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Although prostate cancer may well be "the male equivalent of breast cancer," as Korda (The Immortals) here contends, it has yet to acquire an equivalent canon of literature charting the physical and emotional tolls of the illness. This intensely candid, engaging and sharply witty memoir, akin in approach and tone to Norman Cousins's memoir of his battle with heart disease, The Healing Heart, bears witness to the soul-searching, medical options and singularly male difficulties associated with prostate cancer-and will prove an extremely valuable resource. Korda, editor-in-chief of Simon & Schuster, underwent a radical prostatectomy after being diagnosed with cancer in October 1994, at age 60. His is a particularly privileged case. After his surgery was performed by Patrick Walsh of Johns Hopkins ("the Michelangelo of prostate surgery"), Korda was medivacced to his home in upstate New York. But readers of any economic bracket will appreciate his frank and humorous treatment of the prostate troubles that preceded his diagnosis; his terror of surgical pain ("I approach a routine colonoscopy as one might a firing squad"); the maddening repercussions of his surgery, including severe incontinence and impotence; and the fraternity he finds at a local prostate cancer support group. "A deadly, silent scourge," prostate cancer strikes at the core of a man's masculinity; it can end a career and place extreme pressure on a marriage, Korda observes. Faced with an array of conflicting opinions and experimental treatments, men afflicted with prostrate cancer, Korda concludes, must be as well informed as possible, in part by learning the kind of communication and sharing that perhaps comes more easily to women-and should never give up hope.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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For Simon and Schuster editor-in-chief and author Korda (Charmed Lives, 1979), it was devastating: on October 22, 1994 he was told he had cancer. Like Korda, over 200,000 American men are told every year that they have joined the prostate cancer club. The disease will take over their lives as fears of incontinence, impotence, pain, and death begin to spook their minds. Korda writes frankly of his experience and translates his sick-role ordeal into a read as artful as a novel. Although few readers will have Korda's entree to the medical establishment, his clear and practical not-to-be-left-to-the-last-minute logistical advice, frank and informative presentation of his prostate cancer trials, and follow-up advice on support groups make this moving personal account highly recommended. [See also Swanton's "An Rx for Men's Health Collections," LJ 1/96, p. 53-56; previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 1/96.]?James Swanton, Harlem Hospital Lib., New Yor.
-?James Swanton, Harlem Hospital Lib., New York
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (April 29, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679781234
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679781233
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #821,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By T. J. Baehr on January 27, 2004
Format: Paperback
I don't think I would have wanted to read this book before my surgery. Even making allowances for Michael Korda's self-absorption and wealth, the plain facts of his case are scary. On the other hand, it was illuminating to see Patrick Walsh in other than uncritically worshipful light.
Readers should understand at least a couple of things: (1) This book is at least as much about Michael Korda as it is about prostate cancer. He is candid in his description of his own shortcomings, but there is still a strong look-at-me undercurrent. (2) The technology and practices have changed dramatically since his diagnosis ten years ago. My nerve-sparing surgery was triggered by a PSA of just 4.6 and a thorough biopsy. The incision was only 4 or 5 inches, with dissolvable stitches. Anesthesia was general, with minimal blood loss. I was home two days after the surgery. Recovery (I'm less than a week post-op) has been uncomfortable but quite doable, with a terrific wife but without private nurses or special privileges.
There are better, more thoughtful books out there, though this one was fun to read after my surgery. There are also many helpful Web sites.
The advantage men have today is that there are many alternatives in treatment. This can also pose a great burden; it can be hard to make the final decision amid all the conflicting advice. The books and Web sites help. Just don't use Korda's book as your only guide.
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Unless you are especially interested in Michael Korda, I strongly agree with those other reviewers in recommending that you DO NOT read this book before you decide on treatment or before you have surgery. The author of this book is a very sad case and far worse off than most opting for surgery. This book is worth reading AFTER surgery and you have begun to recoup a little. You'll at least feel good that you're not as bad off as this self-centered schmuck.
For good personal accounts of surviving prostate cancer read Bert Gottlieb's and William Martin's books. Both of these books are deeply reflective and filled with hope and useful information. Also Robert Young's Phoenix5 web site has very useful personal accounts.
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By A Customer on October 6, 1999
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I bought this book for my father shortly after his diagnosis. What a mistake! It frightened us all unneccesarily. What he went through was nothing like what Mr.Korda experienced. I realize that every man will have a unique and different experience. That said, I have to say my father is doing quite well at two weeks post surgery. He has been relatively pain free for 10 days and recouperating nicely. This book would have been funny to read AFTER surgery, but by no means should it be read in those scary, dark days after you have been diagnosed. It will cause alot of anxiety and stress. From all I can gather, many men do really well after surgery. Don't let your love one read this book. It is one man's extreme experience.
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It's unfortunate this book is so one-sided, and so reflective of a person who obviously has lived a very sheltered life. While there is useful information in it, it is too colored by the author's personal fears and worries. I'm a survivor of this surgery, and doing quite well after one year. As a matter of fact, 3 days after surgery I was walking, slowly, 3.5 miles around the block, and I'm a certified couch potato. Also, my cancer was quite well along, but still within the prostate capsule, thank heavens. There are other books by much more qualified people available to the man diagnosed with prostate cancer. It is up to the individual to find them (it's not hard, try to get a few, hopefully written by doctors), read them and make informed decisions. The best of care is available in a lot of places in this country. No need to let a frightened bunny influence your personal decisions, or scare you into frantic searching for help. It's part of life, for heaven's sake. Again, this book is a disservice to men seeking unbiased, informed, rational information.
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By A Customer on January 6, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I received a copy of this book from a relative that knew I recently had a Radical Prostatectomy. I read the book, cover to cover, in 24 hours. Korda's book tells it like it is - the fears, the tears and the hope one finds on the way to recovery from prostate cancer. It should be read by all men over 40 and their significant others. The battle is not glossed over; it is one man's story of the struggle, and he details the emotional and physical complications of having your maleness attacked by cancer. I especially related to his description of how slow a response you get when you push a nurse's call button in a hospital - and Michael was at prestigious John Hopkins. I thought my wife and I got grumpy! I laughed until my stitches hurt when his wife faced off his famous surgeon. I really admire their courage in the face of the medical establishment. Two points of concern with the book. Michael Korda is wealthy; he gets more done with money than I certainly could in a VA hospital - private medical planes, home nursing, etc. My wife took care of me; and readers need to realize the author was not your average patient in the USA. Also, Michael never mentioned a faith, a religious support system from friends, priests or clergy. Prayer made a difference in my healing. Readers will need to look elsewhere for spiritual guidance during their cancer battle. Still this book is a must read for all men, daughters of men, and wives and friends of men over 40. Let it scare you into a PSA test!
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