Over the last decade, prostate diseases have filled many pages of print media. Articles about various treatment options and the merits or perhaps lack of merit are scattered throughout newspapers. And what about the advertising that occurs?
It is difficult to watch any sporting event without being besieged with advertisements for the medications that will help treat the symptoms of an enlarged prostate. The internet is another source of confusion for the patients. A Google search for “prostate remedies” yields 1,340,000 results!! How can they all be beneficial? Many patients are not aware of the fact that much of what appears on the internet is inaccurate and may be paid advertising.
This vast media exposure has created a tremendous amount of confusion about these diseases. Some patients are able to filter through much of this material and process it. Others however get caught up in this hoopla and are crippled by the indecision that this coverage has caused. Patients feel that their life is coming to an end, however they can not make a decision or are making many bad decisions, while they are looking for the "miracle cure".
A week does not go by in the office without a patient bringing with them either an advertisement or a preparation that claims to be able to cure prostate disease. Some patients bring in bags filled with various allopathic remedies. Patients have a look of chagrin on their face when I advise them that in all likelihood the agent that they paid for is not of any use.
There is a vast amount of misinformation that is being propagated and this information causes a great amount of frustration for the patients. \Patients get very caught up in this furor and for many of them it results in a great amount of anxiety and many sleepless nights. Patients also are under the impression that surgery is the only way to treat the diseases of the prostate. There are certainly many non-surgical treatments for both the benign and malignant conditions of the prostate. Many medical therapies are available that may also be beneficial.
If a patient suspects that they are suffering from a prostate disease, or if they are diagnosed with one, I urge extensive discussion with a urologist. This type of interaction helps the patient from getting stuck in limbo, and agonizing over making decisions over treatments that may have little or no benefit.
Published On: May 27, 2010