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Surviving Prostate Cancer without Surgery: The New Gold Standard Treatment That Can Save Your Life and Lifestyle Paperback – March 28, 2005

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Patients who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer owe it to themselves to become fully informed about the disease and to know all their treatment options. As reported by the authors, the good news is there has been great medical progress in recent years and prostate cancer is now a highly treatable disease, one that can be cured without major surgery and its high risk of complications. Their book surveys the results of recent studies of all primary treatment options and discusses the pros and cons of each, addressing both cure rates and quality of life issues.

For most patients who are diagnosed early, the choice of treatment most often comes down to radiation versus surgery (radical prostatectomy), either with or without some form of hormonal therapy. Surviving Prostate Cancer Without Surgery provides the latest medical data and explains why more men are now avoiding surgery and instead choosing state-of-the-art radiation therapy such as seed implants (brachytherapy) and IMRT (Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy).

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According to Dr. Michael Dattoli, "Recent advances in the delivery of high energy photons, ultrasound imaging, and computerized treatment planning have essentially turned the tide against what was previously thought to be a disease most effectively treated by means of radical surgery. In just the past few years, we have seen a revolution in this field. One of the reasons that we were inspired to write on this subject is the fact that many surgeons have not kept up with the changes and are misinforming patients about their treatment options. We believe at this time that an overview of prostate cancer care and treatment from a non-surgical perspective, as presented in our book, is crucial for every patient wishing to receive the highest standard of care."

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Seneca House Press / Pathway Book Service (dist.) (March 28, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0964008882
  • ISBN-13: 978-0964008885
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 6.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,237,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Like the previous reviewer ("Peace of Mind"), I found solid reassurance in this book but for different reasons, not the least of which is knowing that I chose the right path for myself.  I'm a retired lawyer and I was treated successfully with radioactive seeds and IMRT over two years ago at New York's Memorial Sloan-Kettering. My PSA has since fallen almost all the way to zero and as far as I know, I'm now cancer-free.  I've probably read most of the popular books about prostate cancer, those by radiation oncologists like Dr. Dattoli, as well as those by urologists like Dr. Walsh, and also a fine book by an oncologist, Dr. Stephen Strum, who specializes in hormonal therapies.  Aside from having an interest based on my own case, some years ago I happened to represent a patient who brought a malpractice suit against his urologist because the radical surgery had unfortunately resulted in a serious complication for which there was no remedy.  We've all heard those terrible stories, but this really was a case where the cure was probably worse than the disease.

Regardless of your opinion about malpractice, all doctors who treat prostate cancer have biases that are based on their own specialties. They recommend what they know how to do because of their training, and not always with the best interest of their patients in mind. It's more than a little unsettling for patients to realize that regardless of which type of treatment we choose to have, there's no 'magic bullet' and there will always be some chance that our cancer may come back.  As a radiation therapy "team," the three authors of this new book offer a very thorough and balanced presentation of this whole complicated field.
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I'm posting two reviews on here because the two books are mostly about the same subjects but from opposite points of view. I'm a new prostate cancer patient but my older brother went through it almost ten years ago and thanks to him I already knew a little about what to expect. He survived with surgery and so I haven't let myself get depressed about it, worried for sure, but so far not really down or bent out of shape.. I had my first PSA test back in 1998 and sort of expected it sooner or later, and then this year, bingo, it was my turn alright. But it wasn't my PSA that did me in, it was a lump my doctor found with the digital rectal exam. Then came the bad news I had a positive biopsy (and be forewarned, those biopsy needles turn your prostate into a pin cushion, which maybe is easier for some guys but still NOT a pleasant experience no matter what anybody tells you). I have to read a lot of technical books for my job and I plowed through these two prostate books just to be able to understand my own doctor's results and figure out what the hell to do next. One was Dr. Peter Scardino's surgical book and the other was Dr. Dattoli's radiation book. I think they're both good even with their "biases" and disagreements, and which one is better for you might just depend on who you believe more and what you want for yourself.

I think it's like both of these doctors say in their books, deciding the right treatment is like deciding between buying a Lincoln or a Cadillac. Only it's more of a gamble for us because we have to play the odds with being treated. What are the chances that I'll be cured? How likely is it that I'll have problems later on? It's all about percentages. My urologist told me I have a choice between prostatectomy and radiation (or else doing nothing).
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Radiation oncologist Michael J. Dattoli, M.D., Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner Jennifer Cash, and prostate cancer survivor and executive director of the Dattoli Cancer Center and Brachytherapy Institute Donald Kaltenbach present Surviving Prostate Cancer Without Surgery, a potentially lifesaving book brimming with information on the treatment options for those diagnosed with prostate cancer. In addition to possible choices of radiation, radical surgery, or some form of hormonal therapy, Surviving Prostate Cancer Without Surgery offers the latest medical data on state-of-the-art radiation therapy such as seed implants and IMRT (Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy). From its title, Surviving Prostate Cancer Without Surgery may appear to strongly advocate non-surgical approaches, but in fact the title is simply a reaction against the long-standing favoritism of surgery to the extent of perpetuating myths concerning how effective it truly is. Surviving Prostate Cancer Without Surgery gives an evenhanded assessment of various options, including statistical data with an eye toward possible contradictions or innacuracies hidden within the numbers. The goal is to provide the reader with as much information as possible, in clear, easy-to-understand terms, concerning prostate cancer, how it can be treated, why some men are more or less likely candidates for surgery than others, the risks involved in different types of treatment including risks of temporary or permanent incontience or impotence and how to get help - not only medical help, but also emotional and financial help. A "must-read" for anyone researching or personally grappling with difficult questions and problems concerning prostate cancer, the better to confront one's doctor and discuss options with as much knowledge about the situation as possible. Highly recommended.
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