- Paperback: 230 pages
- Publisher: Jennie Cooper Press (February 7, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780692005651
- ISBN-13: 978-0692005651
- ASIN: 069200565X
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 78 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Decision: Your prostate biopsy shows cancer. Now what?: Medical insight, personal stories, and humor by a urologist who has been where you are now. Paperback – February 7, 2010
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Dr. McHugh has been a private practice urologist in Gainesville, Georgia, for over twenty years. He was a R.O.T.C. cadet and received his undergraduate degree in Chemistry at North Georgia College in Dahlonega, Georgia. He went to medical school and did his urologic residency at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia. He and his wife Karen have been married twenty-nine years and have three children. His interests include history, his dogs, and anything related to water and fishing. He was diagnosed and treated for prostate cancer in 2007. Witnessing for years the frustration of his patients making "the decision" regarding which therapy to choose and then having to experience it himself, prompted him to define the decision-making journey for others. During the three months it took for him to decide, it became clear that the decision is multifaceted and depends a lot on the patient's particular situation at the time of diagnosis. Combining his story-telling abilities with his medical insight and experience, Dr. McHugh offers the reader a fresh and novel approach to deciding what to do about his prostate cancer. Visit Dr. McHugh's blog "Prostate Diaries" at theprostatedecision.wordpress.com.
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One thing I will caution everyone on is that once you hit the internet, there is a lot of "marketing" for the different forms of treatment. And also, like discussed in the book, once you start telling people, everybody had an uncle or cousin and this is what "they" did. Don't rely on one book, don't get caught up with the marketing, and as another reviewer said, filter through the 'advice" of your well meaning friends and relatives.
One con is that the book doesn't really get into the Cyberknife or Proton treatments specifically, he basically focuses on surgery vs external radiation vs internal radiation. My own urologist suggested I view the two as types of external radiation (which they are) and not necessarily as totally different forms of treatment.
My decision was my decision, yours will be yours based on your situation and your preferences. This book will help you think about the things you need to be thinking about.
1. No real discussion of the newer types of MRIs that are being done with high diagnostic value, or genetic testing of the unstained cells from the biopsy. I realize Dr. McHugh had his procedure eight years ago, so maybe this isn't as current as it could be.
2. I found the last chapter long and not very necessary.
3. The Kindle edition of this book was replete with typos.
With all that being said, I do feel this is an absolute must read for anyone who has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and needs perspective and direction.
Dr. R B Weiss
Good luck with whatever procedure to you decide on. I choose surgery, and part of my decision was based on what I had learned from McHugh's book. If you're buying this book you are probably in a quandary as to what procedure to opt for. This book with be a big help in making that decision. Again all the best.