Glad you asked. We were diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2014. The head of urology at a large teaching hospital spent 30 minutes talking to us about why we should remove the prostate. After taking a deep breath and starting to research and talk to others, we learned that our diagnosis is considered low risk and slow growing. Surgery for us would have been very aggressive, gross overtreatment.
We then joined a few online support groups to talk to others. It was astounding to learn how so many others were having surgery out of doctor-instilled fear. We also learned from these groups that we were in the minority in a big way. Not having surgery was frowned upon in these circles. So what did we do? We started our own non-surgical support group where we educate people based on evidence and facts, not fear.
Since the support group is limited to an online forum, we wanted to take our message to a broader audience and this website was born. We hope that you find the information useful and more importantly, that you become a strong advocate for your life and defend your body.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, you will find that most, not all, urologists will push surgery. So much so that they will tell you it will save your life. Sprinkle a little fear into the conversation and before long you will find yourself waking up in a recovery room and being without a very critical gland. Your urologist is long gone, onto the next procedure and there is a high probability that you will be left dealing with the after effects such as ED, incontinence, penis shortening, to name a few. These side effects negatively impact self-esteem, jobs, destroy relationships and more.
At one time, prostate removal was not done on aggressive diagnoses due to the risk of seeding (spreading) from surgery. We are now seeing a new protocol, a trend if you will, of prostates being removed on aggressive diagnoses. This has resulted in urologists recommending radiation after surgery just to be sure "they got it all".
It is our hope that in the years to come urologists and urological associations will look back and be ashamed of themselves for pushing this barbaric procedure that has left countless numbers of men with permanent, life-altering side effects. Please spend the time and invest in research before making a fear-based decision to remove the prostate. The one thing we know for sure: urologists know no boundaries or ethics when it comes to the prostate payday.