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A Primer on Prostate Cancer (Second Edition): The Empowered Patient's Guide Paperback – February 1, 2005

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"...must have for any man dealing...or looking to come up to speed quickly on the complexities of prostate cancer..." -- John Page, President and CEO, Us Too! International, Inc.

The combination of doctor and active partner of man with the disease is a new mix and it clearly works. -- Robert Young, prostate cancer patient, Webmaster Phoenix5

Throw away any other books you may have on prostate cancer. This is all you need. -- Bill Buckman, prostate cancer patient

must have for any man dealing...on the complexities of prostate cancer... -- Us Too! International, Inc. (Prostate Cancer Education and Support), October 2002

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Prostate cancer patients are abundant with 200,000 new diagnoses per year and millions of men in the US alone living with prostate cancer. Due to the complexities of the disease and the many options that are available, prostate cancer patients tend to do more research into their disease than many other types of cancer patients.

A Primer on Prostate Cancer is an unbiased, easily understood and reader-friendly tool that patients rave about in their reviews on web bookseller sites, often mentioning that the book should be the first book a newly diagnosed man and his family read and that they appreciate the information in it. Each of the 23 reviews on Amazon.com as well as the reviews on BarnesandNoble.com are five stars. There are no negative comments in any of the reviews.

The Primer is presented in a user-friendly format with color-coded portions of text, physician¡¦s notes which are case studies presented to reinforce important concepts, fully indexed and referenced, with glossary, chapter summaries, appendices with further discussion of certain topics and graphic presentation of staging tools such as the Partin Tables, TNM staging system and useful forms for the prostate cancer patient and his doctor.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Life Extension Publications Inc; 2 edition (February 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965877779
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965877770
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #334,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By William L. Lambright on May 11, 2004
Format: Paperback
I was diagnosed with prostate cancer, January 2004. My urologist told me to "get informed on your disease" and gave me the titles of a couple of books he recommended. "A Primer on Prostate Cancer: The Empowered Patient's Guide " was not one on his list. - It should have been!
A fellow prostate cancer patient loaned me his copy. I have my own now. "The Primer" is a classic!

Before reading "The Primer" I ordered "The Prostate" by Dr. Patrick Walsh and Janet Worthington - a good, but out of date book,especially when discussing Cryosurgery with only 2 pages devoted to the procedure. In contrast "The Primer" explains Cryosurgery in great and up-to-date detail. It devotes 7 full pages with excellent color diagrams to Cryo - an often neglected and misunderstood treatment option.
I also read "Prostate & Cancer"(Revised Edition) by Dr. Sheldon Marks. This is a much more basic guide in a Q&A format. Once again it is dated and brief as to Cryotherapy as a treatment option. I found "The Primer" to be through on all treatment strategies without being too technical. It is "accurate and balanced".
Current testing procedures, treatment options, and data are presented in a easy to access and understand format! The blue, green red color coding of sentences of special importance make the book easy to "skim" for key information and guidance. The physician notes are invaluable sources of "real patient" information. This makes the book personal and "alive" with actual patient histories.
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"A Primer on Prostate Cancer - The Empowered Patient's Guide" provides excellent insight into answering the many questions of the newly diagnosed or recurring Prostate Cancer patient. We recommend its review and strongly recommend that every Prostate Cancer patient purchase the "Primer" not only for himself but for his physician as likely the most authoritative and informative book available that explains the many aspects of Prostate Cancer treatment in medical terms that can be understood by both the layman patient and his attending physician. Dr. Strum and Donna Pogliano have provided us the procedures being practiced by those who specialize specifically in Prostate Cancer research and treatment and who are far ahead of their contemporaries in recognizing and understanding the latest innovations in Prostate Cancer therapy. Charles (Chuck) Maack, Program Director, Treasurer, Website Manager, Wichita, Kansas Chapter, Us TOO Intl., Inc. Prostate Cancer Education and Support Network. (...)
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Dr. Stephen Strum and Donna Pogliano have written an excellent book which will guide both patient and physician, alike, to optimal care in the treatment of prostate cancer. Easy to read and understand, color coded for quick reference, basic and advanced information depending on the readers interest, it's all there. I use it as my prostate cancer bible and even carry it with me to PCa support group meetings. When discussions raise a question, we find the answer.
The dedication of these two people in producing a text of this quality will change the way men will be able to live with PCa and will impact the quality of life of those men who may eventually die from prostate cancer.
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This is the book I wish I had had at the start of my three year journey as a PC survivor! I've read at least a dozen other good books on PC, but this one is head and shoulders above the others. The reason: it's central theme is that treatment strategy and tactics need to be in synch with the biology of the patient's cancer and overall biology and circumstances, such as age and other health issues. It goes far beyond the current norm of providing descriptions of treatments and generalized odds of success. It does this by explaining how to assess biology before and during treatment, using: blood tests in addition to PSA like free PSA, ultrasensative PSA, PAP, VEGF, pyrilinks dpd; tissue studies like ploidy, bcl-2, and p53; and advanced imaging beyond the bone scan and often useless CT scan like the endo-rectal MRI with spectroscopy, the fusion ProstaScint scan, and the quantitative CT scan for bone density as contrasted to the commonly used DEXA scan. It explains what these tests are like, why they are important in making treatment choices, and what the numerical results mean, citing reference studies. For example, unfavorable results on some tests, such as the PAP and VEGF tests, indicate that an RP, RT or both are likely or unlikely to be successful. The book provides advice on keeping records and provides outstanding examples of forms for summarizing key results.
This book will be of great value to doctors who are unfamiliar with developments beyond their own specialties or local capabilities, such as the epidemic nature of loss of bone density among PC patients, not just those on androgen deprivation therapy (ADT, aka hormonal therapy), use of ultrasensitve and free PSA tests, use of the fusion ProstaScint scan, and advances in intermittent ADT.
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