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1. Dr. Patrick Walsh's Guide to Surviving
2. You Can Beat Prostate Cancer
3. Prostate Cancer Survivors Speak
4. How We Survived Prostate Cancer:
5. Prostate Cancer for Dummies
6. Johns Hopkins Patients' Guide
7. Prostate and Cancer: A Family
8. 100 Q&A About Prostate Cancer,
9. The Cleveland Clinic Guide to
10. The ABC's of Prostate Cancer:
11. American Cancer Society's Complete
12. Conquer Prostate Cancer: How Medicine,
13. A Primer on Prostate Cancer: The
14. Saving Your Sex Life: A Guide
15. Invasion of the Prostate Snatchers:
16. Surviving Prostate Cancer Without
17. 100 Questions and Answers About
18. Dr. Peter Scardino's Prostate
19. Intimacy With Impotence: The Couple's
20. Prostate & Cancer: A Family

1. Dr. Patrick Walsh's Guide to Surviving Prostate Cancer, Second Edition
by Patrick C. Walsh, Janet Farrar Worthington
Paperback: 592 Pages (2007-06-27)
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Asin: 0446696897
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Each year, more than 200,00 American men are diagnosed with prostate cancer.The good news is that more men are being cured of this disease than ever before.

Now in a revised second edition, this lifesaving guide by Dr. Patrick Walsh and ard-winning science writer Janet Farrar Worthington offers a message of hope to every man facing this illness.Prostate cancer is a different disease in every man--which means that the right treatment varies for each man.Giving you a second opinion from the world's top experts in surgery, pathology, urology, and radiation and medical oncology, this book helps you determine the best plan for you.Learn:

  • What causes prostate cancer--your risk factors, including heredity, diet, and environment

  • How some simple changes in your diet and lifestyle can help prevent or delay the disease

  • Why the digital rectal exam and PSA test can save your life--and when to get these tests

  • The latest treatment options: from Dr. Walsh's "nerve-sparing" radical prostatectomy to new radiation techniques, laparoscopic procedures, and new drugs that are revolutionizing treatment of advanced cancer

  • The most effective methods for maintaining continence and potency after treatment.

"The ultimate book on the No. 1 men's disease in the world...should be in every man's home." --USA Today

"Comforting, encouraging...a must-read for women, men, and families...tells you everything you need to know."--Elizabeth Dole

"Dr. Walsh is widely regarded as the nation's finest prostate surgeon...Very current...thoroughgoing primer on the disease, full of accessible but detailed explanations." --Washington Post

Patrich C. Walsh, MD, the world's foremost authority on prostate cancer, is the Distinguished Service Professor of Urology at the Brady Urological Institute of the The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in Baltimore, Maryland.Dr. Walsh was honored as the 2007 National Physician of the Year for Clinical Excellence by Americas Top Doctors.

Janet Farrar Worthington is an award-winning science writer. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Good info on prostate cancer
Dr. Walsh's book has been very helpful as my husband has gone through the process of finding out he has prostate cancer, to having a prostatectomy.He is going to have radiation soon, and the book explains all the options, and what to expect before, during and after each treatment.My husband's Dr. recommended it, and we have referred to it often.

5-0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT FOR THE LAYMAN
This is an excellent book on prostate cancer. It was recommended by our physician and is a great guide for the patient who is having to make treatment choices. Clearly written, easy to understand, good explanations, couldn't be better. It is good to have this information at hand as it reaffirmed my husband's choice concerning treatment options. It clearly informed him of the risks and benefits of each treatment and addressed the best treatment plan for his rating of prostate cancer. Again, an excellent book, well written and easy for the average person to understand.

5-0 out of 5 stars Surviving Prostrate Cancer
Most interesting reading and of GREAT importance to me.Still in the process of getting through the book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Dr Patrick Walsh's Surviving Prostate Cancer
My husband recently was told he has Prostate Cancer. We were told to buy this book to learn about what procedures could help him. Sept. 7 we have and appt. with one of the Doctors mention in the book at John's Hopkins as this is written buy Dr. Walsh and his fellow Doctors. If you want to understand each step of the way buy this book. It is so very helpful. Patt Gajdek

5-0 out of 5 stars surviving prostate cancer
My Urologist/ Surgeon who performed a robotic laproscopic radical prostatectomy on me, was trained by this wonderful man, Dr. Patrick Walsh at Johns Hopkins. All the questions I couldn't think of when I was with my doctor, the answers to your questions are in this book. I recommend this book to anyone with questions about prostate cancer. ... Read more

2. You Can Beat Prostate Cancer
by Robert J. Marckini
Paperback: 256 Pages (2007-02-21)
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Asin: 061514022X
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The task of choosing the right prostate cancer treatment is daunting. It is further complicated by conflicting information the patient receives from physicians and the Internet. This book is written by a prostate cancer survivor who now runs an internatio ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars If you have questions about prostate cancer treatments read this book!
If you have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, know or love someone who has, or have concerns about prostate cancer due to a family history, you must read Bob Marckini's book.It is an absolute wealth of information written by an intelligent, inquisitive engineer and spelled out in laymen's terms that anyone can understand.You'll know what questions to ask and be much better informed about the answers you are, or are not receiving.As a resource tool alone it is a treasure for where to find additional information.The writer admits to a bias for proton treatment and for good reason.Read his book and you'll understand why.I did and was about to make a decision between robotic assisted surgery and proton treatment.I was leaning heavily toward proton treatment when I received a phone call that changed everything.

Because of the advice in Bob's book I understood the pathology report on my biopsy slides was subjective and should be read by two different laboratories.One of the many resources in the book was a list of a few of the premier labs in the country.I took this advice and sent my slides off just to confirm if the cancer was any worse, or better than indicated on the first report.The call I received was from Dr. Epstein, the Director of Surgical Pathology at Johns Hopkins, telling me "you do not have cancer".What I do have is an amended pathology report and a letter of apology from the first pathologist.Read the book, question everything, question everyone and then act on it.Whatever course of treatment you select, you'll have the confidence and convection you're making an informed decision that you can live with.

5-0 out of 5 stars Surgery is OVERTREATMENT they won't tell you but Bob will.
This book is a MUST READ!If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Prostate Cancer you will not regret it!This book is a true treasure map to figuring out the MANY treatment options available and ALL of the pros/cons for them....The author footnotes statistics from medical journals showing that all of the treatment options have the same basic results for a cure but many different outcomes of SIDE effects and caliber of life AFTER treatment!Being recently diagnosed this year (2010) with PC myself as a 42 year old, I know firsthand how confusing all of the treatment options can be.I also know firsthand how each doctor in their prospective fields ranging from surgery to radiation can also be salesmen towards THEIR specialty which may or MAYNOT be in YOUR best interest!This book clamed my fears, settled my nerves and put me on a path that I know will cure me and leave me with the best possible outcome concerning the side effects.You will have to look for yourself but statistics don't lie....No doctor gave me anything close to what Robert J. Marckini (the author) did by arming me with this vital information!Kudos Bob!

5-0 out of 5 stars After reading Boberts book my decision which treatment to choose was easy and fast
Shortly after retiring from a major fire department with 38 years of service, a routine blood test showed a high PSA score.Soon tests showed I had stage two PC.Of course right to internet and WOW lots of treatments from Watchful waiting to removal, and several other treatments.Needless to say i did not know what any of the treatments entailed, such as success, and most important to me was after cancer life style.

A friend advised me to read "YOU CAN BEAT PROSTATE CANCERand ... by Robert Marckini. After reading Bob's book the correct treatment for me jumped out of book with absolute certainty.

I won't say which treatment WE chose, but I just had my six month checkup after treatment and my PSA was down to .071.In addition I have full control of my bladder functions, no dripping or diapers, no loss of sexual functions.

Thanks to my friend and to Robert Marckini and the medical provider I am cancer free.

JP Harris
San Diego, CA

5-0 out of 5 stars Every page was of value to me. Every page.
I did not skim over any of this outstanding book.I read every page and I found value in every single page.Like the author, Bob Marckini, I am a "recovering engineer."Although retired, I still think logically and I naturally enjoy solving problems.He does that too.It's genetic.I like facts, not fiction.And I appreciate his balanced comparison of alternative treatment methods.

