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You Can Beat Prostate Cancer: And You Don't Need Surgery to Do It Paperback – February 21, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0615140223 ISBN-10: 061514022X Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Robert J. Marckini; 1 edition (February 21, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 061514022X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615140223
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (197 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #390,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book provided necessary information to make an informed decision about my treatment.
John Martino
I am grateful to Mr. Marckini for this wonderful book and for my life changing experiences at the Proton Treatment Center at the Loma Linda Univeristy Medical Center.
William D. Spontak MA., DC
If you have been diagnosed with Prostate Cancer, then this is a "must read" book for you.
James Rastrelli

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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful By L. Hagemann on March 26, 2007
Format: Paperback
After the intial blow of "the news", what's next? Prostate cancer aims for all of us males. For some it will be a long time. For others (such as myself) it will be too soon. Tens of thousands of males every year repeatedly ask the question of their doctors and friends: "What would you do?" -- Listen to what they tell you, but first read Bob Marckini's book so that you know what to expect and how you might predict their answer. The amount of disinformation out there is amazing. Just now the Internet is coming alive with great information, but it takes much time to sort it out. Bob Marckini has done that. And he provided valuable feedback from actual patients (try getting that from your urologist)in addition to intriguing web sites world-wide. New literature is appearing daily...he takes you there. Where are the last approaches being done? You don't want to settle for the last doctor in the graduating class, do you? Find out how to listen to your doctor, your wife, your friends and others in this prostate area. If you value the quality of your life, a dry pair of pants, and a reliable "woody" from time to time, give this book a read. Bob Marckini gives us a present in this time-saving primer on how to beat prostate cancer without surgery!
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By D. S. Nah on July 20, 2007
Format: Paperback
After my father was diagnosed with prostate cancer, I began researching for best treatment. In the process I have thus far purchased and read five books on the subject and read many of the latest articles and research summaries from the internet. As with other reviewers below, I give Robert Marchini's book high marks. Unlike other books, it is written from the patients point of view and takes the readers through the process that led him to choose proton therapy as the best treatment option. He writes very sympathetically and it is really reassuring to learn about the similar struggles that prostate cancer patients commonly go through. This is an excellent book from which I gleaned invaluable insights, especially as it relates to proton radiation therapy.

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.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Cherry Young on July 15, 2008
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My (then 60 year old) husband was diagnosed with prostate cancer in June of 2005 (Gleason score 8- PSA 114) by a urologist recommended to us by our general practioner. We were lucky that this urologist used at least a 12 sample (honestly at this time can't remember if it was more, but not less) biopsy needle, because we knew nothing about the standards for this procedure at that point. This standard is pointed out very well in Mr. Marckini's book. As with all cancer diagnoses, we were devastated. In a couple of months, we were scheduled to take a trip of a life-time to England and on to China. With assurances from the urologist (and some pills to help with the swelling in the prostate so my husband could pass urine easier and a hormone deprivation implant-chemical castration) we continued with our plans for the trip and tackled the questions concerning further treatment when we got back.

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.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By D. W. Lyons on February 5, 2008
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As a veteran of 34 years in nuclear power and a mechanical engineer I thoroughly enjoyed Mr. Markini's book. His explanations written in common language were clear, concise, and easily understood. My wife is a Registered Nurse and she enjoyed the book, too. She commented how his explanations of the nuclear side of things was a lot clearer than mine ever were. He makes points that other books and publications miss. For instance, when a surgeon states an incontinence rate he/she does not count wetness due to laughing or sneezing. I was (still am) leery of gamma radiation treatment having been through many annual requals and incident reviews for radiation exposure but when I learned of proton beam radiation and could understand the physics, I was sold!!

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.
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