- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Rodale Books (August 20, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1609610555
- ISBN-13: 978-1609610555
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,955 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Prostate Monologues: What Every Man Can Learn from My Humbling, Confusing, and Sometimes Comical Battle With Prostate Cancer Hardcover – August 20, 2013
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“I know from personal experience that deciding whether or not to intervene after a prostate cancer diagnosis can be agonizing. Fortunately, Jack McCallum has written an honest, even-handed book to help separate fact from myth. I wish it had been around two years ago.” —Phil Jackson, 13-time NBA champion and author of Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success
“Jack McCallum has skin in the game and has created a compelling narrative which is personal, humorous, practical and informative. The Prostate Monologues is the perfect book for men with prostate cancer as well as those who love them.” —Steven A. Kaplan, M.D., Chief, Institute for Bladder and Prostate Health, Weill Cornell Medical College
“It is time for men to be as open and informed about prostate cancer as women became about breast cancer. With humor, humanity, frank discussion, and good information, Jack McCallum helps men understand the disease and the decisions many of them will face.” —Jeff Jarvis, author of Public Parts and What Would Google Do? and a prostate patient
“Jack McCallum's book sheds much light on a subject that sometimes confounds even those of us in the prostate cancer field. The Prostate Monologues has the potential to help thousands of men trying to make a difficult decision. Please read it.” —Dr. David Lee, Chief of Urology, Penn-Presbyterian Medical Center
“Jack McCallum's book manages the impossible, sifting through mountains of data, conflicting ‘expert' opinion, the personal and the biomedical, all in an engaging manner that is just serious and funny enough to do the trick.” —Dr. Peter Bach, attending physician, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
“Writing a compelling and informative book on the subject without sounding clinical or distasteful can prove challenging even to a seasoned wrtier...McCallum does a great job of presenting each of these facets in ways that are both informative and candid. He takes the reader through his apprehensions and presents a clear picture of what it was like for him.” —Morning Call
“Irreverent, brave and unfailingly honest, this book follows one sportswriter's journey through prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment. No lectures, McCallum promises, and no regrets.” —Grand Forks Herald
“[McCallum] tackles the subject in great detail, brining his everyman attitude and a researcher's eye towards translating an oft-confusing and frightening topic for the general audience....For those interested in, or worried by, prostate cancer...it's an accessible starting point.” —Publisher's Weekly
About the Author
Jack McCallum is a veteran sportswriter and the author of the bestselling Dream Team (2012). Working with Sports Illustrated for over 30 years, he won the Curt Gowdy Award from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2005, and before that he was awarded the National Women Sports Foundation Media Award. Today, McCallum teaches journalism at Muhlenberg College. He lives in Bethlehem, PA.
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Jack McCallum pulls no punches, sugar-coats nothing, and infuses his book with all the humanism, skepticism, and witticisms that dealing with a truly scary health issue demands.
I don't know anyone with prostate cancer other than Jack, who shed his. But I know plenty of people with other cancers and medical conditions of all kinds. The revelations about the mind-boggling path of medical decision-making that Jack reveals in his book are universal. You don't have to have prostate cancer to be paralyzed by your treatment options, statistics about your chances of recover, old v. new medical technologies and their appropriateness for you.
Jack reminds us that doing our own research is essential,including those options and the expertise of the doctors and hospitals taking care of us. He reminds us we need the support of family and friends. We need to talk to people who have received the treatments we're considering and to learn from them.
This book reads like a conversation over coffee with an old friend. Nothing is off limits, the banter creates much needed comic relief, and the facts presented without bias--no scare tactics--just uncluttered information. Jack is a terrific journalist, a talented author, and authentic all the way.
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I learned and I laughed.