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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'/>"/>

SOURCE Dr. Bert Vorstman
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