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"Not just another medical text. This is a companion work. In plain, easy-to-understand language, it is packed with key information, advice, and common sense."
—Dan Rather, HDNet

"When Norman Morris and I worked side by side at CBS News, his passion for firsthand reporting fired my own enthusiasm and buoyed my own work. Now he has brought to the life-and-death battle against prostate cancer that same powerful instinct for first-person testimony. Good journalism is an early-warning system for the health of democracy and our own well-being, and every man who reads this book will thank his lucky stars for it."
—Bill Moyers, PBS

"As a bladder cancer survivor, I know firsthand how hard it is for men to talk about their diseases—especially below-the-belt diseases—but this book shows us how to do just that, the first step in coping with and eventually conquering any disease. Needed, helpful, and at times inspirational."
—Bob Schieffer, CBS News Chief Washington Correspondent

If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, you need to know the medical facts about treatment options, side effects, and outcomes. You also need practical advice and moral support from those who have been there.

Prostate Cancer Survivors Speak Their Minds combines expert medical guidance from one of the world's leading authorities on prostate cancer with personal stories of men who have battled and defeated prostate cancer. Survivors tell you what you need to know about:

  • Coming to terms with your diagnosis and preparing to fight the disease

  • The special risks prostate cancer poses to African American men

  • Renewing your sex life as you recover from the disease

Dr. Arthur L. Burnett's open and honest comments put each survivor's story in a meaningful medical context and give you the knowledge, as well as the courage, you'll need to make the right decisions and win your battle against prostate cancer.

About the Author

Arthur L. Burnett II, M.D., Professor, Department of Urology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, is one of the world's leading authorities on prostate cancer. Director of the Male Consultation Clinic at Johns Hopkins's James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute, he is also renowned for his studies that led to the formulation of Viagra.
NORMAN S. MORRIS, an Emmy and Peabody Award–winning producer/writer and news manager at CBS News for thirty years, is himself a prostate cancer survivor.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (March 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470578815
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470578810
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,487,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you have prostate cancer, this book can add to your decision-making, but it should be read with some caution (despite the log-rolling reviews by eminent news guys). I don't doubt that Arthur Burnett is a skilled and compassionate surgeon, but it may be those very qualities that make this something of a distortion of treatment reality.

Nearly all the examples of survivors "speaking their minds" have come through surgery (performed by Burnett) with flying colors--usually cured and with side effects not dampening their spirits. There is one example of a man whose surgery was botched--but Burnett didn't do it, and in fact rescued him with further treatment. Hmmm...

It doesn't take much research to realize there are countless men whose lives have been devastated by the side effects prostatectomies--mostly incontinence and impotence, but other maladies as well. The feel-good stories in this book are only part of the story, and it seems shifty to present them as the typical outcome. Also, who are these survivors? Arnold Palmer? Ken Griffey? Pat Robertson? Rich guys who can afford any comfort to make their post-surgery miseries easier to bear.

If you're not rich, and you can't fly to Johns Hopkins to get Burnett to perform your surgery, I suspect your reality could be much different than what's represented in this book.

On the other hand, the book is to be commended highly for focusing on African-Americans and gay men with prostate cancer, the former because they are so highly at risk, and the latter because gays are invisible to most authors/doctors writing about prostate cancer.
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This book is a "must have" for anyone diagnosed or caring for someone who is diagnosed with Prostate Cancer. Even though I have already had the surgery I found the book to be very helpful when discussing the disease with friends and colleagues. It takes a lot of soul searching to come up with the right course of treatment to follow. The many different experiences related here could make a difference in the way you feel or reassure you that you are on the right track. I found the detail to be very true to my experience and I only wish I had this book 4 years ago when I was diagnosed.
The one thing that I brought away from my reading was that I was not alone, and that was the major thought in my mind when the call came in from my Urologist! I urge anyone who has or supports someone who has prostate cancer to read this book!
YOU ARE NOT ALONE....
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My husband appreciated the first hand reports of individuals who had been through the different options for a "cure". Their experiences helped him to decide the treatmenthe is going to use.
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An excellent book for those newly diagnosed with prostate cancer and wanting more information, especially treatment options, outcomes, side effect info and in general just what to expect from those who have been there. . This is a book about hope and looking up, not down. Direct, straight to the point, no frilly glossing over.
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