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I want to do good work and be kind to myself, but I'd want it to be the same for everyone involved. What do you think: do you recommend reading the rest of the book because this issue gets cleared up and his ideas on the long run are also for the philanthropists I actually consider you to be one:-?

The biggest things I got out of the book was the importance of being more organised and having more fun in life. I also learnt a lot about leverage through technology which has liberated me so much allowing me to soak up more juicy moments in life. Whenever I read any books I always stay open and take what I want from the book and leave the rest.

Not everything is always going to resonate with me and that's ok. Thank you! Anyway, I love reading your writing, it is so frienly and smooth! Thanks so much for sharing Melissa, great idea! I second Dharma Bums, and I also love Inika skincare. Btw I also just finished reading Warrior Pose and absolutely loved it, such an inspirational book, so thanks for recommending it! Meditations: - Doreen Virtues "Manifesting with the angels" guided meditation - Gabrielle Bernsteins May cause miracles meditation album. Listening to Kundalini yoga mantras on my morning walks.

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Have you read it? Now onto the next book which is teaching me some more. Oh yes Marcella that's a brilliant book. I read it years ago but would love to re-read it I think. The next one in line is called 'The Tenth Insight'. I have just begun but am keen to see where it leads. The first, 'Celestine' taught me so much about personal power and the myth that humans may believe about power being a finite thing. Or something that we feel we can only access by taking it from others. Maaaaan, that clarified a lot for me.

I did my first barre class at my pilates studio on Monday night hard work but god it felt good. The Chinese medicine practitioner I see every six weeks for wellbeing acupuncture always gives me a bit of oxygen therapy, and I try to indulge in a massage every couple of months. Currently using Grown Alchemist and loving it! Wow thank you so much for sharing these tips Melissa, it's so great to have a list of useful tools to help me on my quest to be healthier, wealthier and happier! I can't wait to incorporate body brushing into my daily routine! Brilliant article beautiful xXx. Love this, Mel!

What an inspiring list.. I am about to launch my new ebook The Glow Kitchen and it has the recipe in there for you ;. Thank you Melissa to introduce me to Ted talks and the wellness Guy it is helping me in so many ways! I love you and your inspired words. Thanks beautiful for your amazing list! I love your devotion to all your readers replying to all their responses, it is so very special!!

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Most recently, I have gone through some major life changes; divorce, move to a new state, career change and even, menopause. Very often records are placed on a Health Information Exchange HIE or server, dozens, sometimes even hundreds or thousands of people may have access to medical records. SEER is an appropriate name for this database! Your drug prescription history can also be tracked by insurance companies and others.

Records may be packaged with others and offered for sale, this does often happen. Your medical records can be downloaded to multiple servers all over the world to countries that do not have any regulations for privacy. If a doctor, patient or insurance company is involved in a criminal or civil case, medical records may become public court or law enforcement records. Your records can be acquired by insurance companies if you apply for disability. If a patient has radiotherapy he may have a photo taken before treatment to verify identity.

Patients can also become the victims of financial or medical Identity theft. Under the HIPAA laws you are entitled to a copy of all your medical records, however if you try to obtain a copy of extensive records as in a hospital stay you may be met with resistance. These people do not have to be employed by the facility or have a background check.

My family doctors office has summer time high school interns with full access to all records. One high school intern signed me in, took my temperature, weight, blood pressure and logged it in my chart. How much curiosity or self control does a high school or college student have? I also went to a hearing aid center in a department store to get a free hearing test and was given forms inquiring about personal information and my complete medical history. This is information I do not want filed in a department store. All patients should avoid supplying unnecessary information whenever possible.

Supply relevant information only when filling out forms. In the USA identity theft is very common, growing problem and is often financial devastating. Medical forms can be a good source of information for thieves. Recently my friend with arthritis in her hips received a letter offering a clinical trial for a new medication; coincidently looking for patients with hip and knee arthritis. How did this company determine she and not her husband or other family member was a prime candidate for this new drug study without violating any HIPAA privacy laws?

