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Prostate Cancer: A Patients Guide to Treatment Paperback – April 1, 2004
Top Customer Reviews
When I went back for my second visit after my diagnosis, my doctor and I discussed treatment options. He also answered some questions the book had brought to mind. Four months ago I had a nerve sparing radical prostatectomy, and I've been doing great since. I'd definitely recommend this book to other men with prostate cancer.
The coverage of cryo ranges from advantages, disadvantages and limitations, details of the procedure, selection of a skilled cryo surgeon, promising results for this relatively new technology, side effects, ways of limiting recurrence, and excellent potential as a salvage technique. The book recommends the patient confirm with his doctor that certain techniques will be used, such as slow thawing and prevention of injury to the rectum by injection of saline solution in an intervening space. It notes that a special advantage over other therapies is that all types of prostate cancer cells respond, even aggressive cells (high Gleason scores). It also notes that follow-up data is still limited to about five to seven years, a disadvantage, though data at the outer boundary looks good.
As we get older, less testosterone is produced. The reduced
testosterone levels may cause the prostrate to shrink in mass.
Cryosurgery freezes tissue. The current state of prostate surgery
art is on "afud", "prostatecancerfoundation" and "urologyhealth"
coms. This work would be invaluable if you have prostrate problems and it will be necessary to choose an optimal treatment modality.
This volume is well worth the price charged for the information content alone. It is well-researched and the sources are authoritative.
Clearly one of the most informative and understandable writings of our times. Compassionate in tone and sensative in presentation.