What a coincidence!
Turns out there’s an easy way to predict which men with prostate cancer will be treated with body-wrecking, energy-sapping, dignity-robbing radiation.
It’s got nothing to do with the stage of the cancer… the location of the tumor… or the prognosis of the disease.
It’s whether or not the doc owns the radiation equipment!
If the doc who spots your tumor has his own radiation machine, then that’s what you’re getting. And, according to a new study, you’ll be pushed into it whether you need it or not.
Overall, men who see docs who own this equipment are 61 percent more likely to get blasted with radiation than guys who see docs who DON’T have one of these things.
And for men with often-harmless low-grade cancers, the numbers are uglier than a tumor.
Guys with “favorable risk” — in other words, men with localized tumors unlikely to grow — shouldn’t be treated at all in most cases. They can kick back, relax and enjoy life knowing the cancer will almost certainly never pose a threat.
Every now and then, a doc can check up on the tumor to make sure it’s not growing, a practice known as “active surveillance.”
But it seems men aren’t always getting that choice… especially when they see a zap-happy doctor who owns a radiation machine.
The new study finds these low-risk patients are 89 PERCENT more likely to get blasted with radiation!
It’s a similar story for men who see docs who own external beam radiation machines. Those crooks will make you 45 percent more likely to get treated for a low-risk tumor.
The docs behind the study claim owning machines also increases the likelihood that men who really do need treatment end up getting it.
And, sure, the odds of men with more serious tumors getting blasted with radiation jumps… but… is that REALLY the best we can do here?
Radiation, surgery, and chemo are just about the most primitive treatments out there, and often leave men so miserable with side effects including fatigue, incontinence, and impotence that they might WISH they had the cancer back.
But there’s a reason men are being pushed into treatment, even when they don’t need it.
Docs who own the equipment on average milk out an extra $2,000 out of every man treated with it.
Compared that to the ZERO DOLLARS they make off guys who go for “active surveillance,” and you can guess which one gets the bigger sales pitch.
Don’t fall for it.
If you have cancer — in your prostate or anywhere else — don’t rush into the first treatment a doctor recommends.
Get a second or even third opinion, and make sure one of those voices is from a naturopathic physician experienced in cancer care.