Don't misunderstand.There is humor.And there are interesting stories to make his points.All of it is well done.I now understand all the major treatment options along with their advantages and disadvantages. I know I have to look out for myself.Now I am way better equipped to do that. Most importantly, I learned about Proton Treatment.It is a miracle of medicine and engineering.And that is the treatment I intend to seek.But you can decide for yourself.It is a great read and a fine reference book.

Hank in Florida

5-0 out of 5 stars An Indespensible Resource for the Prostrate Cancer Patient
Robert Marckini's book, "You can beat Prostrate Cancer" is a superb collection of practical information and advice for the patient diagnosed with prostrate cancer. It is written from the point of view of a patient with prostrate cancer and how he can overcomes this disease through treatment from Proton Therapy. Mr Marckini offers the patient advice on how to take charge of his treatment and advocates the use of proton therapy for qualified prostrate cancer patients to reduce pain and discomfort associated with the side effects of prostrate cancer treatment. I highly recommend "You can beat Prostrate Cancer" to anyone concerned about this disease. ... Read more

3. Prostate Cancer Survivors Speak Their Minds: Advice on Options, Treatments, and Aftereffects
by Arthur L. Burnett II, Norman Morris
Paperback: 256 Pages (2010-03-29)
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Personal stories show men how to make the right decisions for themselves, with medical insights from a leading Johns Hopkins authority on prostate cancer

If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, you want to know the facts about treatment options as well as what to expect through the process of treatment and recovery.

Written by Dr. Arthur L. Burnett, II. one of the world's most distinguished authorities on prostate cancer and veteran CBS News journalist and prostate cancer survivor, Norman Morris, Prostate Cancer Survivors Speak Their Minds gives you the information you need through the experiences of men who have had prostate cancer. Dr. Burnett speaks openly and honestly about prostate cancer options, treatments, and aftereffects and shares stories of both well-known and ordinary prostate cancer survivors who offer their personal reflections on going through treatment and getting well.

  • Includes personal stories from notable prostate cancer survivors such as Arnold Palmer, Ken Griffey Sr., Pat Robertson, and others
  • Takes an authoritative look at prostate cancer treatments, current and promising  scientific breakthroughs, and life-altering side effects
  • Author Arthur Burnett, a leading prostate cancer expert, is the Patrick C. Walsh Professor of Urology, Cellular and Molecular Medicine at the Johns Hopkins's James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute and is renowned for his research studies that led to the formulation of Viagra
  • Offers solutions to common side effects such as sexual problems and incontinence

Combining the essential medical facts about prostate cancer with personal, intimate stories told by courageous men who have survived it, this book is an invaluable guide for men diagnosed with prostate cancer and those who care about them. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Must have reading!
This book is a "must have" for anyone diagnosed or caring for someone who is diagnosed with Prostate Cancer. Even though I have already had the surgery I found the book to be very helpful when discussing the disease with friends and colleagues. It takes a lot of soul searching to come up with the right course of treatment to follow. The many different experiences related here could make a difference in the way you feel or reassure you that you are on the right track. I found the detail to be very true to my experience and I only wish I had this book 4 years ago when I was diagnosed.
The one thing that I brought away from my reading was that I was not alone, and that was the major thought in my mind when the call came in from my Urologist! I urge anyone who has or supports someone who has prostate cancer to read this book!

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Support for newly diagnosed.
My husband appreciated the first hand reports of individuals who had been through the different options for a "cure". Their experiences helped him to decide the treatmenthe is going to use. ... Read more

4. How We Survived Prostate Cancer: What We Did and What We Should Have Done
by Victoria Hallerman
Paperback: 240 Pages (2009-01-13)
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Asin: 1557048193
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Finally, a much-needed voice for the spouses and partners of prostate cancer survivors--an unflinchingly honest and beautifully written memoir about one couple's struggles and transformation that serves as a guide for others dealing with the disease.

* Prostate cancer is the most common cancer, other than skin cancers, in American men.
* 90% of the 190,000 men diagnosed annually will be cured.
* 2 million men currently live as survivors.

Though many sources exist for men dealing with this dreaded disease, their partners are often left on their own to figure out how to deal with personality changes and sudden "male menopause," how to redefine love and intimacy, and how to deal with side effects of the treatment.

Victoria Hallerman, an accomplished poet, writes candidly about her and her husband's experience over the last five years, including sections in his voice as well. A manual for surviving what treatments can do to a marriage, her book is both a compelling narrative and a supportive and informational guidebook. It's sure to be a boon to the enormous and ever-growing group of wives and partners of prostate cancer survivors who, like the author, need to be able to answer the question "Who are we now?" ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars How We Survived Prostate Cancer: What We Did and What We Should Have Done
This book was an excellent guide for us. I ordered it the day we found out my husband had prostate cancer, and it helped us tremendously in making the decision on how to treat him. Ms. Hallerman covers all the treatment modalities, discusses the positive and negative aspects, and opening discusses the emotional effects of both having the disease and being a caretaker/helpmate of the patient. My husband is anticipating his surgery with substantially less fear than he had prior to our reading the book, and I am feeling very confident that our decision was the right one. I highly recommend this book!

3-0 out of 5 stars Let's blame everyone else for what we experience
The author and her husband were living in a perfect world before prostate cancer appeared.From the second the husband broke the news to her (belatedly, under the guise of "protecting her"), it became a voyage of despair and nightmares of doctors who supposedly didn't care about them and supposedly didn't give them all the info they needed.They resent not being warned about changing emotional states and other treatment options.I guess it's good to know that there are such elements to consider when going through the process, but acceptance should make all these things easier to swallow, rather than resistance and blaming at every turn... perhaps the book would appeal more to couples with an axe to grind over this very natural and common form of cancer.

5-0 out of 5 stars review book
very good book, clearly written. pretty depressing if you read it after you have selected treatment and it failed, so make sure you read it before you select your treatment.

HOW WE SURVIVED PROSTATE CANCER is a guide, a psychologist and a medical primer to everything you need to know. This beautifully written book holds your hand, points out the icy patches and guides you through the confusing maze of differing opinions, treatment choices and approaches to dealing with the diagnosis.

Victoria Hallerman examines the emotional and physical fallout of each of the choices she and Dean made during this stressful time. She also carefully describes how they each dealt with having made some, ultimately, unfortunate choices and how this affected their relationship.

If you're in this situation, How WE SURVIVED PROSTATE CANCER is the best possible choice you can make. It may, for you, be the neon-colored cone that prevents you from sinking into an enormous pothole on a very rough road.

5-0 out of 5 stars I thought this book was excellent, even before my own diagnosis.
My first reaction to this excellent book was one of admiration that Hallerman could construct at once a moving personal account of a marriage under siege of health crisis, a constructive guide to intelligently navigating a daunting sea of doctors, treatments and medical decisions and an invaluable resource for treatment information, support groups and internet research.This was as an objective reader and acquaintance of Ms. Hallerman.
But when I received my own diagnosis of prostate cancer shortly after this first reading, I hurried back to the book with a new appreciation of her step by step approach to making my own decisions; the wealth of information gathered in one book; the brilliant inclusion of her husband's thoughts and experiences and her steadfast insistence on getting multiple opinions and not settling for a doctor I wasn't comfortable with.
I credit her book with my own decision to switch to my `second opinion' doctor when I was under whelmed by my diagnosing surgeon and his recommendation for a radiation oncologist.I sent a copy to my GP and he said that reading Hallerman's account of her husband's hormone deprivation therapy `changed his mind' about his absolute endorsement of its use.
This book is recommended for anyone making tough medical decisions as a couple and required reading for prostate cancer sufferers and their partners.
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5. Prostate Cancer for Dummies
by Paul H. Lange, Christine Adamec, Christine Adamec
Paperback: 384 Pages (2003-04-01)
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Asin: 0764519743
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Hearing that you have prostate cancer, or even that you may have it, is very scary. But this disease, in many cases, is curable. Even if you have advanced cancer that's spread beyond the prostate, many treatments help extend your life for years. You need good information to help you with the decisions that lie ahead, and this book provides you with this information.