Even without HIPAA privacy law violations, records can be accessed by multiple people and appear in multiple databases. Calls about a clinical trial, calls to a large clinic toll free number and calls to insurance companies may be recorded. These conversations can include confidential or medical information. HIPAA laws are deficient and often will not protect your privacy. Your privacy and confidentiality is not that secure. I believe the medical field has little regard for our privacy, especially if it is in conflict with training, research, studies, profit or other objectives.

Also if you are known to or an acquaintance of anyone with access to your records neighbor, co-workers spouse, etc they would possibly want to get a look at your medical records. You are naive if you believe otherwise or that your records are secure. The same also applies to pharmacy workers and your prescriptions.

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EPIC questionnaires probably have an increased potential and greater impact on patients for privacy violations because of its format, nature and personal content potential for HIPAA privacy law violations. Patients may mistakenly believe the EPIC questionnaire is a requirement to be filled out. Resulting in him not filling out any more EPIC forms or any other forms and he stated that he became very uncomfortable and evasive with the entire office staff.

The drawbacks of this form seem to outweigh any potential benefit for some patients. Medical tests and procedures can be degrading and embarrassing for both men and women. Over half of men prefer a male doctor. Per some respected doctors: Men stay away from medical care in large numbers because of privacy and dignity.

Many men still avoid medical care because of embarrassment. Honest answers will often not be given if asked by a female doctor or nurse. What percent of old men will feel comfortable consulting a female doctor, nurse or office worker about his prostate problems, ED, etc or would want an invasive test or procedure performed by a female? The most common treatment options for men with prostate cancer are radiation, Brachytherapy, surgery, cryotherapy and hormones ADT. Sometimes chemotherapy, immunotherapy and castration orchiectomy are used.

A combination of treatments is often used. Most or all of these treatments have long term or short term side effects. Often men are not told about all of the true risks and side effects or they are downplayed for both a blind biopsy and treatments. LDR Brachytherapy is permanent radioactive seed implant. This treatment procedure implants about 50 to radioactive seeds in the prostate, sometimes resulting in urinary problems.

The patient will literally become radioactive for months and up to 2 years. The patient may set off radiation alarm and also possibly metal detectors at airports. He will also be required to use a condom, have no close contact with pregnant women, infants, children and young animals or pets for months or longer. Occasionally he may even eject radioactive seeds during sexual activity or urination.

The patient will become like a walking Chernobyl, having radioactive scrap metal and emit radiation from his crotch. He will also be required to carry a card in his wallet stating he is radioactive. The videos of this procedure seem to be disturbing and bizarre. A catheter will also be required for a short time. However allegedly LDR Brachytherapy seems to have less sexual side effects than some of the other treatments available.

Men are sometimes prescribed hormone therapy ADT therapy , AKA chemical castration as an additional or only treatment.

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Hormone ADT therapy is sometimes over prescribed for profit, per some studies. Hormone therapy is often very expensive may be profitable for doctors if provided at the doctors office and not a pharmacy and can have horrible, strange and devastating side effects, feminization, fatigue, weight gain, depression, etc.

His penis could shrink and his testicles can completely disappear, he may grow breasts. This treatment can have so many mind and body altering side effects that doctors will often not inform patients about all of them. Men are sometimes castrated orchiectomy as a cancer treatment to reduce testosterone. Nerve sparing Robotic-assisted DaVinci surgery is touted as being a better treatment and having fewer side effects, this is usually an exaggeration.

The nerves can not always be spared. Robotic surgery can result in a faster initial recovery. Long term risk of incontinence, fatigue, ED, etc is about the same as conventional surgery. Patients can have unrealistic expectations about the results and regret the surgery treatment option. The ED rates and other side effects are often understated to patients. Patients should not be naive: Medical mistakes are the third cause of deaths in the USA over one million deaths in 4 years.

