Invasion of the Prostate Snatchers: An Essential Guide to Managing Prostate Cancer for Patients and their Families

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Radical prostatectomy is still the most widely recommended treatment for prostate cancer. Yet, according to a recent study, only one out of every forty-eight men who undergo this debilitating procedure survives longer than those who forgo surgery. Invasion of the Prostate Snatchers reports the latest thinking on prostate cancer management in clear, easy-to-understand prose. In a unique collaboration, a patient and his doctor provide a new perspective on living with this disease. Ralph Blum’s surprisingly ...
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Overview

Radical prostatectomy is still the most widely recommended treatment for prostate cancer. Yet, according to a recent study, only one out of every forty-eight men who undergo this debilitating procedure survives longer than those who forgo surgery. Invasion of the Prostate Snatchers reports the latest thinking on prostate cancer management in clear, easy-to-understand prose. In a unique collaboration, a patient and his doctor provide a new perspective on living with 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 evidence, will liberate thousands of newly diagnosed men to pursue a noninvasive approach and thereby preserve normal sexual and urinary function.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590515150
  • Publisher: Other Press, LLC
  • Publication date: 8/30/2011
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 597,617
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Ralph Blum, a cultural anthropologist and author, has written for various magazines including The New Yorker, Reader’s Digest, Cosmopolitan, and Vogue. Blum has published three novels and five nonfiction books on the oracular tradition, beginning with The Book of Runes. He has been living with prostate cancer, without radical intervention, for more than twenty years.
 
Mark Scholz, MD, has been treating men with prostate cancer exclusively since 1995. He is board certified in medical oncology and internal medicine and is the medical director of Prostate Oncology Specialists, Inc. He is also the executive director of the Prostate Cancer Research Institute

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Table of Contents

Prologue 1

Introduction 3

1 Welcome to Prostate Country 5

2 All the Decision Markers 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 Biospy: 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 and 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

Notes 235

Acronyms 249

Glossary 251

Annotated Bibliography 259

Finding an Expert Physician 267

Web Sites 269

Other Publication by Scholz and Blum 273

Acknowledgment 275

Index 279

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  • Posted December 8, 2011

    If you have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, READ THIS BOOK!!

    Invasion of the Prostate Snatchers is a life changing (perhaps life saving) book for anyone diagnosed with prostate cancer. Most other books that I have read on the subject advocate aggressive treatment for even the lowest risk forms of this cancer. As a result, many men opt for treatment that leaves them seriously debilitated. Many of these men (perhaps most) would have lived full lives with the cancer.

    Don't be surprised if your urologist gently guides you toward surgery. This book provides you with another point of view. The prostate cancer patient is forced to make difficult decisions that are often irreversible. Don't pass up the opportunity to consider what these authors have to say.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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