Prostate Cancer For Dummies can help you if

  • You have prostate cancer (or you think that you have it), or someone close to you has it.
  • You want information on treatments for prostate cancer as you form a treatment plan with your doctor.
  • You are curious about alternative therapies for prostate cancer.
  • You want to know what actions you can take over the long-term to continue to fight your prostate cancer.

Prostate Cancer For Dummies explains the key issues and problems that are associated with prostate cancer, and assures you that, thought the initial impact of being diagnosed is devastating, you can take action to extend your life.

You don't have to read this book from the first page straight on through, although you can. You may want to read the first chapter and then move to the chapters that affect you the most. In Prostate Cancer For Dummies, you'll gain insight into

  • Discovering the key symptoms of prostate cancer
  • Recognizing the risk factors, and who's most likely to have prostate cancer
  • Getting a diagnosis, and what's involved
  • Getting well again, and how you can work with your doctor to come up with a plan to cope with your cancer
  • Changing your lifestyle to decrease your risk of a recurrence
  • Coping with the aftermath, from temporary to permanent side effects
  • Handling work and family, and how to help others understand what you're going through

It's extremely hard to hear from your doctor that you or a loved one has prostate cancer. But after you recover from the initial shock of diagnosis, you need to educate yourself, and, with the help of your physician, make a plan for getting the best treatment possible. Prostate Cancer For Dummies will help you achieve these goals and encourage you to maintain your commitment to managing your health. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Information that is easily read and informative+
This product is an informative guide to someone that needs this information. The book is a primer to aid in the more technical
and indepth questions you may ask your doctor.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Common Sense Explanation of Prostate Cancer
When I was diagnosed with prostate cancer back in 2003, I panicked and tried to get all information necessary about prostate cancer. Somehow, I found this book at a big bookstore and I purchased it because the other books on prostate cancer were eithe too wordy or too hard to understand. This book told me all I wanted to know in such an easy way for a layman like me could understand. I highly recommended and I purchased this book for a friend who was just recently diagnosed. If you like the "simple, common sense, and real understanding" of prostate cancer, read this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Buy this book before you do anything
Absolutely the best source of information on Prostate Cancer and I've bought and read most of them. Easy to read and straight forward for all readers.So don't make any decisions until you read this book.I'm a health care professional and even I benefited from this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent for the Newly Informed Cancer Patient, BUT CAUTION!
I freaked out when I was told by my urologist, just a few months ago, that my biopsy showed prostate cancer and---by the way---would I like to be put on his surgery schedule for next month!This is a fabulous book and one I throughly recommend for the newly diagnosed man who is reeling from the shock of getting this rotten news and not sure what to do.HOWEVER, the book is written by an American surgeon and that means a heavy bias toward treatment for everyone (even low risk cancers) and preferably surgery.It turned out, in my case, that the cancer is less aggressive than my urologist was leading me to believe (get that second opinion!).Monitoring the cancer for changes is a defensible strategy for avoiding the awful side effects of ANY of the treatments for prostate cancer, if your cancer is at a low to medium risk.All that said, this is still a great book and covers most all the bases.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Informative Primer on Prostate Cancer
My husband was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1999.He has had two cryo ablation procedures and yet still has the cancer (confined to the prostate).Having worked for a well-known urologist for many years, I feel Dr. Lange's book is the best literature we have read over the years and has helped answer the many questions we have had in language my husband can understand.Our urologist, however, spends a great deal of time with us explaining everything. ... Read more

6. Johns Hopkins Patients' Guide to Prostate Cancer (The Johns Hopkins Patients' Guide)
by Arthur L. Burnett
Paperback: 152 Pages (2010-01-20)
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The Johns Hopkins Patients Guide to Prostate Cancer is a concise, easy-to-follow how to guide that puts you on a path to wellness by explaining prostate cancer treatments from start to finish. It guides you through the overwhelming maze of treatment decisions, simplifies the complicated schedule that lies ahead, and provides valuable tools to help you to put together your plan of care. Empower yourself with accurate, understandable information that will give you the ability to confidently participate in the decision making about your care and treatment. ... Read more

7. Prostate and Cancer: A Family Guide to Diagnosis, Treatment, and Survival
by Sheldon Marks MD
Paperback: 384 Pages (2009-06-30)
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Asin: 0738213470
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers affecting American men, with over 186,000 new cases diagnosed in the United States annually; 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. Renowned prostate cancer specialist Sheldon Marks offers the definitive guide for men concerned about or diagnosed with prostate cancer, and for their families.

Since the third edition (2003), there have been significant changes in treatment and resources. Working with Dr. Judd Moul, the Chairman of Urology at Duke and one of the world’s top experts on prostate cancer, Marks provides the most up-to- date information on diagnosis, treatment, and common questions.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Good Info
This is a good book that details lots of information and possiblities.It needs to be updated as the treatment options are changing rapidly for this disease.

5-0 out of 5 stars Current
Not something I would read in front of a fire on a cold night for entertainment, but the best source of up to date material on the subject of the prostate.Compared to two other books this one is far and above the most detailed and concice.If you only read one book on this subject, this should be the one.

4-0 out of 5 stars Dr. Marks on Prostrate Cancer
Dr. Marks' book was recommended to me by my Urologist just after he told me that I had prostate cancer.It is an excellent first book for anyone who has just learned that he has prostate cancer, as I did, or for a family member or friend who has just learned.For a little more detail, after reading Marks' book, one might read the book on prostate cancer by Dr. Patrick Walsh of Johns Hopkins.With those two books, I felt as though I had a good understanding of the background, pros, and cons of the treatments available.If one is leaning toward radiation treatment, he might also want to read a book written by a doctor who provides radiation treatment.

1-0 out of 5 stars Biased and inaccurate
While this book provides much information that is helpful and accurate, and in a good Q&A format, readers should know that the author has a clear bias towards surgery versus other approaches and includes some misinformation.For patients trying to get objective, unbiased information to make reasonable choices between RP (surgery), RT (usually brachytherapy for early stage), or active surveillance, this is not a helpful resource. In particular, the author appears unaware of the use of active surveillance for younger patients with low Gleason sum, low PSA, and early stage -- surveillance that, despite what the author says, does include biopsies every six months (preferably with more than 12 cores) as well as PSA and digital exam several times a year.There are better books and better information out there.Google the topic and find recent articles in Oncology magazine (October 2009).

5-0 out of 5 stars Prostate and Cancer: A Family Guide to Deagnosis,Treatment,
Prostate and Cancer: A Family Guide to Diagnosis, Treatment, and SurvivalIfound the book very informitive, and well written for a layman to understand, It was written in a question and answer foremat and seemed to ask and answer questions that a man or his family woould want to know about Prostate Cancer. I would recommend this book to any man and his family . I think that after they read the book they would feel less alarmed about Prostrate Cancer and what they can do to help cure or stop the cancer from spreading/ ... Read more

8. 100 Q&A About Prostate Cancer, 2nd Edition (100 Questions & Answers about . . .)
by Pamela Ellsworth
Paperback: 248 Pages (2008-12-03)
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EMPOWER YOURSELF! Whether you're a newly diagnosed prostate cancer patient, a survivor, or a friend or relative of either, this book offers help. The only text to provide both the doctor's and patient's point of view, 100 Questions and Answers About Prostate Cancer gives you authoritative, practical answers to your questions about treatment options, post-treatment quality of life, sources of support, and much more. The updated Second Edition provides a comprehensive, step-by-step discussion of what you can expect in the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer, while patient commentary gives you a real-life understanding of what these steps might mean for your day-to-day life. This book is an invaluable resource for anyone coping with the physical and emotional turmoil of this frightening disease. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars More than I want to know
There is much here to consider.The chapters are logical and information is easy to find.Thumb nail essentials are the first part of each chapter.This book cuts down on the time it takes for explanations and will help me with my treatment decisions. This is a hard topic to think about but, more knowledge is some comfort. ... Read more

9. The Cleveland Clinic Guide to Prostate Cancer (Cleveland Clinic Guides)
by Eric Klein
Paperback: 160 Pages (2009-08-04)
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Expert medical advice from one of the nation’s top-ranked hospitals for urology and cancer care

This year, more than 230,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, while 1 in 6 men will fight prostate cancer in their lives. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men over age 50.