Medical mistakes cause more deaths then suicide, firearms and motor vehicle accidents combined. Countless other patients have been harmed by medical mistakes. If you are having surgery, brachytherapy, a biopsy or a procedure take precautions if possible. Have someone qualified or knowledgeable monitor you and your medications, etc. Doctors, nurses and technicians can be profit motivated, use obsolete procedures, be lazy, incompetent, make mistakes and be apathetic or rushed.

Occasionally harm can be done or not prevented with intent. Drug abuse is often a problem with some medical workers because of easy access. This may be a disadvantage to patients, empathy and quality of care can sometimes be compromised. I personally know of at least 5 medical staff that I would consider incompetent, abusive, mentally disturbed or drug abusers that work in doctors offices and hospitals and I now understand why medical mistakes are the third leading cause of deaths in the USA.

TV and sometimes the public seem to idolizes doctors, nurses and caregivers, however health care workers seem to have the same amount of abusive or incompetent workers as other occupations. I have also had excellent doctors and nurses. What are the main reasons nurses get fired: 1. Prescription drug abuse because of easy access to drugs. Too many mistakes. Code of conduct and privacy violations. Bad attitude. No proper licenses 5. Abuse of patients. Patients should be aware that sometimes QOL quality of life may be secondary or an absent goal in treatment.

Sometimes overtreatment for profit or to prevent an unlikely death or metastization from low risk cancer may be the primary or the only goals of cancer treatment. Hormone therapy may have an extensive list of side effects that can be devastating for men. Biopsies and treatment are degrading, stressful and often unnecessary. Many men may not be prepared or have unrealistic expectations about the outcome, physical and psychological impact of testing and treatment. The risk of long term chronic and permanent fatigue that can result in depression is almost always understated if mentioned at all to many patients.

Radiation with Hormone therapy has a high risk of fatigue. Long term fatigue also increases the risk of clinical depression and suicide. The prostate may have unknown or undocumented functions. The removal or destruction of the prostate often results in chronic fatigue, loss of libido and depression that often can not be accounted for. In my opinion: Castration, ADT hormone therapy chemical castration , LDR Brachytherapy radiation seed implant , radiotherapy, surgery and blind biopsies are often psychically and emotionally brutal, traumatic and disturbing.

Newer treatments like, HIFU, hyperthermia, Boron Neutron capture therapy, focal Ablation only treating the cancer and not the entire prostate and orphan drugs should be approved and used when appropriate. Biopsies should be limited to selective MRI guided samples only; blind biopsies should seldom or never be performed. Approved advances in prostate cancer treatment mostly consisting of newer more accurate radiation treatments, robotic surgery and new drugs. These advances sound like greater strides have been made. However most of these approved advances are of limited benefit to prostate cancer patients and still have about the same amount of long term side effects.

Compared to other technologies, computers, communications, electronics, aviation, etc, cancer treatment approved advances have been dismal. QOL quality of life issues have not been adequately addressed. Profit sometimes outweighs QOL. However as far as reducing long term side effects, only small gains have been made with the newer radiotherapy equipment. A patient should be skeptical if exaggerated claims are made about reduced long term side effects, especially fatigue and ED rates.

Patients should inquire as to the treatment plan: Gy dose and fractions, margins, testicular dose, constraints and age of radiotherapy equipment to insure excessive radiation exposure treatment is not given that can result in additional side effects. Patients should be aware that pelvic shaving, permanent tattoo markers, fiducial marker small seeds are sometimes placed in the prostate, MRI, CT scan, photographs, catheters and other procedures may or may not a be required.

Radiation has high probability of sexual dysfunction and fatigue. Sometimes radiation can also cause bowel and urinary problems. A 5 day SBRT radiation treatment is now commonly available with about the same results and side effects as a 9 week radiation treatment. A doctor with a multimillion dollar lease and maintenance agreement on radiotherapy, CT scan and MRI equipment and a large staff may or may not be influenced by his or her financial obligations when deciding to recommend over testing and treatment.

