Navigation Links
Florida Prostate Cancer Specialist Challenges Robotic Surgical System as a Boondoggle for Healthcare
Date:8/5/2014

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla., Aug. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A prominent Florida prostate cancer specialist is leading a groundswell of physicians and prostate cancer patients challenging the efficacy of a popular robotic surgical treatment marketed and promoted into near ubiquitous use in hospitals across the nation.

In an extensive article http://www.urologyweb.com/robotic-prostate-cancer-surgery-a-public-health-nightmare/, Urologist Dr. Bert Vorstman details "Robotic Prostate Cancer Surgery: A Public Health Nightmare", the story behind prostate cancer and the industry that has been built around it.

Dr. Vorstman slammed the over-diagnosis and over-treatment of prostate cancers and called the radical prostatectomies performed by robotic procedures a "boondoggle for healthcare".

"Not only does this robotic prostatectomy lack scientific data to prove its safety and benefit for prostate cancer treatment but the very common so-called Gleason 6 (3+3) prostate "cancer" needs no treatment because on both clinical and molecular biology grounds, it behaves as noncancerous and is not a health risk," said Dr. Vorstman.  "Instead, most men with a prostate cancer label are over-treated for zero benefit, resulting in a trail of broken patients with bad postoperative outcomes including urinary incontinence and impotence.  Because of a lack of sincere regulatory oversight, this robotic procedure has generated many product liability lawsuits."

Dr. Vorstman's comments join with a growing chorus of those decrying the lack of benefits for PSA prostate cancer screening along with the lifelong harms associated with treatment and especially surgery.  Included are the Chief Medical and Scientific Officer of the American Cancer Society, Otis Brawley MD, author of  "How We Do Harm"; Anthony Horan MD, author of "How to Avoid the Over-Diagnosis and Over-Treatment of Prostate Cancer; Richard J. Albin, the discoverer of the PSA test and co-author (with Ron Piana) of "The Great Prostate Hoax"; L. Klotz MD, who underscored that molecular and clinical research showed the Gleason 6 (3+3) "cancer" to lack the hallmarks of cancer; the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), which reported on the absence of benefits for PSA screening for the treatment of screen-detected prostate cancer; and the numerous victims of the brutal radical prostatectomy who suffered the many after-effects but no benefits.

"The Journal of the American Medical Association warned of a 'Gizmo Idolatry' in a 2008 editorial and I'm afraid that's where we stand today with robotic prostate surgery," said Dr. Vorstman, who has long advocated patient rights and full disclosure in treatment procedures. "Again, the approval of robotics for prostate cancer treatment is yet another shining example of junk science and greed influencing "new research" to justify old, ill-conceived treatment philosophies."

"Robotic prostatectomy has been mass marketed, heavily promoted for patient exploitation and now has become a profit center for medical facilities and hospitals at patient expense," said Dr. Vorstman.  "As well, with robotic surgical systems costing close to $2 million, plus a $150,000 per year service contract, this preoccupation with patient exploitation has led physicians and hospitals to create their own supply and demand as well as squander endless sums of precious healthcare dollars on mostly insignificant prostate cancers."

"This intentionally misleading, broad-brush labeling of every prostate cancer as though it were some fast moving, potential killer cancer when only some prostate cancers exhibit this potential, requires urgent correction to stop the many unscrupulous physicians misleading men about their cancer and the debilitating robotic treatment purposefully for self-gain," he added.


'/>"/>
SOURCE Dr. Bert Vorstman
Copyright©2014 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine technology :

1. DNA Diagnostics Center - Forensics Proved Florida Mans Innocence After Being Wrongfully Imprisoned for Nine Years
2. Florida Attorney Gary M. Farmer, Jr. Settles Third Whistleblower Drug Case for $1.27 Billion
3. Biotest Opens New Plasma Center in Melbourne, Florida
4. MinuteClinic Signs Clinical Collaboration with Baptist Health Care for Clinic Locations in Three-County Region of Northwest Florida
5. Senator Shares Insight on Florida Physician Dispensing Legislation as First Guest of Progressive Medicals New SignatureSeries
6. Central Florida Plastic Surgeon and Fat Grafting Pioneer to Present at Berlin Conference
7. Lupus Foundation of Florida Applauds Support for Biosimilars Legislation
8. Joint Implant Surgeons of Florida Deploys RTLS Patient Work-flow Management Solution to Improve Efficiency and Patient Experience
9. New Florida Peptides Site offering CJC-1295, GHRP-6, Sermorelin and more!
10. Only Podiatric Surgeon In S. Florida That Performs In-Office Ultrasound Imaging On Foot & Ankle Problems Saving Patients Over $1,000 In MRI Expenses & Extra Trip To Hospital
11. Now Available in South Florida: CentraSight Treatment Program Offers New Hope for Patients with End-Stage Macular Degeneration
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:1/20/2017)... Research and Markets has announced the addition of ... BUN Creatinine, Electrolyte Testing, HbA1c Testing, Comprehensive Metabolic Panel, Liver Panel, ... 2024" report to their offering. ... The global clinical laboratory testing market is ... of innovative solutions on the grounds of maximum efficiency and minimum ...
(Date:1/20/2017)... BUFFALO, N.Y. , Jan. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ ... health programs, has announced the launch of an ... to new guidelines on opioids and helps stem ... Opioids are often prescribed to treat chronic non-cancer ... disease) despite serious risks and lack of evidence ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... NEW YORK , Jan. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ ... reach USD 233.7 billion by 2025, according to ... The market is anticipated to be predominantly driven ... companies, resulting into the large-scale production of new ... widen the influx of drugs at an unprecedented ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
(Date:1/21/2017)... , ... January 21, 2017 , ... Seamild, the largest ... the futuristic vision of its owner and founder. As Oat is recognized globally as ... everybody he knows personally as he believes it is a move to sow the ...
(Date:1/21/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... January 21, 2017 , ... ... of Alumni Relations, Dianne Travis-Teague, the electrifying line-up of events for its annual ... alumni, family, friends, and community. “Coming Home 2017” will be held on ...
(Date:1/21/2017)... ... January 21, 2017 , ... Santa Rosa Orthopaedics (SRO) ... located at 167 Lynch Creek Way. The Petaluma office features three comfortable patient ... and rehabilitation services and on-site x-ray services. Two multi-specialist orthopaedic surgeons Dr. ...
(Date:1/21/2017)... ... 2017 , ... The Nobel Biocare™ dental implant company is ... its creos™ line of bone regenerative products. Specifically, the Nobel Biocare™ ... creos™ allo.gain™ bone graft for a variety of bone reconstruction procedures. In addition ...
(Date:1/20/2017)... ... January 20, 2017 , ... A new partnership between ... they no longer use or need, from clothes to couches to dressers and bicycles. ... and take them to the nearest Goodwill donation center through February 28th. , ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):