Invasion of the Prostate Snatchers

An Essential Guide to Managing Prostate Cancer for Patients and Their Families

Publication Date: Aug 24, 2010

320 pp

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ISBN: 978-1-59051-515-0


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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 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.

Excerpt from Invasion of the Prostate Snatchers

Assume you just learned that you have prostate cancer. As an uninformed layperson you reckon your demise is imminent. All of a sudden you are on death row. Your spouse and family feel this too. Your wife and children wonder about losing their provider. Your friends will look at you differently. So will your insurance company. Now factor in your own shock and horror, the unbalancing and disorienting realization that you have cancer. You have just received the worst news of your life; only moments before you were a normal healthy person. Now you’re wondering about splurging on a last set of golf clubs or planning a final get-together for the family in the Bahamas. Feelings of profound grief
and terror flood in. Rational thought is gone, emotion takes over.

Under these pressured circumstances the urologist smoothly assumes leadership. He seizes the wheel and you become the passenger. Disoriented, you have no idea, no idea at all, of what you have just done. You have become one more dutiful lamb being herded into the pen. You’ve already had one intimate experience with this stranger. You have already trusted him by allowing him to poke needles into what one woman called “the true heart of the male.” What is there to deter you now from trusting him to recommend treatment based on his findings? Why wouldn’t you trust him now to prescribe his treatment of choice? It simply doesn’t occur to you to think otherwise. The hook has been set. What usually happens is that you uncritically proceed to make an appointment for surgery.

“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. I wish I had had this book back in 2008.”—Dana Jennings, The New York Times

“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, Director, University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, and author of six New York Times best sellers, including Spontaneous Healing and Natural Health, Natural Medicine                      

Invasion of the Prostate Snatchers is a must read for anyone who wants to get a glimpse of what the practice of future medicine needs to be. Dr. Scholz cares not only about the scientific and clinical evidence but also, very deeply and very personally, about his many patients. We need professionals like Scholz if ever we are to move forward in our current health care programs.” —T. Colin Campbell, PhD, Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry, Cornell University, and co-author of The China Study

“Ralph Blum’s twenty-year prostate cancer journey shows men how to consider all alternatives in a thoughtful way. Dr. Mark Scholz’s unique medical perspective provides the reassuring scientific support of a prostate oncologist. This book is essential reading for any man newly diagnosed with prostate cancer.” —Dean Ornish, MD

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

“In an informative and entertaining manner, the authors present a uniquely two-sided perspective on prostate cancer. An excellent book for the newly diagnosed.” —Tanya Dorff, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, USC Keck School of Medicine Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

“If Scholz and Blum do nothing more than change the way so many men think about their prostate cancer from ‘a deadly disease’ to a ‘Low Risk Condition,’ they will have served us well.” —Larry Raithaus, MD, Urologist

“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

“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…. Good advice based on the brave experiences of two compatible souls and medical mavericks.”—Publishers Weekly