I don't know anything about
Ralph Blume, but I can absolutely verify that Dr Scholz is an expert on Prostate Cancer. He is an oncologist who was the former partner of Dr Stephen Strum. They both founded the Prostate Cancer Research Institute that is dedicated to the education of doctors and patients on all aspects of prostate cancer. Check out the website; it is full of published papers from the leading experts in PC on every aspect from diagnostic scanning to chemo.
Dr Scholz only treats prostate cancer and has an active patient list of 1300 patients that he is currently treating. He has treated tens of thousands of cases of PC and has seen just about
every kind of PC there is. He also has his own research department directed by Dr Lam doing research in treatments for advanced prostate cancer. Both of them have published many papers on PC.
He is an absolute believer in having the patient educate himself. His office has two walls dedicated to about
100 published papers on PC zeroxed for his patients to take.
If anyone knows how PC works and manifests itself, he does. He diagnosed me in 5 minutes after 5 different doctors from UCI, UCLA, UCSF told me I had BPH for 10 years. One look at my 10 year history and he said you definatly have major Prostate Cancer because nothing else acts like that. It's either a large transition zone tumor that 13 biopsies misssed or it is lympnode matastatis; we just now have to determine which it is. He was right on. He explained all the testing he would do and recommended Color Doppler and Combidex which I had never heard of before and none of my other doctors ever mentioned to me.
64 years old.
PSA rising for 10 years to 40, free psa 10-15. Had 5 urologists, 12 biopsies and MRIS all neg. Doctors DXed BPH and continue to get biopsies yearly. 13th biopsy positive in 10-08, 2 cores of 25, G6 less than 5%. Scheduled for surgery as recommended by Urological Oncologist.
2nd Opinion from Dr Sholtz, a Prostate Oncologist, said DX wrong, pathology shows indolant cancer, but psa history indicates large cancer or metastasis. Futher tests and Color Doppler confirmed large transition zone tumor that 13 biopsies and MRIS missed. G7, 4+3, approx 16mmX18mm.
Combidex MRI in Holland eliminated lymphnode mets. Casodex and Proscar reduced psa to 0.6 and prostate from 60mm to 32mm. Changed diet, no meat and dairy. All staging tests indicate that tumor is local and non agressive. (PAP, PCA3, MRIS, Color Doppler, Combidex, tumor reaction to diet and Casodex, and tumor location in transition zone). Surgery a poor option because tumor is located next to the urethea and positive margin is very likely; permanent incontenance is also high probability with surgery.
Seed implants on 5-19-09, 3 hours door to door, no pain, minor side affects are frequency and urgency; very controlable with Flowmax and lasted 4 weeks. Daily activities resumed day after implants with no restrictions. Gold markers implanted with seeds to guide IMRT.
25 treatments of IMRT 6 weeks after seed implants. No side affects at all.
PSA at end of treatment 0.02 mostly the result of Casodex. When I stop Casodex next week expect PSA to rise. Next PSA in November. Treatments and side affects have greatly exceeded my expectations. Glad to have this 11 year journey finally conclude.