Prostate Cancer Treatments — Facts and Lies

  Although “treatments” in alternative and complementary medicine lack proof of benefit, some common healthcare practices also lack scientific evidence for benefit despite being covered by health insurance, marketed as FDA “approved” and/or as “standard of care”. In fact, there is no greater medical arena of orchestrated deception than that concerning prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment. Are all Prostate Cancers Deadly? No. Not all...Read More

Epidemic of overtreatment of prostate cancer must stop

  Prostate cancer is a significant disease in the U.S. In 2014 alone, the American Cancer Society estimates, 233,000 men will be diagnosed and 29,480 will die of it. This week, two important studies showing how prostate cancer is treated in the U.S. were published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. The findings should cause those of us who treat...Read More

Radiation Used in Too Many Men With Indolent Prostate Cancer

  Men with low-risk prostate cancer — regardless of clinical characteristics or tumor biology — are being overtreated, often with radiation therapy, a population-based assessment has shown. The study was published online February 19 in JAMA Oncology. "The study was not so much about how prostate cancer is treated here in the United States, but what's driving the decision-making process," said Karim Chamie, MD, from the David...Read More

Is The End of Overtreatment Really In Sight?

  According to a new German study, efforts to avoid the acknowledged problems of overdiagnosis and overtreatment of insignificant prostate cancer is leading to different treatment patterns.[i] The authors note, “Many centers have reported dramatic changes, with increases in active surveillance (AS) of early cancers and local treatment of advanced disease.” In other words, more patients with low-risk, early stage PCa are being...Read More

Trust Me, I’m a Doctor

  Despite the Hippocratic Oath and Maimonides Prayer for the Physician offering guidance for physician conduct, patient trust in their doctors continues to erode. Unfortunately, the processes of medical counseling, informed consent and shared decision-making have been poisoned by unchecked financial conflicts-of-interest. From physicians getting paid to treat (the more they treat, the more they get paid – a prescription...Read More