Top US Prostate Cancer Specialist Challenges Use of Surgical Options by Doctors

May 18, 2012 by  
Filed under Prostate Cancer News

This may seem to be an irony but it is true. Dr. Bert Vorstman, a renowned Florida Urologist has challenged the application of surgical options – radical prostatectomy and robotic prostatectomy, on men when treating their localized prostate cancer. He is of the opinion that most surgeons and doctors should carry out long term studies that would reliably and objectively provide them with the best treatment for cancer of the prostate.

Details of this challenge could be an issue to be discussed in the forth coming 107th Annual AUA Meeting to be held in Atlanta on 18th May, 2012. Further details on this challenge can be read below:

As the world’s top urologists begin the 107th Annual AUA Meeting in Atlanta this Friday, one of the nation’s top prostate cancer specialists is challenging his colleagues to initiate long term studies to scientifically, objectively and reliably inform patients as to when and how to treat localized prostate cancer.

“Many uninformed, vulnerable men with a diagnosis of prostate cancer are purposely steered towards conventional surgery or robotic prostatectomy, neither of which have proven to result in any significant long curative benefits, however, both have a history of long-term post operative quality of life problems,” challenged Dr. Bert Vorstman, a Florida urologist with nearly 30 years experience in prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment.

In a recent assessment, http://www.urologyweb.com/urology/mens-health/prostate-cancer/why-radical-surgery-a-robotic-prostatectomy-is-not-for-you.html , Dr. Vorstman decries the “ignorant and arrogant academic bullying for deliberate and continued promotion of radical prostate surgery/robotics as the preferred treatment” and the accepted use of “inadequate and incomplete clinical information used to counsel and treat a patient with prostate cancer today.”

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Vorstman’s critical review describes a laundry list of significant complications resulting from radical surgery, including untreated cancer left behind, total impotence or erectile dysfunction, urinary incontinence or ejaculation of urine, bladder neck scarring or contracture and shortened penis to name a few.

“The promotion of these procedures as “The Gold Standard” and “FDA Approved” to serve the financial interests of an industry is simply shameful in the absence of long-term scientific clinical trials,” Dr. Vorstman said.

Over the last few years, according to Dr. Vorstman, sophisticated advancements in several minimally invasive prostate cancer treatments such as cryoablation, radiation/proton, hifu and others offer patients options to the heavy-handed surgical approach to prostate removal.

“Only after some very important, long-term scientific studies have been undertaken and completed will physicians have the pivotal information to make men truly informed and stop this ongoing human experimentation with robotic cancer treatment,” said Vorstman. Source.

The issues raised by Dr.Vorstman should not be ignored because in spite of the fact that many men with prostate cancer have richly benefited from the benefits of surgical options, other options could have been applied to save the prostate and prevent some their side effects.

In addition, just as mentioned above, some surgeons or doctors apply the terms “FDA Approved” and “Gold Standard” to achieve their financial interest. This renowned surgeon is not advocating for the elimination of surgical options, but he seeking for better treatment for those with cancer of the prostate. Let’s hope this would be an issue to be discussed at the AUA meeting on Friday.

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