My comments below are based on a very revealing recent article written by Peter Waldman, Bloomberg News, and published in …
concerning the nefarious activities of USA medical specialists, particularly urologists, more intent on ripping off the medical rebate system than giving prostate cancer patients correct, effective treatment. In part, the article discuses hormone therapy for prostate cancer and it is to this a refer…
* During the 1900’s urologist’s all but stopped using surgical castration surgery in favor of drugs for the hormone therapy for prostate cancer, especially the drugs, Lupron and Zoladex.
* With secret kickbacks from the drug companies amounting to US$5000 for each patient put on the drugs urologists had a very good incentive to change clinical modalities.
* One study showed that two in five patients placed on HORMONE THERAPY for PROSTATE CANCER had no clinical need of it.
* In 2005, when Medicare reduced payments for Lupron and Zoladex by half, so then the use of the drugs by urologists dropped by 44%. A coincidence? I think not.
* Two drug companies supplying Lupron and Zoladex pleaded guilty to government charges and paid a $1 Billion dollars settlement.
* Hundreds of thousands of prostate cancer patients have been chemically castrated using these drugs for no reason other than to satisfy the greed of urologists.
* When the curtain fell on these lucrative HORMONE THERAPY for PROSTATE CANCER scams, urologists conveniently made another change in their treatment protocols by ordering unnecessary exploratory treatments, including a urine culture and abdominal ultrasounds.
* Additionally, where individual urologists had a financial, ownership interest in treatment centres offering CT scan and X-ray equipment, called intensity-modulated radiation therapy, IMRT, these were used in excess, to maximize income streams.
The notes above appear to encapsulate a general theme within the urology profession. You will have heard the saying “Make hay while the sun shines” and that is exactly what has been going on here…. and probably still goes on. And don’t think for one minute these activities are confined to urologists in the USA.
What all this tells me is that it is every man for him-self. We owe it to ourselves, and to our loved ones, not to be bludgeoned into blindly accepting whatever doctors throw our way. We need to ask questions and demand answers. And failure to get satisfactory answers is a trigger for walking out and going elsewhere.
Mind you, unless you do your own study of your particular health issue, not only will you not be able to ask intelligent, probing, questions but you probably won’t be able to assess and qualify the answers either.
In an earlier post I have already stated, quite clearly, that I am dead set against hormone treatment for prostate cancer, and have no intention of complying with my own urologist’s recommendation. This article reinforces my argument against it.
Knowledge is Power. Power to protect yourself against the clinical bias and avarice of unscrupulous doctors.