This drop is determined by the testicular radiation dose treatment equipment and planning. A below normal drop in testosterone can result in increased fatigue, depression, sexual dysfunction and other symptoms. It seems all of the best treatments for prostate cancer have not been approved and most are only available outside the USA. Treatment options outside the country or under development are HIFU, Laser, Hyperthermia, Boron Neutron capture therapy and orphan drugs, just to name some. Focal Laser Ablation is a good option with fewer side effects however it is not widely available in the USA and sometimes not practical.

Any cancer patient man or woman who are being offered chemotherapy should be particularly cautious. Chemotherapy can be extremely toxic and sometimes deadly. Without genomic testing or proof of the effectiveness of the specific drug being used on the exact cancer type being treated, chemotherapy can often be more toxic to the patient then to the cancer. Chemotherapy may be extremely expensive, profitable for some doctors if dispensed by the doctor and not by a third party and can be misused or overused, sometimes for profit.

This is a well documented and common practice. When a doctor, rich, famous or influential person becomes ill often the testing and treatment are more thorough, advanced and beneficial. If you are an average or uninformed patient you may be a prime candidate for predatory doctor offering prostate cancer testing and treatment. Often few good choices often exist for treatment. A prostate cancer patient treatment choice often ends up being the least worst choice or the choice with the side effects a patient thinks he can tolerate. Patients can sometimes be mislead about the expected side effects and results of the treatment being offered.

The risk of chronic fatigue and depression is often never disclosed. Long term care consists of regular PSA testing for years. Long term care for side effects is often lacking or exploitive or ineffective. Often complaints of side effects are disregarded by nurses, doctors and sometimes referred out to other doctors. The patient is sometimes left to figure out what to do about his side effects with the resources available to him. Long term side effects often consist of fatigue, bowel or urinary problems, sexual dysfunction, depression and other symptoms.

Patients with complaints of chronic fatigue are often told to exercise, get plenty of sleep, pace yours self and eat a healthy diet; this advice is of limited help for chronic fatigue. Often treatments for long term side effects are embarrassing, degrading, unavailable, nonexistent, costly, not effective, not offered or bothersome.

Prostate cancer treatment often results in fatigue, depression, isolation and sometimes suicide. Billions of dollars are profited from ED drug and other ED products, catheters, pads and diapers, drugs for depression or pain or insomnia or incontinence, additional treatments and surgeries for side effects. Also treatments for the multiple and bizarre side effects from hormone ADT therapy chemical castration is sometimes required. Men, ageing and elder abuse: If any man lives long enough it is very likely he will have a prostate problem, low testosterones or some form of sexual dysfunction.

In my opinion modern medicine often has been exploitive, abusive and has provided substandard care for older men in general due to all of the explanation given in this text. I believe much of the attitudes toward older Americans need improvement and they are sometimes viewed as being subhuman and exploitable by various groups and individuals. If documented cases of unnecessary surgery and radiotherapy or blind biopsies on children by doctors for profit were released, the vast majority of Americans would be outraged and this practice would quickly end.

However for older men it dose not seems to be of great concern! As defined by some or all state laws, exploitation of elderly men by overprescribing treatment for profit is a crime or an offence of various guidelines and regulations. It is extremely unlikely any doctor will ever be prosecuted or have a medical license suspended for this common and extensively documented abuse or crime. One patient after recovering from a brain injury testified that he was repeatedly abused, slapped and hit, forced to drink boiling hot tea by multiple caregivers and sexually assaulted by one female caregiver.

It is well documented that all forms abuse do occur to the aged and disabled in nursing homes and other facilities including, neglect, theft, starvation, torture, harassment, sexual assault, etc. I personally know of an elderly lady that is living in an expensive assisted living home that has had all of her possessions radio, clothes, underwear, shoes stolen and replaced by her family several times including the sheets off of her bed, even after the sheets where marked with her name using a larger permanent marker pen. Prostate cancer patients are at an increased risk of suicide.