In The Cleveland Clinic Guide to Prostate Cancer, Dr. Eric A. Klein, ranked one of America’s best doctors, offers men the substantive information they need to prevent, treat, and even live well with prostate cancer. This excellent resource gives readers the trusted medical guidance Dr. Klein offers his patients, including:

  • The best diagnostic tests, new therapies, and medications currently being tested in clinical trials
  • Insight into the treatments that have been shown to be the most successful
  • Specific information about how to take charge of their health and live a healthier lifestyle
  • Personal stories of those who have triumphed over prostate cancer
  • Plus, advice on how they can treat this disease without losing their quality of life

Cleveland Clinic is one of the nation’s top-rated hospitals for the treatment of cancer and is top-ranked for urology. ... Read more

10. The ABC's of Prostate Cancer: The Book That Could Save Your Life
by Joseph Oesterling
Paperback: 356 Pages (1997-06-25)
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The facts every man needs to know, as well as testimonials of hope and inspiration from over 50 well known survivors of prostate cancer. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The ABC's of Prostate Cancer
The ABC's of Prostate Cancer is very good book.
I had Prostate Cancer, and I wanted more information.
I was taking Radiation Therapy. I am now heal of
Prostate Cancer.

5-0 out of 5 stars ABC'S of prostate cancer
Reading this book has convinced me in the positive decision that I have made concerning the cancer.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not the best at all and unnecessarily demoralizing in places
As the wife of a man just diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer, I found this book very disturbing because it seems to over-emphasize deaths and tragedies and not survivors in many places.For example, in the section on how prostate cancer impacts spouses and daughters, there were nine women's stories--five of whom had their men die of prostate cancer, two of whom had upsetting stories about advanced prostate cancer, and only two with men who had had locally confined prostate cancer and seemed to do alright.Since 13 percent of all men are diagnosed with prostate cancer and only 2-3 percent of all men die from it, this seemed to be a VERY VERY unbalanced treatment.

More than 80 percent of men who are diagnosed with prostate cancer DO NOT DIE FROM it according to my reading--but in this book more than half of the examples of the men in the women's lives did die! I was looking for people who had gone through what I can expect to go through and instead read A LOT about a minority who suffered horribly ("The last five years have been a whirlwind of anger, fear, uncertainty, indifference, anxiety and depression" from one."My future was wiped out . . . Loss of income, lonliness, no companion, no best friend, no lover. Long, lonely evenings, days, weekends. . .Widow"as the CONCLUDING words of another.) This was not helpful to me.And the acocunts from survivors were not in-depth enough on the whole, though I did really like seeing all their names and faces--that in itself was reassuring.But there was only a scant paragraph from Bob Dole, for example.

The book is graphically VERY well done but not as informative overall as the prostate cancer books by either Dr. Walsh of Johns Hopkins or Dr. Loo or Cornell.Both of those gave me more facts, understanding and a more realistic understanding. The ABC's of Prostate Cancer seems designed to have people take prostate cancer seriously and get tested--which I'm all for. It is not the best book for those with early disease to read or even more advanced disease in my opinion since the in-depth profiles are not representative of the frequency and ditribution of prostate survivors.There is also not enough on diet and new treatments.

5-0 out of 5 stars The finest book in its class
The ABCs of Prostate Cancer is simply the finest book in its class. It elegantly and cleanly takes the most difficult concepts and clearly and simply lays them out. The use of graphic is the best I've encountered in apopular medicine book. Dr. Oesterling's devotion to his own father, who hadprostate cancer, is remarkable. This gives any prostate cancer patient asharp and clear edge with the best presentation of the most up to datematerial yet. Nice Job! ... Read more

11. American Cancer Society's Complete Guide to Prostate Cancer
by American Cancer Society
Paperback: 416 Pages (2004-11-01)
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"This comprehensive guide provides the latest information about symptoms, diagnosis, and treatmentoptions as well as practical advice about coping with the healthcare system, insurance providers, and the emotional aspects of the disease. . . . An excellent title."
--Library Journal, May 1, 2005

Written by the top experts in the field, this essential guide provides you with up-to-date, evidence-based information about every aspect of prostate cancer, from who is at risk, to diagnostic tests and treatment, to living well after treatment. American Cancer Society’s Complete Guide to Prostate Cancer explores:

  • The latest advances in prevention, early detection, and treatment
  • The range of treatment options available and their advantages, expected outcomes, and potential side effects
  • How to cope with emotional stresses and potential physical side effects such as incontinence and erectile dysfunction
  • How to maintain quality of life, sexuality, and relationships
  • Practical issues like managing medical records, work, and insurance

Highlighted by personal stories from people affected by prostate cancer, American Cancer Society’s Complete Guide to Prostate Cancer also addresses follow-up care, the risk of recurrence, and scientific advances andpromising research. A special section helps loved ones understand, cope, and provide support.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Complete Guide to Prostate Cancer
The book was described as in "good condition" and indeed it was a pre-used Pierce County Library copy. I would highly recommend this supplier, Thrift Books, the book was a clean copy and it was delivered very promptly within two weeks of placing the order.

5-0 out of 5 stars American Cancer Society's Complete Guide to Prostate Cancer
I think that this is a great book for the men who have prostate cancer, so you can understand the treatments that are available and their side effects.The only drawback that I found was that it was printed in 2005; however, if it's the only copy that you can find, it's worth getting for you library, since the treatments and side effects haven't changed that much between 2005 and 2009.

5-0 out of 5 stars A vitally important addition to every community library Health/Medicine reference collection in the country
Collaborative compiled, organized and edited by the team of Doctors David G. Bostwick (Clinical Professor of Pathology, University of Virginia); E. David Crawford (Associate Director, University of Colorado Comprehensive Cancer City, Aurora, Colorado); Celestia S. Higano (Oncology Specialist, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and Associate Professor, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle); and Mack Roach III (Professor of Radiation Oncology and Urology, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of California, San Francisco), the American Cancer Society's Complete Guide To Prostate Cancer is a single volume compendium providing the non-specialist general reader with all of the up-to-date information available on prostate cancer. Included are the latest advances in prevention, early detection, and treatment of prostate cancer; varied prostate cancer treatments and the decision making process to determine the best one for the reader; coping with emotional stresses and potential physical side effects (including incontinence and erectile dysfunction); practical issues related to work, finance, and medical care; as well as the fundamental quality of life issues after treatment, including sexuality and relationships. With prostate cancer affecting one in six of American men, with more than a quarter of a million American men diagnosed with prostate cancer, the American Cancer Society's Complete Guide To Prostate Cancer is a vitally important addition to every community library Health/Medicine reference collection in the country.

5-0 out of 5 stars Complete Guide to Prostate Cancer by Bostwick MD
This work contains some brand new evaluative factors for prostate cancer. Examples of the factors are:
- age
- hormonal profile
- race (lowest incidence in American Indians and highest
incidence in Afro-Americans
- diet
- weight problems
- occupation

The author spends some time describing the conditions precedent
for prostate cancer. The process starts with microscopic changes in the cellular lining of the prostate. Age plays a role in multiple cancers. The PSA elevation is the classic evaluative test followed by a biopsy of the prostate. There is a nerve sparing prostectomy for lower risk cancers. The high risk cancers
may require the radical retropublic prostatectomy.
This work has a fairly comprehensive description of the current
diagnostic approaches and treatments. Complementary and alternative medicinal approaches could be described for the benefit of the reading audience. Overall, the work will help patients discuss prostate issues intelligently.

1-0 out of 5 stars american cancer society's complete guide to prostate cance
This book was loaned to me from the library of Mass General Hospital. It had absolutely no information on any "alternative treatments" or anything other than the standard treatments which are mostly 40 years old and known to fail to cure prostate cancer. Numerous treatments in current literature are not even in the index. This book is at least 30 years out of date and contains no useful suggestion for anyone with a cancer that might have spread.
They appear to be suppressing information.
Robert MacKeil
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12. Conquer Prostate Cancer: How Medicine, Faith, Love and Sex Can Renew Your Life
by Rabbi Edgar J. Weinsberg
Paperback: 352 Pages (2008-10-16)
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This inspiring physical, emotional, and spiritual guide empowers patients and survivors, including Boomers and Seniors, to face diagnosis with dignity, explore their options realistically, and tackle recovery with optimism and determination.

