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ISBN-13: 978-0764519741 ISBN-10: 0764519743 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 388 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (May 2, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764519743
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764519741
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #467,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Covers prevention, detection, and treatment options

A must-have reference for patients and their loved ones

If you are one of the thousands of men who are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year, then this straightforward guide is for you. You get up-to-date information on treatment options and discover how to cope with treatment side effects, receive the follow-up care you need, and handle work and family life during your recovery.

Praise for Prostate Cancer For Dummies

"When choices are varied and involve surgical and non- surgical options for localized prostate cancer, information needs to be balanced and clearly explained with ‘nonmedical’ terminology. Prostate Cancer For Dummies fills this critical niche."
– Paul F. Schellhammer, MD, Professor of Urology

About the Author

Paul H. Lange, MD (Seattle, WA) is a prostate cancer survivor himself and is an internationally renowned surgeon and a leader of cutting-edge research on urological malignancies, including prostate cancer. He is a medical school professor and Chairman of the Department of Urology at the University of Washington in Seattle. Dr. Lange is also co-director of the Genitourinary Tumor Laboratory at the University of Washington.

Christine Adamec is a veteran medical writer.


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Very easy reading.
M. Roche
This book provided excellent information, especially for someone recently diagnosed with prostate cancer.
Ronald Hunter
Our urologist, however, spends a great deal of time with us explaining everything.
Carol A. Busam

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By William L. Pierce on May 4, 2003
Format: Paperback
As a person who's spent hundreds of hours researching and reading about prostate cancer over the last four years, I picked up Lange and Adamec's new book with misgivings that quickly changed into affirmative head-nodding. I found the book to be well-organized, and as I scanned and flipped back and forth through its coverage of all the big questions, I concluded this is a book that has long been needed. Although the book is in the DUMMIES series, it is from start to finish a first-rate professional and easily-readable treatment of a complex and deadly serious subject -- prostate cancer. Whether it's one's first foray into the shifting world of prostate cancer data, treatment and research or one wants to double-check what one has learned, this is THE book to buy.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Robert M. Fleming on September 13, 2006
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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.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 16, 2003
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I am the coauthor of this book and am proud of my work, with one caveat at the end of this review. This book covers prostate cancer from the prospective of a surgeon who treats the disease and who admits that he was terrified when he was diagnosed with it himself. Prostate Cancer for Dummies covers symptoms of prostate cancer and how it's treated (surgery, radiation, etc.) and also covers how to cope with the side effects, such as impotence, depression and so on. The author factors in how cancer affects the whole family and discusses how the person with cancer can help his family help him. One caveat: The book urgently needs to be updated to reflect the latest surgical therapies, medications and other treatments for prostate cancer. It was, after all, written nearly ten years ago and great advances have been made in treatment for prostate cancer since that time.

Christine Adamec
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Carol A. Busam on July 10, 2005
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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.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. Breiding on September 8, 2007
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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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jim Belmont on September 29, 2008
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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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 24, 2009
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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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Roche on March 24, 2011
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Great book about prostate cancer. My doctor recommended the book because many of his other patients found the book informative and very helpful. Very easy reading. I liked the way the book was layed off because I could skip the sections that did not pertain to me.
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