CORAL SPRINGS, Fla., Sept. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A growing chorus of patients and physicians are cautioning men to arm themselves with knowledge before agreeing to more radical surgeries to treat prostate cancer.
One of the loudest voices is that coming from Florida urologist Dr. Bert Vorstman, a nationally recognized prostate cancer specialist with 30 years expertise in prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment.
In an article in a major Florida newspaper, Dr. Vorstman warns patients and challenged colleagues to consider post-operative quality of life issues before agreeing to and performing radical surgeries such as the robotic treatment option.
Books by physicians and coverage by national media such as Men's Health, Fox News and the New York Times confirm that life after prostate surgery is sometimes worse than expected.
"Increasingly, many surgical disciplines have come to grips with the significant complications associated with radical cancer surgery and have modified their approach to cancer excision" said Dr. Vorstman. "For example, surgery for breast cancer has moved away from a radical approach and adopted the lumpectomy or local excision instead of removing the whole organ. This modified approach preserves survival and is associated with significantly less complications and improved quality of life (QoL)."
However, according to Vorstman, since urologists developed the radical surgical procedure as a treatment option for prostate cancer, they have wrestled with how to deal with the very significant downsides and after effects associated with this treatment option.
"The urology hierarchy, however, chose inte
|SOURCE Dr. Bert Vorstman|
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