"Rabbi Weinsberg draws on his own medical ordeal to bring guidance and comfort to others." -- Rabbi Harold Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People

"Successfully wrestles with the concerns of those confronted by prostate cancer." -- Robert Butler, M.D., Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Why Survive? Being Old in America and CEO of the International Longevity Center

The first book to emphasize robotic surgery for prostate cancer from an informed layman's perspective, CONQUER PROSTATE CANCER discusses the latest research and advances in treatment, and profiles twenty patients who chose various treatment options.

As the author and his wife share the most intimate details of their prostate cancer journey, readers learn how to:

-- Become an active member of their medical team
-- Reduce pain and stress and renew vitality
-- Overcome impotence and incontinence
-- Enhance intimate relationships
-- Draw strength from faith, family, and friends

Prominent robotic surgeon Dr. Robert Carey discusses medical and patient-care concerns and the author's wife provides a running commentary, sharing her thoughts about how she and her family coped with the disease and its effects.

With its low-key humor, hopeful tone, and well-researched facts, this book is a powerful tool for surviving prostate cancer, and a valuable resource for prostate cancer patients, survivors, and their loved ones.

The author, Rabbi Ed Weinsberg, is a prostate cancer survivor and rabbi with a doctorate in gerontology from Columbia University. Contributing author Dr. Robert Carey is a prominent urologist and robotic surgeon with a Ph.D. from MIT. Dr. David Kauder, the book's medical advisor, has been a urologist for the past 30 years and is a past president of the Massachusetts Association of Practicing Urologists.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Not Just for PC
Rabbi Weinsberg has provided such useful information in this book, that I recommend it even if the health challenge being faced is something other than prostate cancer. The natural health suggestions he makes, the relaxation techniques he describes, are useful for everyone, especially someone about to undergo surgery. Most of all, as a sex educator and couples' coach, I applaud and appreciate his open discussion of the sexual experiences and struggles that accompanied his journey to wellness. He and his wife, in their admirable desire to help others, courageously reveal what normally stays hidden behind closed doors. In so doing, they encourage readers to more comfortably relate to their own sexual situation and to explore ways to improve it.

Diana Daffner, CS, M.A.
Author, Tantric Sex for Busy Couples: How to Deepen Your Passion in Just Ten Minutes a Day

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent information source
A well-written, well researched, and well-balancedaccountdescribing a patient's encounter with the diagnosis of prostate cancer. Thedilemma of multiple treatment choices and variable quality of life outcomes are described so as to aid fellow patients in their decision process. I have read the other reviews and the praise is unanimous.

Paul Schellhammer MD

5-0 out of 5 stars Lucid and Credible
This book is very clear and lucid to read. It is just the type of book you want to share with others because it is written with candor, humor, a holistic approach to healing rendered most credible through personal experience with the subject and useful input from medical experts and current researchers in the field.

Rev. Dr. Marvin R. Wilson
Professor of Biblical Studies
Gordon College, Wenham, MA

5-0 out of 5 stars Prostate cancer affects thousands of men every year, but it isn't a death sentence
Prostate cancer affects thousands of men every year, but it isn't a death sentence. "Conquer Prostate Cancer: How Medicine Faith, Love, and Sex Can Renew Your Life" is a guide for living with prostate cancer and fighting it as well. With much advice on doing what one can on the medical front, as well as making everyday life more liveable, Rabbi Ed Weinsberg shows much wisdom and sly wit in encouraging his readers to embrace life in their battle. "Conquer Prostate Cancer" is a fine present for anyone faced with the diagnosis.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for Prostate Cancer Patients
This book is a must read for any guy diagnosed with early stage prostate cancer.I received it as a gift and ended up e-mailing Rabbi Ed to thank him for writing it.I received the book after having made my treatment decision to undergo laparoscopic robotic prostatectomy.I still had serious doubts and worries about the surgery and more so about its aftermath.The book is most informative and really put me at ease with my decision.

Early stage prostate cancer is unique in that the patient generally must decide upon the method of treatment.This was a decision I struggled with for weeks.If I had read the book at that time I believe the selection process would have been much less difficult.If you have been recently diagnosed I wish you well and implore you to read this book.I plan to tell my urologist to recommend it to future patients
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13. A Primer on Prostate Cancer: The Empowered Patient's Guide
by Stephen Strum, Donna L. Pogliano
Paperback: 368 Pages (2005-02-28)
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¡§A Primer on Prostate Cancer, The Empowered Patient¡¦s Guide¡¨ is a basic resource to be used by patients and physicians when there has been a diagnosis of prostate cancer.It outlines a strategy of disease management that is designed to maximize outcomes for the patient and his loved ones.All aspects of diagnosis and testing are discussed; all currently approved treatments for prostate cancer are described.Discussion of treatment options includes information on side effects and includes questions the patient may not think to ask his doctor. Discussions of various treatments include the salvage therapies that might be employed if primary treatment fails. There is an extensive section on the theory and practice of androgen deprivation therapy in it¡¦s various forms, since many patients have need of this type of information.There is a discussion of ¡§Treatments on the Horizon¡¨ for the patient who is interested in the ongoing research in the world of prostate cancer.This is a current, comprehensive guide to prostate cancer presented in understandable terms with a user-friendly color format that will help the reader educate himself about prostate cancer.The book strives to help patients and their loved ones to combat ignorance and fear, replacing that with the empowerment of education. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Not Great
Did not read like a Primer to me. Nowhere near as good as Dr Walsh's book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Information is Power
This book is perhaps the best book of its genre in describing prostate cancer and the various forms of treatment for prostate cancer.

When a man is diagnosed with prostate cancer, he will be surprised to learn that there are a variety of treatment modalities.This book is excellent in that it lists all the available treatment modalities, lists the possible side-effects of each treatment, explains the diagnostic tests for prostate cancer, and writes extensively on which prostate cancers respond to which therapies the best.

The most confusing thing to a patient with prostate cancer is how to treat it.One needs to understand the type of cancer they have (the staging of the cancer tumor(s), how diagnostic tests are interpreted and what they mean, and then what treatment options are best for the specific cancer one has.This is where this book excels, as it thoroughly explains the entire process and informs the reader of all the various options that are available to treat prostate cancer.

Ultimately, knowledge is power in the issue of prostate cancer, so the informed patient is able to make the best decision to treat his cancer.This book will help you choose the best treatment.There are real and potentially serious life-altering side-effects to cancer therapy.One needs to know these adverse outcomes before making an informed decsion on treatment.I highly recommend this book as it does empower the man with prostate cancer to make these important decisons.After reading this book, you will have a sound knowledge of prostate cancer and the options for treatment.It is very reader-friendly and all medical terms and tests are explained in a manner that can be understood.It is required reading for anyone with prostate cancer.

Highly recommended.

Jim Koenig

4-0 out of 5 stars All patients should read
Well organized and illustrated. Especially helpful for early stages of diagnosis and in meeting family member's concerns. I wish I'd had it sooner.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book
The book is really well written.It is chock full of information...figures, web links, and references.Great place to start to educate one's self if newly diagnosed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Invaluable Prostate Cancer Book
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A Primer on Prostate Cancer: The Empowered Patient's Guide, 2nd Ed.
Stephen B. Strum, M.D. and Donna Pogliano
Hollywood, FL: Life Extension Foundation, 2005, 124 pp.
Ranked in the Top Ten of my Cancer Bibliography.
Ranked in the Top Five of my Prostate Cancer Bibliography.

