There is no doubt that "Invasion of the Prostate Snatchers" has a lot of controversy in it. While some of the important points of the book are indeed valid, several points from the primary author, Ralph Blum, get painted with bias and many times with contempt towards what the author does not subscribe to. I believe that the book is very divisive in the prostate cancer community as well. I believe Mark Scholz is an accomplished oncologist who probably should have thought better of lending his name to the book cover. I am still surprised at some of the statements he makes in it. But he is the head of PCRI and this book is popular with those members. And if you attend a PCRI annual meeting in Los Angeles, you will easily see why that is. There is a value to reading it, although to me it is to show that the whole part of treating prostate cancer will have controversy at every level. I personally do not recommend the book without pointing out the bias and controversy that comes with it. The funny part to me is the title ~ you probably won't have to read the book to know what side of opinion will follow.
As far as the rest of this list ~ I have read five of the books that made the list. My favorite one on the list is by Mark Moyad's "Promoting Wellness for Prostate Cancer Patients" . Moyad made the list twice and I fully understand why. He avoids treatment controversy and really makes some excellent points on alternative and complimentary approaches to living with prostate cancer. Mark regularly writes and article for UsTOO, as does Chodak and Myers, but he leaves the decision choices to each patient alone. He is also the annual MC for that PCRI meeting which tells me he is very adept at promoting neutrality.
I think this is about
the best list I have seen. I will see if we may wish to make a sticky at the top of the forum for it. I certainly have no issue for anybody wanting to post that they feel that the Blum/Scholz effort belongs on it as well...and we can link the Amazon page for it...
Advanced Prostate Cancer at age 44 (I am 48 now)
pT3b,N0,Mx (original PSA was 19.8) EPE, PM, SVI. Gleason 4+3=7
Da Vinci Surgery ~ 2/16/2007
Adjuvant Radiation Therapy ~ IMRT Completed 8/07
Adjuvant Hormone Therapy ~ 28 months on Casodex and Lupron.