- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Robert J. Marckini; 1 edition (February 21, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 061514022X
- ISBN-13: 978-0615140223
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.6 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (246 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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You Can Beat Prostate Cancer: And You Don't Need Surgery to Do It 1st Edition
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My only reservation about the usefulness of the book is that it is based on insights that were arrived at in the year 2000 before some important developments in treatment options. The most important of these is, I believe, the the introduction of robotic assisted prostactemies that are much less invasive form of surgery that results in less loss of blood and faster recovery. Mr. Marchini doesn't really discuss this option. The other reservation that I have is lack of evaluation of Intensity-modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) which was very new when Mr. Marckini was making his decision some seven years ago. Now that we have more data available, we are in a position to having to choose between proton radiation and IMRT. It is not yet clear to me which one might be better today.
Nevertheless, I truly am grateful to Mr Marchini for introducing me to the value of proton therapy as a viable option.
Since this is suppose to be a book review and not a history of my husband's prostate cancer, I'll skip all the rest of the details of his treatment and get right to the subject. I did a tremendous amount of research on the web and read several books, including the one given to me by the urologist and written by the American Cancer Society. I have had a lot of experience with research in general and a few medical cases and some terminology, but I am not medically trained. Nevertheless, I plowed through everything I could get my hands on and sometimes grasped the microbiology and sometimes did not. In the meantime, the urologist informed us he didn't feel surgery was an option for my husband. He "surmised" the cancer had already leaked from the prostate into surrounding lymph nodes and surgery would be useless, even though he did not have concrete evidence of such.Read more ›
After devouring Mr. Marckini's book, re-reviewing all the options (hopefully there is not another one lurking out there I have not found), careful consideration, and lots and lots of prayer, I decided Proton Thereapy for treatment of my Prostate Cancer. Therefore, I canceled my Radical Prostatectomy scheduled for October 25, 2007.
Prior to learning of Proton Beam Therapy on September 22, 2007 from a High School buddy who works at Loma Linda, I thought I had researched all available options thoroughly and decided that surgery was the best option for me. After that decision I checked into the various methods to perform the surgery and the records of the doctors. That is why I had scheduled surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. Surgeons there have successfully performed thousands of the surgeries using the DaVinci II robotic machine. They are the best in the Philadelphia area.Read more ›
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Good book on Prostate cancer issues. Useful to understand various issues and cures. No book will cover everything but this will provide good information.Published 17 days ago by James Green
Unfortunately, this book is becoming a bit out-dated but is it still a MUST READ for possible prostate cancer patients and their families. Read morePublished 20 days ago by pn75
It has been 5 years since my prostate cancer diagnosis. I still remember those first weeks -- trying to make sense of the endless information available on the internet while in... Read morePublished 28 days ago by carl
What a blessing to find this book as I faced a big decision about treatment options. My doctor never mentioned proton therapy so my exposure came from my research. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
My husband was diagnosed with early onset prostate cancer at age 51. Our urologist insisted that surgery was the only choice of treatment for someone his age. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dana M. Conley
I discovered Bob Markini's book while on vacation, just by chance, two days after being diagnosed with prostate cancer. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Steven G. Berner
A MUST read for anyone who has prostate cancer and is trying to decide on treatment! As a fellow survivor I could totally relate to Bob's story which is told so well. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Twinpipes