I have surveyed or read so far over 100 cancer books in researching my own book. This ranked in the top 10% in both my categories primarily because of the excellence of its useful and professional content and presentation and the sophisticated level of the discussion. After my prostate cancer diagnosis, quickly learning I would not get enough time with my doctor, I dug deeply into many libraries and web sites. Public libraries are helpful, but severely incomplete and rarely up to date. With a background of two college degrees and Managing Director of a large research corporation, I knew how to do research and began to seek deeper information sources and understanding on cancer and medical websites. Here, also, there are problems: insufficient depth, too general, uncertain or dated reliability, suspect motives and dispersed value in millions of locations. Studies have shown that patients have a lot of trouble finding good material on the web, trying to find diamonds in the rubble. Then, I turned to Amazon and began to build my own library of the best available. This solved my problem.

Dr. Strum is a specialist in prostate cancer. This book is condensed and loaded on almost every page with color diagrams, charts, tables, photos, scans, Physician Notes and medical writing and details I would expect in a med school text. With my previous preparation, I was able to understand and apply almost all of it to my own situation, a great leap forward for a non-scientist. Not every prostate cancer patient will be ready for this, but buy it, refer to it as you do your homework elsewhere and your disease progresses, and it will soon become the core of your understanding and view of your future.

Along with the beautiful, colorful and clear presentations, I loved the several examples that were identical to my own journey, followed by the explanation of choices and exact treatment I have had: what a relief to study, decide and then get the same confirmation from my own doctors as we moved through several stages of diagnosis and treatment; what a thrill to study a photo of a problematic bone scan and compare it to my own favorable, cancer-free scan following treatment.

Your doctors are, of course, the final and up-to-date authority: be well-informed, so you can participate in the decision-making with the experts; but recognize that the busy medical community may not have the time or detailed knowledge of your situation to give it the attention you can. As you go, you will find a number of excellent books like this to guide you. It is important to have current information about the fast-moving science of medicine. That makes it a lot easier to get past the basics, ask good questions and accept or refine the doctor's judgment and recommendations. Seek out and devour books like this one, and you will be miles, perhaps even some time, ahead of most patients. With that confidence, your improved mental attitude will assist in your progress.
John Roberts (www.CanFighters.com)

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14. Saving Your Sex Life: A Guide for Men with Prostate Cancer
by John P Mulhall
Paperback: 307 Pages (2008-09-01)
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In a straightforward style, Dr. John Mulhall guides the reader through the basics of male sexuality, explains the role of testosterone, the functions of the prostate, and the common difficulties men encounter when disease strikes. In plain language, this book spells out the causes and symptoms of prostate disease and diseases of the lower urinary tract and the approach to deal with the aftermath of treatment.
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5-0 out of 5 stars a must read -
This is an up to date book with important information for men with prostate cancer. Dr Mulhall is a practicing physican and not just an author. A must read...

5-0 out of 5 stars Saving your sex life
Saving you sex life is an outstanding book for anyone having surgery or radiation treatments for prostate cancer.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Truth about your sex life and prostate cancer.
I met the author at a prostate cancer convention in Los Angeles, in Sept. 2009.His book was given to every man attending.His seminar was excellent and his book is excellent.
He remained for over two hours after his seminar to answer every man that had a question.He describes himself as a "Penus" doctor.Amen! He tells you everything your urologist neglected to mention.Such as; just because a doctor tells you a certain percentage of men were able to obtain an erection after treatment does not mean they were able to penetrate or complete intercourse.Another:the real side effects from radiation do not show up until after 18 months or two years. Buy the book, for $[...] you will learn how erections and ejaculation works.Most important, you need to read this book before you decide what treatment to get for prostate cancer.I wish I had, but at least now I know what to expect.Get the honest truth about what different treatments will do to you.

4-0 out of 5 stars Prostate Cancer Advocate/Mentor
An excellent, well explained book dealing with the continuing problem experienced by prostate cancer patients and partners but rarely sufficiently explained by physicians treating this insidious men's disease.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must read for anybody with Prostate Cancer
This book is informative and has details that perhaps the doctors didn't tellyou.A must read before deciding on any course of treatment. ... Read more

15. Invasion of the Prostate Snatchers: No More Unnecessary Biopsies, Radical Treatment or Loss of Sexual Potency
by Mark Scholz M.D., Ralph Blum
Hardcover: 320 Pages (2010-08-24)
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Every year almost a quarter of a million confused and frightened American men are tossed into a prostate cancer cauldron stirred by salespeople representing a multibillion-dollar industry. In this flourishing business, the radical prostatectomy is still the most widely recommended treatment option. Yet a recent and definitive study in the New England Journal of Medicine concluded that out of the fifty thousand prostate operations performed annually, more than forty thousand are unjustified. But this is no surprise given that 99 percent of all doctors treating this disease are surgeons or radiation therapists. The appalling fact is that men are still being rushed into a major operation that rarely prolongs life and more than half the time leaves them impotent.

Invasion of the Prostate Snatchers
is a report on the latest thinking in prostate cancer therapy: close monitoring–active surveillance rather than surgery or radiation–should be the initial treatment approach for many men. There are three stages of prostate cancer and this book will provide accurate information about how to distinguish between them: Low-Risk, which requires no immediate treatment; Intermediate-Risk, which will benefit from surgery, radiation, and/or hormonal therapy; and High-Risk, a type that does require immediate treatment with a combination of therapies. In a unique collaboration, doctor and patient provide a wholly new perspective on managing this disease. Ralph Blum’s account of his personal struggle, together with Dr.Mark Scholz’s presentation of newscientific advances, provides convincing evidence that this noninvasive approach can be crucial in preventing tens of thousands of men from being overtreated every year. Invasion of the Prostate Snatchers serves as an indispensable map through the medical minefield of prostate cancer. ... Read more

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In a few words, this book is informative, objective, expert, wise, sound, courageous, reliable and readable!I'm an eleven year veteran of a challenging case, doing very well, and I've benefitted greatly from early versions of the know-how that the authors have packed into this book. I'm confident it will be a game-changer, capitalizing on this decade's research to rewrite the essential strategies and tactics for defeating prostate cancer.

Dr. Mark Scholz, a medical oncologist, is one of the few doctors in the world who specialize in prostate cancer. In our PC survivor/warrior community he is well known for his extraordinarily insightful pioneering work with Drs. Stephen Strum and Richard Lam, and for his talent for communication with patients.The latter is fully evident throughout the pages as well as in that mind-tugging title.I realize that some have found the title bombastic, but in just a few words the title hammers home vital points: many doctors are unwisely aggressive in treating the disease, and too many consequences are unnecessary. Yet the authors persuade us that inaction is also not the answer; rather the best answer, the best treatment (or often active surveillance), is the one that fits the circumstances, especially the degree of risk! Co-author Blum adds a lively style and conveys his "everyman" journey in coping with the disease, a journey that included some key features backed by recent research, including active surveillance, hormonal therapy, color Doppler ultrasound, endo-rectal MRI with spectroscopy, and Combidex imaging.

While the book is a comprehensive guide to decision making, it is exceptionally strong in covering active surveillance, imaging and other technology to assess the cancer, and especially hormonal therapy, which the authors refer to by the somewhat awkward phrase "Testosterone Inactivating Pharmaceuticals," or "TIP". To me, Dr. Scholz is one of the few leading experts in the world on TIP.(My sole therapy has been intermittent triple hormonal blockade.) The chapters on TIP side effects and effective countermeasures, and sections debunking myths, will be especially helpful to many patients with challenging cases. The book is also modular: many of us will want to read straight through, but the chapters stand alone for those with focused interests.

This new "classic" is in a class with "A Primer on Prostate Cancer", and "Beating Prostate Cancer: Hormonal Therapy & Diet."All three belong in the library of the prostate cancer patient, but "Invasion" will be especially useful for men who have not yet been diagnosed and their loved ones. I wholeheartedly recommend it!

4-0 out of 5 stars read this to help ask questions of your doc
this is a good book and because it runs slightly counter to the surgical model it will give you the knowledge necessary to formulate questions for your doc.... a must read if surgery is recommended

5-0 out of 5 stars straight and valueable information re:prostate health
Excellent, helpful information. Purchased because I heard an interview with the author on NPR - well worth reading for honest, reassuring information that helps you to be a full partner in making health decisions with your doctor.

