Does the Radical Prostatectomy Ever Cure Anyone of Prostate Cancer?
News Released: April 28, 2005
(PRLEAP.COM) Because of the new book, “Surviving Prostate Cancer Without
Surgery,” men are asking hard questions about what urologists tell them. The
book points out that the popular prostate cancer operation, called the radical
prostatectomy, has failed to increase overall survival in two randomized
controlled studies (Holmberg et al. and Iversen et al.).
The radical prostatectomy is known for its side effects. It makes all men
sterile, and there is a significant likelihood of suffering side effects such as
a smaller penis, impotence, incontinence, and urinary strictures (scarring and
blocking of the urinary passage).
“A cure, in my opinion, is something that restores you to normal health without
permanent side effects. An emergency appendectomy can be a cure. However, the
radial prostatectomy always leaves men with permanent side effects such as
sterility and sexual dysfunction. At best, the radical prostatectomy is a
sacrifice; not a cure,” says Dr. Hennenfent. “Many men can be found that say the
radial prostatectomy destroyed their quality of life.”
Dr. Hennenfent is just one of many physicians who are speaking out about the
radical prostatectomy and his book quotes several other doctors:
“Without a randomized controlled trial showing an improvement in overall
survival, radical prostatectomy should not be accepted as standard treatment for
newly diagnosed men with prostate cancer …. we still lack proof of its
effectiveness.” - Charles E. Myers, M.D., Director, American Institute for
Diseases of the Prostate.
"I expect that within five years we will see the death of the radical
prostatectomy as a treatment for prostate cancer." - Dr. Gary Onik, Cryosurgeon
and Director of Surgical Imaging at Celebration Health Hospital, Celebration,
“If radical prostatectomies worked, the data would be there. The reason the data
is not there is because radical prostatectomies don’t work.” - Dr. Robert
Leibowitz of Compassionate Oncology Medical Group. “No prospective randomized
trial has ever found radical prostatectomy to be both necessary and effective.”
“Although I did the first ever nerve sparing radical prostatectomy at New
York-Cornell Hospital, I’ve abandoned the radical prostatectomy for my prostate
cancer patients. There is always a better treatment option. Urologists need to
tell the truth and do what’s right based on the medical literature. It’s a
mistake that urologists don’t give up their patients unless it’s a hopeless
situation, when clearly the patients that are being operated on could be better
served by other therapies.” - W. Reid Pitts Jr., M.D., FACS, of the urology
group Draper, Lavengood, Ward, and Pitts, PC.
“Surviving Prostate Cancer Without Surgery” enumerates several non-surgical
treatments for prostate cancer and recounts inspiring success stories brought
about by these treatments.
“Surviving Prostate Cancer Without Surgery” devotes individual chapters to such
treatments as watchful waiting, active non-invasive therapy, PC-SPES, radiation
therapy, radiation seed implants, 3-dimensional radiation therapy, combined
precision irradiation, cryotherapy, estrogen, prostate cancer vaccines and
Dr. Hennenfent’s book also discusses what causes prostate cancer, how it can be
prevented and how it is diagnosed.
The web site for the book is
Dr. Hennenfent is a leading prostate health activist who has seen five uncles
suffer from prostate cancer. He previously wrote a book entitled “The
Prostatitis Syndromes,” which tackles prostatitis, a disease characterized by
inflammation of the prostate. Dr. Hennenfent co-founded the Prostatitis
Foundation, founded the Epididymitis Foundation, and founded the Acoustic