Recently, I was asked to provide a biography and curriculum vitae related to prostate diseases by the leader of a prostate cancer support group. I provided the information below. The group is hoping that I will write a prostate cancer book for them and it does sound like a very interesting and worthwhile project.
Bradley Hennenfent, M.D., Biography and Prostate-Related CV
Bradley Hennenfent, MD, is a graduate of Northwestern University, the University of Illinois Medical School, and the University of Illinois Affiliated Hospitals Emergency Medicine Residency Program.
He first became interested in the prostate when his Uncle Steve, who inspired him to attend medical school, died from his prostate cancer treatment in 1984.
As Dr. Hennenfent researched the prostate, he became increasingly dismayed by the drastic operations that men were being subjected to without an understanding of their consequences. He discovered that the methods of diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer were controversial, and that the published research was often substantially flawed.
Dr. Hennenfent became a men's health activist. He began doing original research. He founded the Internet newsgroups sci.med.prostate.cancer, sci.med.prostate.bph, and sci.med.prostate.prostatitis. He was also one of the original founders of the Internet “Prostate Problems Mailing List.” Together with his father, Mike Hennenfent, he co-founded the nonprofit Prostatitis Foundation (www.prostatitis.org), where almost a million men per year visit for help.
In 2005, Dr. Hennenfent’s book, “Surviving Prostate Cancer Without Surgery,” was published and ended its first year of publication as a bestseller for Biblio Distribution.
Dr. Hennenfent has been published in the British Journal of Urology, the Digital Urology Journal, Emerging Infectious Diseases, Annals of Emergency Medicine, Consultant, EMERGINDEX, Techniques in Urology, and the Journal of Pelvic Surgery. He also authored a monograph entitled “The Prostatitis Syndromes,” donating all proceeds to the non-profit Prostatitis Foundation.
Besides being a physician, Dr. Hennenfent is also an economist who believes that a well-designed health-care system is more important to the health of a nation's people than any single physician's skill and knowledge. He has traveled the world doing medical research and studying health-care delivery systems.
Dr. Hennenfent has delivered more than forty-five lectures at various hospitals. He owns a patent that enables less painful digital rectal examinations and prostatic massage.
He has spent time educating congress on the need for prostatitis research and has helped secure millions of dollars in federal funding for prostatitis research.
Dr. Hennenfent facilitates the local Prostate Cancer Support Group in his area.
Among the author's heroes are Jessica Mitford, whose book, The American Way of Death, exposed the funeral industry's financial exploitation of grieving relatives; Randy Shiltz, whose book, And the Band Played On, exposed the system's lack of response to the AIDS epidemic; and Hillary Johnson, author of Osler's Web: Inside the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Epidemic, which exposed another shameful response of the medical system to a major health issue.
Dr. Hennenfent is a fan of Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics: The Manipulation of Public Opinion in America, the book by Michael Wheeler that first brought popular attention to how and why statistics are often misused; the hilarious How to Lie with Statistics by Darrell Huff; and The Honest Truth about Lying with Statistics by Cooper B. Holmes.
Dr. Hennenfent writes, does medical research, and contributes to the non-profit Prostatitis Foundation. Someday, he hopes to open a clinical research center for prostate diseases and to organize a biomedical company to do research.
Hennenfent BR and Feliciano Jr. AE: Changes in white blood cell counts in men undergoing thrice-weekly prostatic massage, microbial diagnosis and antimicrobial therapy for genitourinary complaints. British Journal of Urology. 1998 March;81(3):370-6.
Hennenfent BR and Feliciano Jr. AE: Clinical Remission of Chronic Refractory Pelvic Symptoms in Three Men. Digital Journal of Urology. 1998 July. http://www.duj.com/Article/Hennenfent1/Hennenfent.html
Hennenfent BR and Feliciano AN: Release of Obstructive Prostatic Disease and Improvement of Erectile Dysfunction by Repetitive Prostatic Massage and Antimicrobial Therapy. Digital Journal of Urology. 1998 October. http://www.duj.com/Article/Hennenfent2/Hennenfent2.html
Nickel JC, Downey J, Feliciano Jr. AE, and Hennenfent BR: Repetitive prostatic massage therapy for chronic refractory prostatitis: the Philippine experience. Techniques in Urology. 1999 September;5(3):146-51.
Hennenfent BR, Garcia BS, and Feliciano Jr. AE: Symptom Improvement and Transrectal Ultrasound-Documented Reduction of Prostate Size after Repetitive Prostatic Massage and Antimicrobial Therapy. Journal of Pelvic Surgery. 2002 September;8(5): 265-269.
Hennenfent BR, Lazarte AR, and Feliciano Jr. AE: Repetitive Prostatic Massage and Drug Therapy as an Alternative to Transurethral Resection of the Prostate. Medscape General Medicine. 2006 October;8(4):19.
Hennenfent BR, de Vera E, and Feliciano Jr. AE: Symptom Remission And Improved WBC And RBC Counts In Men With Chronic Genitourinary Complaints Treated With Repetitive Prostatic Massage, Antimicrobials, and Medical Therapy. The Internet Journal of Urology. 2006;4(1).
Hennenfent BR and Hickman CJ: Patient-perceived Efficacy of Prostatic Massage as a Treatment Modality for Prostatitis, Prostatodynia, and BPH: An Exploratory Study. Infections in Urology, 2000;13(6):148-164.
Hennenfent BR: Prostatitis and benign prostatic hyperplasia: emerging infectious diseases? Emerging Infectious Diseases. 1997 Jan-Mar;3(1):77-8.
Letters by Bradley Hennenfent, MD
Hennenfent, BR: Genitourinary consequences of radical prostatectomy. Journal of the American Medical Association. 2000 Jun 14;283(22):2932-3.
Hennenfent BR: Pathological staging and biochemical recurrence after neoadjuvant androgen deprivation therapy in combination with radical prostatectomy in clinically localized prostate cancer. British Journal of Urology. 1998 Jul;82(1):166.
Hennenfent BR: The economics of urological care in the 21st century. Urology. 1996 Feb;47(2):285-6.
Books by Dr. Hennenfent
Hennenfent, Bradley. The Prostatitis Syndromes: Approaches to Treating Bacterial Prostatitis, Non-Bacterial Prostatitis, Prostatodynia, Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, Sexual Dysfunction, Bashful Bladder Syndrome, Waking At Night to Urinate, And Possibly Preventing Prostate Cancer (First Edition). Normal, Illinois: The Prostatitis Foundation. May 4, 1996.
Hennenfent, Bradley. Surviving Prostate Cancer Without Surgery. Roseville, Illinois: Roseville Books. January 15, 2005.
Hennenfent, Bradley. The Prostatitis Syndromes 2nd Edition. This book is nearing completion in 2010.