3-0 out of 5 stars honestly, my friend had already made up his mind
I ordered this book to read for myself, and to share with my some very good friends of mine .... a couple, where the man has recently been diagnosed with stage one prostate cancer. I thought this book would be especially helpful to him, because he is so early in the progression of the cancerous cells, and his doctor reassured him that they are slow-growing. He'd already had the biopsy, though, and the doctor's recommendation was to either have the radiation with the "seed" implants, or to have surgery to remove the prostate. Now, it's important that I tell you, this doctor has a fine reputation, a long career, and is trusted here. He is also a personal friend of my friend, so I doubt the doc was telling him to go with these treatments just line the pockets of the medical staff. This doctor, with years of experience, and with his friend in mind, recommended surgery. So, my friend will have the surgery, and he wasn't interested in reading this book about alternative treatments and "living with" the cancer for years, slow-growing or not. He said he wants it out, and he wants to move on with his life, and that's that. He's made up his mind and he doesn't want to muddy the issue.

For people who have not already made a decision about treatment, who want to consider more options, who are afraid of the sexual side effects or the incontinence that can follow surgery, who don't want to go through radiation and suffer those side effects, this is a good book to review. It's a good book for those exploring options, reading with an open mind. A warning, though: don't get caught up in stupid conspiracy theories. The title is too inflammatory, too accusing. Read this in the way of the 12-Step Groups: "take what you want, and leave the rest." Find what is helpful or interesting to you, and ignore the rest. This is a resource, some more information and discussion on the issue, not the new gospel truth.

5-0 out of 5 stars Arm yourself in order to avoid unnecessary treatment
A big Thank you for the first review, by my husband, who also read the book, unfortunately out of a need to do so.

Invasion of he Prostate Snatchers.

This book was written for middle aged and older males dealing with prostate problems in general, and prostate cancer in particular.If you are, and expect to remain, a somewhat typical patient, who goes to the doctor and does exactly what's suggested, this book probably isn't for you.But, if you're open to the reality that management of your healthcare is a partnership between you and the medical professionals you see, this book can be of great value.The main premise is that the urologists who normally treat prostate cancer are primarily surgeons and tend to lean towards treatments that match their skill set - which means surgery.Additionally, most people when confronted with a diagnosis of cancer have the immediate reaction of "get it out of me and get it out of me NOW!"So, many men opt for the surgical removal of the prostate.Often this is not only unnecessary, it also introduces the significant risk of impacting future sexual potency.The reality about most prostate cancer cases is that they are slow growing and many men diagnosed with it will die years later of something unrelated.Immediate, radical action is usually not necessary.The authors contend that many patients will benefit from an initial approach they call "active surveillance".For low risk patients, this involves monitoring and waiting.

This book was relevant and easy to read for several reasons.It was not preachy and did not tell the reader what to do.It presented facts, opinions, options and real world experiences from the perspective of both the patient and the doctor.Alternating chapters were written by Roger Blum, a patient diagnosed with prostate cancer, and Dr Mark Scholz, an oncologist who specializes in treating prostate cancer.It's easy to read from start to finish as both write in styles that are engaging and efficient.

Bottom line:This book presents the likely situations and choices a patient will face when diagnosed with prostate cancer.Each is evaluated for efficacy and risk.The authors encourage patients to take into account their own priorities relating to lifestyle and quality of life.Not concerned about the impact to sexual activity?Maybe surgery is right.Considering testosterone blockers?Tumor will likely stop growing or shrink and PSA levels will go down.But your sex drive will virtually disappear and you'll find yourself crying at the movies or while watching TV way more often than before.But, in the end it has to be your choice as he patient.This book will provide critical information you'll use in making your decisions and, perhaps more importantly, alert you to the questions you need to ask of your doctor in order to make the best choice for your situation.Don't let overtreatment happen to you! ... Read more

16. Surviving Prostate Cancer Without Surgery
by Bradley Hennenfent
Paperback: 334 Pages (2005-01-15)
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The niche bestseller "Surviving Prostate Cancer Without Surgery" begins with the shooting of a urologist and includes a World War II Battle. The book exposes the big lie about radical prostate surgery, is filled with cartoons and simple diagrams, and is written for the average layperson in easy-to-understand style. "Surviving Prostate Cancer Without Surgery" quotes Dr. Gary Onik, M.D., Cryosurgeon and Director of Surgical Imaging at Celebration Health Hospital, Celebration, Florida, who says: "I expect that within five years we will see the death of the radical prostatectomy as a treatment for prostate cancer." The author, Bradley Hennenfent, M.D., has seen five uncles suffer from prostate cancer and his book includes many uplifting stories about less harmful treatments than surgery. Dr. Hennenfent also explains the problem of lies, damn lies, and prostate cancer statistics. The adverse effects of surgery: impotence, sexual dysfunction, incontinence, and urethral strictures are explained in realistic fashion. "Surviving Prostate Cancer Without Surgery" quotes oncologist Dr. Robert Leibowitz of Compassionate Oncology Medical Group, who says: "If radical prostatectomies worked, the data would be there. The reason the data is not there is because radical prostatectomies don't work." Dr. Leibowitz adds: "No prospective randomized trial has ever found radical prostatectomy to be both necessary and effective." Urologist W. Reid Pitts, Jr., M.D., FACS, wrote an outstanding letter-to-the-editor of the "Journal of Urology" lambasting the radical prostatectomy. When interviewed for "Surviving Prostate Cancer Without Surgery," Dr. Pitts said: "Although I did the first ever nerve sparing radical prostatectomy at New York-Cornell Hospital, I've abandoned the radical prostatectomy for my prostate cancer patients. There is always a better treatment option." Dr. Hennenfent co-founded the Prostatitis Foundation (www.prostatitis.org). He also founded the Epididymitis Foundation (www.epididymitisfoundation.org), and the Acoustic Neuroma Foundation (www.acousticneuromafoundation.org). He previously published "The Prostatitis Syndromes." "Surviving Prostate Cancer Without Surgery" quotes urologist Ronald Wheeler, M.D. of the Prostatitis and Prostate Cancer Center, who says: "In my opinion, prostatitis resolution holds the key to the future of prostate cancer resolution." “Two randomized, controlled studies suggest that 95% or more of all prostate cancer surgery done to date, has failed to extend the life of the patient,” says Dr. Bradley Hennenfent M.D., the book’s author. “Surgery should no longer be presented or advertised as a cure-all for prostate cancer,” says Dr. Hennenfent. “My book is all about the options to harmful surgery. “Surviving Prostate Cancer Without Surgery,” details the harm done by surgery, while explaining the pros and cons of watchful waiting, active noninvasive therapy, radiation seed implants, three-dimensional radiation therapy, herbal medications, cryosurgery, and hormone blockade. The website for the book is: www.SurvivingProstateCancerWithoutSurgery.org. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars five years are up
"Surviving Prostate Cancer Without Surgery" quotes Dr. Gary Onik, M.D., Cryosurgeon and Director of Surgical Imaging at Celebration Health Hospital, Celebration, Florida, who says: "I expect that within five years we will see the death of the radical prostatectomy as a treatment for prostate cancer."

Well, it is now 2010, the five years are up and surgery remains the gold standard. I do not get the feeling the author really knows what he's talking about. Treatment depends on many factors (e.g. Gleason, stage, PSA, patient's age etc.). Surgery often is the best option.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent overview of Prostrate Cancer
If you are a man...Read this book. As a prostrate cancer patient, I found this book a very complete and informative overview of all the treatments and conditions men face with this disease. I learned things that neither of my two doctors (a radiation oncologist and a urologist)told me. This is the best overview of prostate cancer conditions to date.The information can guide you to a better life.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book!
This book presents the kind of information you might never otherwise learn and that some actually seek to suppress (note the couple of negative reviews unabashedly trying to steer you away from reading this book, with weak ad hominem attacks).I bought numerous copies of this book and gave them as gifts to friends and family coping with prostate cancer.Dr. Hennefent truly cares about the situation because he had so many loved ones (uncles) suffer from poor treatment decisions for prostate cancer and doesn't want to see others suffer.The information presented is well supported with references to reputable information sources.Prostate cancer victims need to educate themselves and not rely on biased doctors, or any other single source of information, to give them the full picture.This book will help round out whatever other information you may have received and presents much information that is quite surprising.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful!
I bought this book for my father-in-law who was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer.He said it was the best book he had ever read.He finished it in two days.He said it helped him solidify his decision not to have surgery.

