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Invasion of the Prostate Snatchers: No More Unnecessary Biopsies, Radical Treatment or Loss of Sexual Potency

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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 co ...more
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Published August 24th 2010 by Other Press (first published January 1st 2010)
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Laura
Sep 15, 2011 Laura rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Men in their early 50's and beyond, Men Diagnosed with Prostate Cancer
I think this book gives a good perspective and offers a lot of insight into not rushing into surgeries and radiation without careful consideration. It defiinitely gives another perspective in how to deal with prostate cancer than the normal procedures. I was able to draw out many questions to ask my father's doctor as well as see other avenues we should go down to assess his overall health prior to making treatment decisions. This is a good book that is opposite to most materials out there that ...more
Monty
Jan 17, 2011 Monty rated it it was amazing
This is an important book for all men (especially those over 50) and women who care about men. It covers prostate cancer and treatment options, so this book is a must for any man who is told that his PSA count is too high or that he has prostate cancer. A central theme emphasized by the co-authors (one is a prostate oncologist and the other is a man who has prostate cancer) is that, unless you are among the small percentage of men who have fast growing prostate cancer, you can take your time to ...more
Steve
Dec 02, 2010 Steve rated it it was amazing
This book is a MUST-READ for any man over 50. It's about empowering mature men to take control of their male health and become knowledgeable about treatment options and unintended consequences when facing the complicated issues surrounding prostate cancer treatment. It is [2010] state-of-the-art information about prostate cancer and how it behaves. Too many men are butchered by the aggressive (and often unnecessary), removal surgery when careful "watchful-waiting" (aka: active surveillance) ...more
Jrohde
May 26, 2011 Jrohde rated it it was amazing
Shelves: public-health
I read this after my brother had an elevated PSA and got some alarming statements from docs. As I already suspected, this test is very variable alone and the variability of prostate disease quite remarkable, and usually pretty benign. It is well written, though I must say, the doctor was more impressive than the patient Mark, who seemed to shop around at every possible therapy - no wonder Medicare is broke!

Useful, rather essential read for men with an elevated PSA>
Karen Shaver
Jan 11, 2011 Karen Shaver rated it really liked it
worth reading if it's something you need; there are actually funny parts!
Tom & Beverly
Anyone with PSA rising or high PSA can benefit from reading this book. Things are changing fast so keep looking at new info too. Some fascinating / practical information in the book and I enjoyed the style too
P.J. Sullivan
Interesting book! Asserts that there are three kinds of prostate cancer: low, intermediate, and high risk. That low-risk cancers are common and should not be treated at all because they are “harmless.” They should be watched, but not treated with toxic drugs or irreversible procedures. One of the two authors has lived with his own prostate cancer for two decades. He describes in detail what those two decades were like.

This book emphasizes quality of life, freedom from the collateral damage caus
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Jonah
Jun 13, 2013 Jonah rated it liked it
Overall I liked this book. I'm really glad that I've read it, and I wish I read it before my dad's prostatectomy.
But I think some of the science in this book is bad. Like about the insulin levels. It is false that type 2 diabetics have lower insulin levels than nondiabetics. And it is false that lower insulin levels and lower glucose levels always go together (especially in the elderly). And it is also false that the only kinds of diets that lower them are macrobiotic (seriously, macrobiotic?).
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Ignatius Brady
Dec 10, 2015 Ignatius Brady rated it really liked it
A patient and doctor team up to get you to think more intelligently about this common cancer.
Part of what is helping men to see that monitoring can work, radiation and meds can work and "cut it out" might not always be best.
Doug Luberts
Jun 05, 2013 Doug Luberts rated it it was amazing
An extremely important book for all men over 35. Don't get caught in the medical machine...Know the story, and the options before you encounter this disease.
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Sue Klasing
Jun 30, 2016 Sue Klasing rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: prostate-cancer
Good if not scary reference.
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“If you are over seventy, and you don’t have prostate cancer, chances are you’re a woman.” 0 likes
“Out of 50,000 radical prostatectomies performed every year in the United States alone, more than 40,000 are unnecessary.” 0 likes
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