Almost all prostate cancer treatments usually result a high percentage of erectile dysfunction. Excluding hormone therapy, lower libido is almost never disclosed as a treatment side effect and sometimes it is completely denied as a problem. Blind biopsies can sometimes or often cause temporary or permanent ED.

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Often claims of prompt effective treatment for ED or other side effects if they occur after treatment are often misleading. Statistics for ED percentages from treatment are usually quoted after treatment with Viagra, Muse or other ED treatments, therefore most statistics are very misleading. For cryotherapy, ED rates are extremely high.

At these prices Lilly could consider including the bathtubs featured in its advertisements for Cialis. Many insurance companies will not pay for ED drugs or treatment. The patent for Viagra should have already expired in the USA. Less expensive generic drugs are usually unavailable in the US. This is further exploitation by the drug companies of men in general. Men are also exploited by counterfeit mail order ED drug sales. ED drugs are not always effective and may have side effects.

Men will often not seek treatment because or these reasons. Some side effects may not be disclosed at all. If side effects low libido, chronic fatigue, depression, increased suicide risk, etc are not disclosed, no percentages will usually need to be quoted. Results are often worse for a surgery option, the main difference in ED results between surgery and radiotherapy is; with surgery ED will start out bad and may or may not get better with time, however with radiotherapy ED will get worse over time.

Cure rates are often quoted at the 5 years mark for most treatments. Ask your urologist or radiation oncologist for a year cure Rate. If the physician is unable to provide one, consider finding another doctor. Studies and clinical trials results, side effects percentage claims, etc can be biased.

I have read and have been given some extremely exaggerated claims mostly lies concerning cure rated, side effects, etc. In conclusion: Prostate cancer patients are sometimes elderly and exploited for profit per documented studies. A blind biopsy is unsafe and newer test methods should be used. The treatments offered have horrible side effects. Some doctors are treating patients with low risk cancer or advanced age when monitoring is often a better option. Aftercare for long term side effects is frequently ineffective, expensive, not offered, degrading or nonexistent.

Prostate cancer patients are seldom told about chronic fatigue and the true risk of side effects are usually understated. Modern medicine often fails and victimizes prostate cancer patients. If a patient has intermediate or high risk prostate cancer and dose not have advanced age he may need treatment. He should have genomic testing and look into other advanced treatments if available and genomic testing. Also he should try and avoid hormone therapy if possible because of the multiple side effects especially if the cancer is organ confined.

If laser or other advanced treatments are not available a 5 day SBRT radiation treatment may be considered In my opinion, it could be the best of the bad choices. SBRT seems to be fast, least invasive or traumatic. ED and fatigue is still a high long term risk. Radiation with hormone therapy has a higher risk of ED and long term fatigue. However, I now believe often prostate cancer testing and treatment could be a mistake in most men. The short version of my story: I was referred to an urologist by my family doctor after a high PSA test.

Shortly after my Dr. I now believe this nurse was high because of drug abuse being common among nurses the easy access to drugs. I was diagnosed with prostate cancer by Dr. I refused his surgery and hormone therapy recommendation because of the eminent side effects and his unprofessional nurse behavior, so Dr. When I arrived in his office the waiting room was empty. He also had a large staff. One week after my consultation with Dr. However this nurse could not answer any of my basic questions, lacked any credibility and sounded like a used car salesmen. Most of these office visits caused me multiple problems with offices workers processing paperwork for tests, insurance forms and billing, etc.

Two of these doctors offered me an unnecessary bone scan. Two of these doctors recommended unnecessary hormone therapy ADT Therapy for my organ confined cancer. After I absolutely and utterly refused hormone therapy, both doctors admitted it probably would not help me in my final outcome because of the computer estimate run on me with my PSA, biopsy report, etc. I wasted 2 more days verifying it was the correct MRI of me and not some other prostate patient MRI before my treatment could start.

