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On November 5, 2009, I underwent radical prostatectomy surgery in order to free myself from living with prostate cancer. Essentially everything in this book is based directly on my personal experiences before and after my prostatectomy. If you are planning to undergo another type of cancer treatment, your postoperative experiences may be very different from mine, and much of what I have to say about my recovery in the second half of this book may not apply to you.
When I was told that I had prostate cancer, my first thought was to find out what my options were. I didn't ask “ Why me?” or begin wringing my hands about bad luck or attempt to apportion blame. None of those things would stop my cancer. Worrying only invites misery and oft en delays taking action, providing time for the cancer to grow and spread. I found myself in a bad situation, and I set out to deal with it.
In the first part of the book, I talk about how I came to the decision to undergo radical prostatectomy, and I describe my thoughts on the subject. My decision was based on my personal understanding of the therapies and treatments available at the time. Your decision should be based on your own careful consideration of the therapies available to you.
I am not a doctor, nor have I had medical training of any sort. Under no circumstances should the reader presume that I have expertise pertaining to any of the therapies I discuss in this book. I relied heavily on my urologist’s suggestions and guidance. He gave me the basic information I needed to begin researching my condition and to reach a decision on how to deal with it.
I spent a lot of time searching the Internet and investigating the possibilities open to me. In addition, I searched out men who have had prostate cancer. I found that the men who have weathered this storm were eager to talk about their experiences when they realized that I was asking for myself. Aft er all was said and done, I decided to go with a relatively new approach to prostate surgery: robotic prostatectomy.
Although I believe that my decision was the right one for me, this book is not an endorsement for robotic prostatectomy or any particular surgical procedure or therapy. My chief purpose in writing this book is to give the men who are considering radical prostatectomy a look at what they might expect during their own recoveries. The important thing to remember when dealing with cancer is that regardless of what you decide to do, your decision will come with consequences that will remain with you for the rest of your life. And so it is up to YOU to make the best choice that you can.
I urge the reader to consider the reasoning I present in this book as a sort of “devil’s advocate” argument. Be critical of what I say and discuss your ideas with your doctor. By questioning everything I say in this book, you may gain a better understanding of the facts involved in your own situation.
Best of luck.