If you’re not familiar with the term Russian Roulette, that is where you take an old Colt 45 revolver, place one bullet in a single chamber, spin the Chambers, hold the pistol against your head and then pull the trigger. You do not know which chamber contains the bullet so that gives you a one in six chance of committing suicide. I guess some people like to live or die dangerously.
So why do I use this term for the subject of this blog. I would like to make the point that when you start conventional invasive treatments, that is like playing Russian roulette., At least in the sense that you really do not know the outcome that you are going to get.
Below, I am reporting on a new recent study/poll that confirms what I have known for a very long time, that men have very unrealistic expectations when they undertake conventional medical treatment for their prostate.
I know it, because I received thousands of e-mails from men with prostate disease every week. Inevitably, some of those e-mails make it very plain that the writer has had treatment and is both surprised and dismayed by his outcome.
As part of the new survey, 152 men who had part or all of their prostate removed for cancer treatment filled out a questionnaire before surgery. They first had counselling to educate them about the risks of the procedure, which include erectile dysfunction and incontinence.
The questions asked about their expectations of urinary, bowel and sexual function a year after the surgery. About half of men expected that they would have the same function after surgery as before, and 17 percent of men anticipated better sexual function after the surgery.
One year later, the researchers followed up with the patients and found that just 36 percent of men’s expectations for urinary function matched the true outcomes, and only 40 percent of the expectations for sexual function matched reality.
Daniela Wittmann, the sexual health coordinator in the urology department at the University of Michigan and a researcher on the study, said doctors are unable to predict how well an individual patient is likely to recover their urinary and sexual functions.
One recent study showed that, one year after surgery, only one out of four men recovered his ability to have intercourse.
The inability to get an erection is one of the more common side effects from prostate cancer surgery. Some men can have a “nerve sparing” procedure, which is supposed to leave the nerves that control erections intact. But thatoften does not work.
The bottom line is that the majority of men who undergo surgery to treat prostate cancer find themselves with greater incontinence problems and less sexual function than they had anticipated, according to this poll.
Dr. Tracey Krupski, an assistant professor of urology at the University of Virginia, and who was not involved in this study, said “Any intervention that you do to a patient, whether it be surgical or radiation, is never going to make the person (function) better than they are at the present time”
How about that for an understatement?
According to the American Cancer Society, one out of every six men in the United States will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point. Every year, tens of thousands of men select surgery for their treatment.
So, is there an alternative to conventional invasive surgical treatments? Yes, there is. One alternative is to use a more natural, holistic and gentle approach. Since all the studies point to the fact that your life expectancy remains the same whether or not you have invasive treatments, there is no downside to a natural approach. It cannot do worse. But it may do better. And the best news is that you have close to zero chance of having any of the downsides associated with invasive treatments.
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I wish you good health,