I did receive treatment from Dr. I did have a relatively fast and completely noninvasive treatment SBRT , resulting in months of fatigue, a large PSA bounce 18 mothers later and some other short term side effects. I also no longer trust modern medicine, doctors, nurses, etc. Modern medicine seems to be more of a gamble then a science. I have wasted hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars. I feel modern medicine has abused and failed me due to the lack of guidelines and regulation, still approved obsolete technology, better unapproved treatments, exploitation, greed, apathy and incompetence.

I was never offered Genomic testing. I also believe I should have had no PSA testing or treatment. If I could do it over again, I would also consider no PSA testing and treatment or traveling for advanced treatments from a competent provider if practical and available. I believe if I did take the two doctors recommendations and received unnecessary hormone therapy in addition to the radiotherapy my quality of life QOL would have been severely impacted for years or permanently and could possibly have resulting in my early death. I did seem to have a lot of bad luck in picking providers or is this just the new standard in medical care?

I did also have numerous other billing and paperwork problems probably due to mistakes and apathy. A few of the office staff were incapable of completing some very simple tasks like filling out lab work request or insurance forms. I have also observed several medical facilities do not require workers to wear name tags and when asked for a name most will give a first name only; this may also be a factor in health care workers not acting in an ethical manner.

It seems that this prostate cancer nightmare maze was intended for maximum physical, psychological, financial harm and to be of questionable benefit. My prostate cancer experience has been one of the worst events that has happened to me in my lifetime and I specifically blame modern medicine for not protecting patients from predatory doctors, substandard technology and a lack of regulations that would protect patients.

Hormone therapy would not have been an effective treatment for me. Surgery and Brachytherapy are to invasive. Surgery has an imminent danger of incontinence and ED. A 9 week EBRT radiotherapy was just to long and laborious. Because castration orchiectomy , ADT hormone therapy chemical castration , LDR Brachytherapy and blind biopsies are what I consider Frankenstein medicine strange, bizarre, brutal, twisted, degrading or a perverted nightmare I would avoid all of them.

Unfortunately, I was deceived and misguided into having a blind biopsy. I do not believe other conventional treatments like radiotherapy are good or great choices either, just not as bad and acceptable at that time for me. I also had no advanced treatment options available to me. As I have stated above, If I could do it over again I would also consider either no PSA testing and treatment or traveling for advanced treatments from a competent provider if practical and available.

I am now sure I made the wrong choice by receiving a conventional treatment. With prostate cancer, the testing or treatment is often worse then the disease. I am not implying anyone should make the same choices as I did.

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I am only giving the motives for my decisions. I was also the victim of profit motivated and substandard providers. I am now sure prostate cancer testing and treatment is all smoke and mirrors. With some exceptions I now believe this to be mostly true.

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Always protect yourself: It should not be up to a patient to protect himself or herself from harm from doctors, however the new standard in medical care now seems to be substandard. If you are concerned about misuse or privacy issues, refuse to fill out EPIC questioners and limit the information given to relevant information only. If you have a high PSA or prostate cancer, educate yourself.

A patient should be extremely skeptical if exaggerated claims are made about minimal long term side effects from conventional treatments or blind biopsies. Bring someone educated or astute with you to your consultations and appointments. Insist on Genomic testing if you have prostate cancer. Avoid doctors that are mostly profit motivated. Do not submit to a prostate blind biopsy if other options are available.

Get a second or third opinion if you are being offered treatment with low risk prostate cancer. Learn about all your treatment options, testing and side effects. Verify everything you are told. Always ask the name of the person assisting you. If they refuse the request for a name leave immediately you may or may not be in extreme danger. Be very cautious if you are ever refused a copy of your records; demand a copy of your records and a reason for any denial and seek other advice.

Get a copy and keep a file of your test results, biopsy report-Gleason score, PSA, MRI report, treatment plan, bills, insurance payouts, etc. Carefully monitor your PSA. Expect a temporary increase for weeks or months in PSA after some procedures. Verify the accuracy of paperwork. If treatment is necessary talk to your doctor in advance about side effect management, chronic fatigue, ED, etc. Doctors that provide treatments often have computer software to predict the outcome using test results and different treatment options. Ask to see your computer predicted cure rate outcome with your treatment options if available.

