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Dr. Patrick Walsh's Guide to Surviving Prostate Cancer Paperback – Illustrated, May 15, 2018
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About the Author
Janet Farrar Worthington is an award-winning science writer.
- Item Weight : 1.17 pounds
- Paperback : 544 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1538727471
- ISBN-13 : 978-1538727478
- Dimensions : 6 x 1.38 x 9 inches
- Publisher : Grand Central Life & Style; 4th edition (May 15, 2018)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #32,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reads like a medical school course in prostate cancer.
Even though it's a big book, the author has made it very understandable for the common layman. Even though there are medical terms used in the book they are explained where anybody can understand what Dr. Walsh is talking about.
As a person with active prostate cancer, Dr. Walsh helps to take the mystery out of the subject, fully explains all of the options that are available and makes it less scary (if that is possible).
Information is power and ignorance is dangerous. Learn about the "beast" and what works to kill it. Kill the beast and live your life.
I would recommend the printed book over the ebook, then you can pull it off the shelf if you have any questions.
Dr. Walsh is a surgeon. He knows how to do prostate surgery. That is fine, but guys need to know that there are other options. This book gives only passing consideration to non-surgical treatments. If you read the sections on radiation, for example, the writing style changes noticeably, indicating that those parts were written by someone other than Dr Walsh who are experts in that field. I understand this, as Dr Walsh has less experience with those treatments. To his credit, he gives acknowledgement to several colleagues for those sections.
Before signing up for surgery, see a radiation oncologist. If your urologist hesitates before referring you to one, you might want to consider a different urologist.
All that said, This book is still a go-to source for prostate cancer information. It seems to alternate between a hopeful and hopeless tone, which I found confusing at times. There are even what I took to be contradictions, with one chapter saying "don't get this treatment because it doesn't work" with other chapters saying "here's how you get this treatment". Most guys will, like me, read lots and lots of articles once they get that "you have prostate cancer" diagnosis. This book needs to be read for sure, even though it could probably use a new revision.
I am not going to advocate any particular treatment. After all, I'm just a patient.
There is a collaborator--Janet Worthington--who is not a Urologist--but a writer: Ms. Worthington--took the task of writing Dr. Walsh's book in a style/language--so that the average person would be able to understand medical language--that would otherwise be impossible to adequately comprehend.
This book is too detailed--to attempt any kind of summary of its contents. I assure you--if you purchase--"Surviving Prostate Cancer"--you will have made one of the best investments of your life!! Do not--I beg you--make excuses for not purchasing a copy of this book--immediately--it could save your life!!
Even after diagnosis there are a LOT of options and you must be able to discuss them intelligently with your doctor. This book is the first step.
Dr. Walsh presents the essential information in both summary and detailed form. There is a lot of information on the subject, including some really harebrained nonsense, for example I just got an email telling how Prostrate Cancer is really a CIA conspiracy and you should buy this guy's "herbal remedy" which will fix everything. The only real counter to this nonsense is real knowledge based on real facts: here are the facts!
Reading the book has made me much more confident that I will "die from something else", since I am 72 that works out to approx 20 years. It is scary to formally work out your life expectancy as per Dr. Walsh's instructions, however I also found that I have already done 90% of my "do before you die" list and expect to have the time to do most of the rest.
(UPDATE) It is inevitable that ANY published material (book or whatever) is at least 2 years out of date due entirely to the necessary review and editing needed. I had a long talk with my Urologist today and there are many new options available. This book is great for being a "knowledgeable consumer", but is NO substitute of professional advice for your particular situation!
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The very best I could expect would be a flow chart which outlines every single possibility for everyone. So that includes all possible scenarios, all possible cures and/or palliative treatments, so that you and I would know at any stage what the prospects are and what alternative treatments are available. Plus I would like it if the book explained what support might be available and useful to help deal with issues like depression, physical pain, and how to feel positive!
That is a very tall order. But I think Dr. Walsh’s book gets as close to it as is humanly possible without getting too bogged down in controversy, particularly in making judgements about surgery vs radiotherapy and (in later stages) hormone therapy, alternative/complementary medecines and new drug treatments.
You (or the one you care for) are probably somewhere in this flow chart. I’m quite far down it, but I’m quite optimistic. Whatever stage you are at, it will explain well what the options are and what, on balance, is best for you.
In a corner of medicine still plagued by the minefields of "observant waiting" (in case you manage to die of something else before your cancer gets you!), Walsh succeeds in presenting an impartial and dispassionate treatise on a scourge which is reckoned to afflict 60% of men over 60, and constitutes one of the main causes of male deaths in developed nations.
This book belongs in the hands of all these men before it is too late......
At the early stages of diagnosis we found this book to be overwhelmingly detailed and fairly complex for the lay-person. However, as we went through the processes of prostate cancer diagnosis/treatment we found we wanted more detail and understanding of what to expect and practical advice on how to decide what course of treatment to undergo - this book provided that.
We referred to relevant chapters prior to each consultation which enabled us to understand the terminology and what the next step would be. Particularly useful is the detail on the side effects after surgery and how to deal with them - men find it difficult to be unwell and unrealistically want to get back to normal almost immediately. The advice at this stage was invaluable in encouraging the patient on how well he was doing, albeit slower than he wished!
This book certainly has been well thumbed and gave important advice and encouragement to the partner/family.