While localized prostate cancer has several treatment options, Dr. Bert Vorstman warns patients to learn all they can about quality of life issues before choosing.
Online PR News – 19-July-2011 – – Coral Springs, FL – Dr. Bert Vorstman of Coral Springs, Florida, cautions patients who are seeking treatment for localized prostate cancer to check into all of the treatment options and potential side effects before making a choice. In order to make this research easier for his patients, Dr. Vorstman has created a website that lays out in table format (with foot notes) each of the four definitive treatments of HIFU, cryoablation (freezing), radiation options and radical surgery/robotics as well as their selected risks, post operative recovery and quality of life issues.
“My goal,” stated Dr. Vorstman, “is to ensure patients have easy to understand information on selected risks for these treatments and particularly for the risks of impotence and incontinence.”
Patients need to choose physicians experienced in prostate cancer treatment. It is far more important for patients to educate themselves about treatment options and probable complications than being steered into an "emergency" treatment. It is the patients prerogative to seek opinions from other physicians, ask questions and control the pace of management of their disease.
Often, men are not fully informed about the complications that can affect their quality of life. While all treatments are effective in treating localized prostate cancer, for many men, the treatments can damage the nerves that affect erection and sexual intercourse as well as urine control leading to problems with erectile dysfunction and/or urinary incontinence and quality of life issues.
“Before they choose a treatment, men need to know what the potential changes in their quality of life may be. All four treatment options have similar survival benefits so researching their possible complications and how frequently these complications occur are important. Patients need to discuss these potential life changes with their spouses before settling on a treatment option. I want to ensure that quality of life information is available at all times.”
According to Dr. Vorstman, the treatment that causes the highest rate of impotence and incontinence is radical surgical removal of the prostate gland, even when performed robotically. He describes these treatments as “an assault on manhood,” and warns that men choosing this surgery are “playing Russian Roulette with their quality of life.”
Dr. Vorstman also warns that much of the information available to patients is misleading because it publishes cure rates that are only rough approximations of success, rather than solid statistics. This causes some men to choose invasive treatments that damage their quality of life, when other treatments could work just as well without the side effects and negative impact on quality of life.
"Prostate cancer just does not have to be cut out to offer cure. There are treatments for localized prostate cancer that have excellent cure rates and a lower risk of these life-altering side effects. Minimally invasive treatments like High Intensity Focused Ultrasound, or hifu, can often protect the nerves and tissue surrounding the prostate while effectively treating localized cancer but preserving quality of life."
About Bert Vorstman MD MS FAAP FRACS FACS
Dr. Bert Vorstman is a urologic surgeon with some 30 years of experience practicing in Coral Springs, Florida. He is a former faculty member of the department of urology, University of Miami, Florida. His passion and dedication is to help men and their partners fully understand the treatment options available to them when facing a diagnosis of prostate cancer. He works to promote the acceptance and use of minimally invasive treatment options such as HIFU for prostate cancer treatment. Learn more about HIFU and Dr. Vorstman by visiting www.hifurx.com.