Invasion of the Prostate Snatchers: Revised and Updated Edition: An Essential Guide to Managing Prostate Cancer for Patients and Their Families (Paperback)
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An indispensable map through the medical minefield of prostate cancer, revised and updated with the latest developments in treatment options.
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. Patients are too often rushed into a radical prostatectomy, a major operation that rarely prolongs life and more than half the time leaves them impotent. Invasion of the Prostate Snatchers argues that close monitoring—active surveillance rather than surgery or radiation—should be the initial treatment approach for many men at the low- and intermediate-risk stages.
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 new scientific advances, offers convincing evidence that this noninvasive approach can be crucial in preventing tens of thousands of men from being overtreated each year. This revised and updated second edition:
-Highlights the latest prostate cancer treatment options that preserve erectile and urinary function while prolonging lifespan
-Establishes updated protocol for how to accurately interpret high prostate-specific antigen (PSA) while avoiding the invasive, dangerous random biopsy
-Recounts true patient stories that accurately represent the hurdles today’s patients face while navigating a prostate cancer diagnosis
-Introduces the latest evidence in the radiation vs. radical prostatectomy debate
-Presents the latest thinking on diet and exercise for men with prostate cancer
About the Author
Mark Scholz, a double board-certified medical oncologist, serves as medical director of Prostate Oncology Specialists Inc. in Marina del Rey, CA, a medical practice exclusively focused on prostate cancer.
Ralph H. Blum was a cultural anthropologist and author who published three novels and five nonfiction books on the oracular tradition, beginning with The Book of Runes. He survived for more than twenty years, without radical intervention, after being diagnosed with 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.” —New York Times
“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
“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, New York Times bestselling author
“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
“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