5-0 out of 5 stars Worth the price and more!
This should be required reading for every man over 40, much less 50! I learned enough to ask the right questions of the right people after having a cancer diagnosis. My only wish is that I had read it before the doctor said those fatefull words. 5 stars to the author for providing concise, understandabale information concerning the prostate and it's various diseases and the cures. ... Read more

17. 100 Questions and Answers About Prostate Cancer
by Pamela Ellsworth
Paperback: 238 Pages (2003)
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Asin: 0763735736
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Whether you're a newly diagnosed prostate cancer patient, a survivor, or a friend or relative of either, this book offers help. The only text to provide both the doctor's and patient's point of view,'100 Questions &Answers About Prostate Cancer' gives you authoritative, practical answers to your questions about treatment options, post-treatment quality of life, sources of support, and much more. The physician authors, a clinical urologist and a urologic oncologist, provide a comprehensive, step-by-step discussion of what you can expect in the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer, while com­mentary from a prostate cancer survivor gives you a real-life understanding of what these steps might mean for your day-to-day life. This book is an invaluable resource for anyone coping with the physical and emotional tur­moil of this frightening disease. ... Read more

18. Dr. Peter Scardino's Prostate Book, Revised Edition: The Complete Guide to Overcoming Prostate Cancer, Prostatitis, and BPH
by M.D., Peter T. Scardino, Judith Kelman
Paperback: 592 Pages (2010-08-03)
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Asin: 1583333932
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Newly revised, with up-to-the-minute findings: the potentially lifesaving guide to prostate health by one of the world's foremost urologists

Although most men know little about their prostate glands, an overwhelming majority will be affected by prostate problems at some time in their lives. In this groundbreaking book, now updated to include the latest medical break-throughs, world-renowned urology expert Dr.Peter Scardino arms men with the information they need to battle prostate cancer, prostatitis, and benign prostate enlargement (BPH). This updated edition includes new information on the role genetics may play, hormone replacement therapy, new treatments for prostatitis, and more.

With clear illustrations and charts throughout, this book covers everything men should know about prostate health, helping concerned men and their loved ones to:

•interpret complex and often confusing test results and research findings

•adopt proven prevention strategies

•choose among the many available treatment options

•enjoy a satisfying sex life and good urinary function

Dr. Scardino brings his outstanding experience, expertise, and compassionate advice, combined with the latest medical breakthroughs and cutting-edge studies, to provide men with the knowledge and tools they need to live long, healthy lives. ... Read more

19. Intimacy With Impotence: The Couple's Guide To Better Sex After Prostate Disease
by Ralph Alterowitz, Barbara Alterowitz
Paperback: 240 Pages (2004-05-28)
list price: US$15.00 -- used & new: US$7.50
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Asin: 0738207896
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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"[This book is] outstanding, well-written, and should be read by all men and women."--James Lewis, Jr., Ph.D., Executive Director, Education Center for Prostate Cancer Patients

Erectile dysfunction is a frequent consequence of prostate cancer and other prostate disease treatments. Though unwelcome and embarrassing, it doesn't have to end a couple's sex life. Both informative and practical, Intimacy with Impotence gives couples cause for hope. It discusses impotence in lay terms, provides information on the commercial therapies and medications both available and being researched now, and gives practical advice about lovemaking-from getting in the mood to commonsense suggestions to erection-less satisfaction. Written with complete honesty and compassion by a prostate cancer survivor and his wife, this is the essential resource for couples trying to reestablish intimacy and sex in the face of impotence. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A must read
This book is a must read for a couple who has just undergone surgery for prostate cancer.Although I had already read some of the information elsewhere, it would have been handy to have had this resource earlier after surgery.It is also beneficial to have this resource for both patient and spouse.

3-0 out of 5 stars DEE
Our impression of this book is neutral. Books generally are based on the opinion of thier writers. We were hoping for a more "emotional, psychological" approach to the issue. This book makes a fair attempt.

5-0 out of 5 stars Change your perspective of life after PC surgery!!
This book makes you aware of many things nobody told me would happen after I had PC Surgery.Your whole system changes and without help it is difficult to live a normal decent life with your spouse.I should have bought it immediatly after surgery, 3 years ago, but didn't know about it until 2 months ago.
We Survivours of PC should unite to help others with the tremendous resources like this book and many others.Read the book, it will get you back on the right track.Love life is not over after PC!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Helping others
I read this book to assist a friend that is trying to deal with his ED issues. He is single. I think that this book had addressed issues that are faced by married men as well as single men. I would like to see more books on this topic as it relates to single men because I believe that many single men believe that this limits their ability to have a fulfilling relationship with the opposite sex.

5-0 out of 5 stars A book for any couple
My wife and I are in our 70s with children and grand-children. We have had a very happy marriage, but did not really talk alot about our sex life together. I had surgery 18 months ago for prostate cancer and afterwards experienced impotency. This book was immensely helpful in working through this problem. We read sections together and felt that we could have used it years ago. We have better communication now than we ever did. ... Read more

20. Prostate & Cancer: A Family Guide to Diagnosis, Treatment & Survival
by Sheldon Marks MD
Paperback: 360 Pages (1999-12-15)
list price: US$18.50 -- used & new: US$11.08
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Asin: 1555612628
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Each year, more than 40,000 men will die from prostate cancera treatable cancer when it is detected in time! Now, with this revised edition of his best-selling guide for patients and their families, Sheldon Marks, M.D., provides the most up-to-date information on diagnosis and treatment for this cancer.

This updated edition of Prostate & Cancer offers the latest information on alternative and integrative methods used to treat prostate cancer. Marks discusses who is at risk, what is involved in an evaluation, options for treatment, getting a second opinion, your wifes role in the process, plus much more.

Dr. Marks also includes up-to-date information on Viagra and impotence as well as a section on sex and prostate cancer. The diet and nutrition sections are expanded to include current information about antioxidants and specific foods to avoid.

Prostate & Cancer provides the most definitive and current source of information on prostate cancer today and has been chosen by many urologists as suggested reading for their patients.

33 questions you should ask your doctor
Screening and early detection
Noncancerous enlargement of the prostate
Nonsurgical treatment options
Alternative treatmentsbenefits and risks
Support groups and resources for help and information, including Internet sites
Overcoming incontinence
New information on Viagra and other oral pills for impotence
Recovery ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent guide for prostate concerns
We found this book to be an excellent guide, answering our questions or informing us of what to expect before, during and after surgery.Easy to understand and very helpful.A must for any family dealing with prostate or prostate cancer concerns.We recommend the book!

5-0 out of 5 stars Confident Decision
I found this book to be informative, written on a level that is easily understood by the lay person. Reading this book helped me to make decisions regarding my situation with confidence. Would recommend this book to any family facing prostate cancer and also to those men who have a history of prostate cancer in their families.

5-0 out of 5 stars A "Must Have" Working Guide for all men over 50!
This is a wonderful resource for all men aged 50 and over, whether or not you have been diagnosed with prostate cancer. It is organized in a very logical format, from normal male anatomy and physiology to the problems men have which are "benign" and then goes into the entire work-up, diagnosis, treatment and survival options for men with prostate cancer. It has an unbelievable index and is filled with useful information for finding a physician that will listen to your needs and wishes.I especially liked the chapter on diet and nutrition. The entire book is easy to read and understand and is surprisingly positive and hopeful.I was fortunate to receive this book from my doctor, but I am buying and recommending them for everyone I know, now.

4-0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Prostate Cancer Info Book
I was introduced to this book after I had had a radical psostatectomy and spent countless hours researcing the internet.I wish I could have read it early on in my diagnosis and treatment.The book is well organized,clearly written in terms that a layman can readily understand.The layoutand chapter arrangement is logical and there is even an appendix listinguseful internet web sites.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Book on the subject I've found
Comprehensive but clear and easy-to-use guide.Read the whole book or just those chapters or sections you need (good index).Question and answer format helped me formulate questions to ask MY doctor. ... Read more

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