From the Publisher
Patients who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer owe it to themselves to become fully informed about the disease and to know all their treatment options. As reported by the authors, the good news is there has been great medical progress in recent years and prostate cancer is now a highly treatable disease, one that can be cured without major surgery and its high risk of complications. Their book surveys the results of recent studies of all primary treatment options and discusses the pros and cons of each, addressing both cure rates and quality of life issues.
For most patients who are diagnosed early, the choice of treatment most often comes down to radiation versus surgery (radical prostatectomy), either with or without some form of hormonal therapy. Surviving Prostate Cancer Without Surgery provides the latest medical data and explains why more men are now avoiding surgery and instead choosing state-of-the-art radiation therapy such as seed implants (brachytherapy) and IMRT (Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy).
From the Author
According to Dr. Michael Dattoli, "Recent advances in the delivery of high energy photons, ultrasound imaging, and computerized treatment planning have essentially turned the tide against what was previously thought to be a disease most effectively treated by means of radical surgery. In just the past few years, we have seen a revolution in this field. One of the reasons that we were inspired to write on this subject is the fact that many surgeons have not kept up with the changes and are misinforming patients about their treatment options. We believe at this time that an overview of prostate cancer care and treatment from a non-surgical perspective, as presented in our book, is crucial for every patient wishing to receive the highest standard of care."