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Invasion of the Prostate Snatchers

Revised and Updated Edition: An Essential Guide to Managing Prostate Cancer for Patients and Their Families

Mark Scholz, Ralph H. Blum


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This revised and updated edition of the indispensable text discusses the latest developments in prostate cancer treatment and addresses the hurdles today’s patients face.

Every year almost a quarter of a million confused and frightened American men are tossed into a prostate cancer cauldron stirred by salespeople representing a multibillion-dollar industry. In this flourishing business, the radical prostatectomy is still the most widely recommended treatment option. Yet a recent and definitive study in the New England Journal of Medicine concluded that out of the fifty thousand prostate operations performed annually, more than forty thousand are unjustified. But this is no surprise given that 99 percent of all doctors treating this disease are surgeons or radiation therapists. The appalling fact is that men are still being rushed into a major operation that rarely prolongs life and more than half the time leaves them impotent.

Invasion of the Prostate Snatchers 
is a report on the latest thinking in prostate cancer therapy: close monitoring–active surveillance rather than surgery or radiation–should be the initial treatment approach for many men. There are three stages of prostate cancer and this book will provide accurate information about how to distinguish between them: Low-Risk, which requires no immediate treatment; Intermediate-Risk, which will benefit from surgery, radiation, and/or hormonal therapy; and High-Risk, a type that does require immediate treatment with a combination of therapies. In a unique collaboration, doctor and patient provide a wholly new perspective on managing this disease. Ralph Blum’s account of his personal struggle, together with Dr. Mark Scholz’s presentation of new scientific advances, provides convincing evidence that this noninvasive approach can be crucial in preventing tens of thousands of men from being overtreated every year. Invasion of the Prostate Snatchers serves as an indispensable map through the medical minefield of prostate cancer.

Praise For Invasion of the Prostate Snatchers: Revised and Updated Edition: An Essential Guide to Managing Prostate Cancer for Patients and Their Families

“A provocative and frank look at the bewildering world of prostate cancer, from the current state of the multibillion-dollar industry to the range of available treatments…Prostate cancer is a dark and mysterious country, and Mr. Blum and Dr. Scholz are good, levelheaded guides through these thickets. And in telling men to slow up and take a deep breath after they learn they have prostate cancer, they provide an invaluable service.” —New York Times 
“There are at least half a million reasons—the number of prostate cancer diagnoses in the U.S. and Europe—to read this engaging diary/resource written from the alternating perspectives of doctor and patient…Here’s good advice based on the brave experiences of two compatible souls and medical mavericks.” —Publishers Weekly  
“An indispensable guide for newly diagnosed and aging males, and their loved ones.” —Booklist 

“Prostate cancer, when it is the ‘favorable risk’ variety—about 90% of the time—presents a perfect opportunity to use mainstream and alternative medicine together. In their excellent book, authors Scholz and Blum give a compelling demonstration of this integrative approach to healing.” —Andrew Weil, MD, New York Times bestselling author 
Invasion of the Prostate Snatchers is a masterpiece of eye-opening science that promises to enhance the lives of thousands of men diagnosed with prostate cancer every year. I give it my highest recommendation.” —Christiane Northrup, M.D., ob/gyn physician and author of the New York Times bestsellers: Womens Bodies, Women’s Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause 
“Some might consider it a mistake to respond with humor when you are faced with cancer. I say it takes courage, and is a sorely needed remedy—especially when the humor is combined with good sense and state-of-the-art information. As a clinical psychologist who specializes in men’s health issues, I say, ‘Bravo, Scholz and Blum!’” —Aaron Kipnis, PhD, author of Knights Without Armor and What Women and Men Really Want

Other Press, 9781635421866, 304pp.

Publication Date: August 24, 2021

About the Author

Mark Scholz, a double board-certified medical oncologist, serves as medical director of Prostate Oncology Specialists Inc. in Marina del Rey, CA, a medical practice exclusively focused on prostate cancer.

Ralph H. Blum was a cultural anthropologist and author who graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard University with a degree in Russian Studies. His reporting from the Soviet Union, the first of its kind for The New Yorker (1961—1965), included two three-part series on Russian cultural life. Blum published three novels and five nonfiction books on the oracular tradition, beginning with The Book of Runes. He survived for more than twenty years, without radical intervention, after being diagnosed with prostate cancer.