This may give you some insight to your options, cure rate and also to avoid overtreatment. For help contact a good prostate cancer support group without a conflict of interest. What are the motives of your providers, place them in order that you observe at your doctors office: to profit, to cure, to get high on the backroom drug supply, to do less work, to take an extra long lunch or get off work early, to help people, to cover up their incompetents, etc? This exercise may give you some insight into the care you may receive. A medical holocaust: Multiple studies have verified more deaths caused from prostate cancer testing and treatment then from prostate cancer itself.

Medical mistakes are the third leading cause of deaths in the USA over , deaths a year, over one million deaths in 4 years more then suicide, firearms and motor vehicle accidents combined. These statistics do not include people that have had there lives destroyed by modern medicine or a reduction in QOL quality of life. Strict guidelines for prostate cancer testing and treatment need to be created and enforced because of the extensive and documented abuses of prostate cancer patients: 1.

Blind biopsies should be banned.

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  • Strict standards and gridlines for testing and treatment need to be created. Full mandatory industry standard disclosure forms need to be created for tests and treatment to include realistic risk factor disclosure. Newer testing and treatments need to be created and approved. Dignity, privacy and confidentiality need to be standardized and enforced in addition to the HIPAA laws. Aftercare needs to be available, standardized and regulated. The cost for drugs needs to be regulated to end financial exploitation by drug companies.

    Medical workers should be identifiable and be required to wear name tags with first, last names and job title. Genomic or genetic testing should be required before any patient is sent for treatment, to avoid overtreatment and insure the correct treatment. A standardized education book or PDF document needs to be created and distributed to all high PSA and prostate cancer patients. It is unlikely any of the above recommendations will be implemented unless prostate cancer affected a larger percent of the population or enough prominent people are affected.

    Prostate cancer patients must protect themselves as the only alternative! Clarification: The above text may probably anger and upset some people for various reasons. The intent of this document is not to imply all doctors are dishonest or to condemn all medical providers. The intent is to educate men and prostate cancer patients of the consequences and dangers that may await them so they can take appropriate action and to inform patients of real world, typical or worst case scenarios.

    I have also tried to include most scenarios a prostate cancer patient should be cautious of. Would some health care providers harm a patient for profit or by accident or some other reason? Yes, absolutely! I have also had excellent doctors and nurses, however this may not protect you from the bad ones. Are some other doctors and nurses exceptional?

    Differences in opinion, variations in semantics do not invalidate this document or its intent. Disclaimer: I have no conflict of interest. I do not represent any support group or other organizations. I am not a doctor. I do not prevent, treat, diagnose, cure or advise on medical matters. The information above is for educational purposes only. If you need treatment or medical advice, consult a competent and trustworthy medical doctor. I have been extensively criticized by some for creating this document and its blunt content.

    In order to insure my privacy and avoid any potential reprisals, further abuse or exploitation, I will remain Anonymous. Great work in your article.

    Bless you for telling the truth. Had I known before I went through surgery what life would be like now I would have taken my chances on not having treatment. Even at 58 years old I would have rather had a few quality years than the post surgery results of incontinance ED and depression for the past 2 years. Again thanks. The tumor had a Gleason Score of 8, and the cells were highly undefererentiated, thus they did not PSA to any great degree. Surgery was ruled out because the cancer had broken through capsule, and invaded part of bladder and urethra.

    He was started on Lupron and Casodex followed up by 42 treatments of external beam radiation. He tolerated everything very well. Once a year we would see his radiologist for DRE and review. Every four months we would go for his blood work and Lupron shot, and every other visit we would meet with his oncologist. My husband would have bone density testing done every two years. Our life was going along well; my husband is 16 years out from his initial diagnosis.

    Then we noticed subtle changes at the medical center: personnel changes; staff no longer there.