterone Inactivating Pharmaceuticals 95
11 Invitation to the "Ice Ball" 103
12 A New Look at Radiation 111
13 Nikola Tesla's Magical Mystery Machine 120
14 Quality Imaging: A Doorway to Less Toxic Treatment 128
15 Now Playing for a Limited Time Only: The Combidex Follies 136
16 Deciding on Your Treatment 145
17 Anatomy of an Assisted Suicide 156
18 The Insulin Connection 169
19 Hexing: The Modern Sorcerer's Curse 177
20 Diet and Supplements: An Overview 187
21 Romancing the Immune System 196
22 How Prostate Cancer Can make You Live Longer: Getting to the Doctor's Office 208
23 By Way of Summing Up 217
24 Genuine Hope for Men with Relapsed Disease 222
Appendix: Avodart and Proscar 231
Annotated Bibliography 259
Prostate Oncologists: A Preliminary List 267
Web Sites 271
Other Publications by Scholz and Blum 275
Posted September 21, 2010
This book excels in helping men decide about prostate cancer (PCa) treatment. Co-written by an excellent medical oncologist specializing in PCa (MOSPC), it contains authoritative information, e.g.:
There are three basic categories of PCa--Low-, Intermediate-, and High-Risk.
High-Risk, also known as "aggressive," should be treated aggressively whereas Low-Risk often can be safely managed with no treatment.
A doctor refers a man to a urologist because of an abnormal PSA test and/or digital rectal examination (DRE): The urologist biopsies the man's prostate and finds PCa. Typically, the man views PCa as a death sentence, panics, and feels pressured to get rid of it immediately. He avoids delaying for second opinions and agrees quickly to have the urologist cut out his prostate (radical prostatectomy or RP)--an aggressive treatment.
Of the 50,000 RPs done in the USA every year, more than 40,000 were not necessary. That is, the vast majority of PCa patients would have lived as long without having their prostates removed.
RP is no longer the most effective treatment for PCa. Radiation therapy (RT), another aggressive treatment, has evolved into being at least as effective.
Another type of PCa doctor is a medical oncologist, who is trained to treat all cancers. Their training in PCa treatment focuses only on advanced disease. Early-stage disease is left for urologists.
Medical oncologists treat some PCa patients with testosterone inactivating pharmaceuticals (TIP, also known as "hormone blockade" or "androgen deprivation therapy"). TIP has its side effects but, unlike RP, RT, or cryotherapy, the side effects are often reversible when the doctor stops the TIP.
Only a minority of urologists are as skilled as MOSPCs in providing TIP.
Of the more than 10,000 medical oncologists in the USA only less than 100 are MOSPCs.
MOSPCs often do more comprehensive evaluations than some urologists. In addition to PSAs, DREs, PSA velocity calculations, and PSA density calculations, they may use spectrographic endorectal MRI (S-MRI) scans, color doppler ultrasound scans, and PCA-3 tests to assess the risk-level. The tests also help monitor PCa (called "active surveillance" or AS).
The evaluation also helps determine whether an immediate initial biopsy is needed. If the patient has had a biopsy, the evaluation may reduce the number of repeat biopsies needed for AS.
Chapters by Blum, a patient of his co-author, illustrate the benefits received by a patient who learns about PCa, finds the right doctor, and avoids blindly following doctors' advice. Blum's story of his 20-year PCa journey is likely to empower more patients to take charge of theirs.
Blum went overseas to Holland for a Combidex MRI because it was only available there. My guess is that less than 10 percent of PCa patients are able to take the time off and/or pay for out-of-state/country trips for expert help. The book does not acknowledge this obstacle.
Snatchers adds greatly to the meager literature on how MOSPCs help patients decide on a treatment and care for Low-Risk patients.
The list of MOSPCs might help patients find the right doctor.
My qualifications: participating in PCa online forums; leading PCa support group discussions; seeing the MOSPC co-author of Snatchers every three months for nine years; undergoing biopsies, S-MRIs, Color Dopplers; avoiding aggressive treatment; writing my PCa s
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Posted February 25, 2011
Buy this book! I rank it five stars plus-the new GOLD STANDARD for a book on prostate cancer. It will now be the one book I advise all men to read first. I am not surprised at its high quality since I have followed the career and writings of Dr. Mark Scholz over the Internet for years. He is a spectacular doctor. I do not personally know Ralph Blum, but I feel like I know him now, because he is such an excellent and personable writer. Blum does something that is extremely valuable: he spills his intimate secrets about sex and other prostate cancer related indignities, which is exactly what men need to know. He also takes the reader on a fascinating journey through acupuncture, herbal medicine, alternative medicine, complimentary medicine, new age, and mind-body theories.
Invasion of the Prostate Snatchers creates an important new paradigm in medical writing for the general public: Dr. Scholz provides the science and the new treatment advances, while Ralph Blum roams, speculates and elaborates on everything prostate cancer related. The resulting personal-and-scientific dance is more successful than I have ever seen in a book before. When you partner a great doctor with a great patient you get a really great book; you get INVASION OF THE PROSTATE SNATCHERS. - Bradley Hennenfent, M.D., physician & economist, Author of Surviving Prostate Cancer Without Surgery, (Roseville Books, 2005).
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Posted September 5, 2012
A balanced viewpoint from patient and non- surgeon MD regarding issues confronting prostate cancer patients. Most such books are by either surgeons, radiation oncologists, or others with particular treatment biases.
Alternates between patient talking and doctor talking. Patient viewpoint should be taken with a grain of salt. His approach could be fatal-he seems to have been lucky.
Extensive appendix, glossary and and bibliography in back. Tables are hard to read in Nook version.
Should be on your reading list if prostate problems are on your plate.
Posted November 21, 2011
This book gives a full view of ALL the options available to a newly diagnosed prostate cancer patient. Not all prostate cancers are the same and should not be treated the same.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 22, 2011
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