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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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If you have prostate cancer, this book can add to your decision-making, but it should be read with some caution (despite the log-rolling reviews by eminent news guys). I don't doubt that Arthur Burnett is a skilled and compassionate surgeon, but it may be those very qualities that make this something of a distortion of treatment reality.

Nearly all the examples of survivors "speaking their minds" have come through surgery (performed by Burnett) with flying colors--usually cured and with side effects not dampening their spirits. There is one example of a man whose surgery was botched--but Burnett didn't do it, and in fact rescued him with further treatment. Hmmm...

It doesn't take much research to realize there are countless men whose lives have been devastated by the side effects prostatectomies--mostly incontinence and impotence, but other maladies as well. The feel-good stories in this book are only part of the story, and it seems shifty to present them as the typical outcome. Also, who are these survivors? Arnold Palmer? Ken Griffey? Pat Robertson? Rich guys who can afford any comfort to make their post-surgery miseries easier to bear.

If you're not rich, and you can't fly to Johns Hopkins to get Burnett to perform your surgery, I suspect your reality could be much different than what's represented in this book.

On the other hand, the book is to be commended highly for focusing on African-Americans and gay men with prostate cancer, the former because they are so highly at risk, and the latter because gays are invisible to most authors/doctors writing about prostate cancer. (Amazingly, this book not only features a gay man's story but acknowledges explicitly that gay sex lives are fundamentally different than, say, Pat Robertson's, and that may affect treatment choices.)

So read this book, for sure, BUT make sure you also read Patrick Walsh's "Guide to Surviving Prostate Cancer," Gerald Chodak's "Winning the Battle Against Prostate Cancer," and Mark Scholz's "Invasion of the Prostate Snatchers, among others.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on August 10, 2010
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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!
YOU ARE NOT ALONE....
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 13, 2010
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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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 9, 2013
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An excellent book for those newly diagnosed with prostate cancer and wanting more information, especially treatment options, outcomes, side effect info and in general just what to expect from those who have been there. . This is a book about hope and looking up, not down. Direct, straight to the point, no frilly glossing over.
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on November 1, 2011
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Prostate Cancer Survivors Speak Their Minds
Advice on Options, Treatments and Aftereffects
by A. Burnett, MD and N. Morris, 2010, Wiley & Sons, NJ

Norman Morris, an award-winning writer/ producer, a news manager at CBS news (for 30 years), and a prostate cancer survivor, compiled this anthology. Twenty-two patients share their experiences, including Senator John Kerry and patients who have military, police, political, business or athletic leadership experience. This well-written, hopeful book teaches readers about prostate cancer symptoms, diagnostic tests, the risks and benefits of various treatments, prognoses, expectations for recovery and solutions to commonly-encountered problems.

After each account, Dr. A. Burnett, Professor of Urology at Hopkins Medical School, and a leading authority on prostate cancer, offers his feedback as a cancer-care professional. Dr. Burnett shows obvious concern for the welfare of patients and readers as he briefly reviews each case, points out the lessons learned, explains why particular solutions helped each patient while sharing his clinical experiences as a urologist seeing patients with prostate cancer. Time after time, Dr. Burnett recommends that patients read, learn, and get second opinions before deciding what to do about their diagnoses. Many of these stories explain that patients found it helpful to read and then see one or more specialists after consulting their first urologist.

Nothing gets sugar-coated. The facts are clear. Prostate cancer is a serious medical problem; most men fear this diagnosis. Even so, this book respects patients, families and readers by outlining the procedures for diagnosis and the options for treatment, reviewing the risks and benefits and discussing the concerns, issues and problems which often arise after a diagnosis of prostate cancer. These inspiring survivor stories teach readers how 22 patients found quality care and lived well with their prostate cancers.

If you or a loved one have prostate cancer, this book will educate, support and encourage you.

Review by Robert Sealey, BSc, CA - SEAR Publications
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 19, 2010
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Awesome Resource. It answers many questions. My father was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer and this book helped him and mom a great deal. The author of the book is an authority in the field.
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on September 21, 2013
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Very informative, especially for my RN nurse who supervises my health care. That is a plus when seeking knowledge about prostate
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on October 6, 2014
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Great deal
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