A Primer on Prostate Cancer: The Empowered Patient's Guide

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A Primer on Prostate Cancer, The Empowered Patient’s Guide¨ is a basic resource to be used by patients and physicians when there has been a diagnosis of prostate cancer. It outlines a strategy of disease management that is designed to maximize outcomes for the patient and his loved ones. All aspects of diagnosis and testing are discussed; all currently approved treatments for prostate cancer are described. Discussion of treatment options includes information on side effects and includes questions the patient may ...
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Overview

A Primer on Prostate Cancer, The Empowered Patient’s Guide¨ is a basic resource to be used by patients and physicians when there has been a diagnosis of prostate cancer. It outlines a strategy of disease management that is designed to maximize outcomes for the patient and his loved ones. All aspects of diagnosis and testing are discussed; all currently approved treatments for prostate cancer are described. Discussion of treatment options includes information on side effects and includes questions the patient may not think to ask his doctor. Discussions of various treatments include the salvage therapies that might be employed if primary treatment fails. There is an extensive section on the theory and practice of androgen deprivation therapy in its various forms, since many patients have need of this type of information. There is a discussion of “Treatments on the Horizon” for the patient who is interested in the ongoing research in the world of prostate cancer. This is a current, comprehensive guide to prostate cancer presented in understandable terms with a user-friendly color format that will help the reader educate himself about prostate cancer. The book strives to help patients and their loved ones to combat ignorance and fear, replacing that with the empowerment of education.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780965877770
  • Publisher: Life Extension Media
  • Publication date: 2/1/2005
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 188
  • Sales rank: 1,388,968
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Stephen B. Strum began his medical oncology practice in 1973. He collaborated with Dr. Fernand Labrie in 1983 on the use of combined androgen blockade in the treatment of prostate cancer-six years prior to FDA approval of Eulexin (flutamide) and Lupron (leoprolide). As a result of this pioneering work, his entire oncology practice was soon focused solely on prostate cancer.
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Table of Contents

How to Use This Book 5
An Overview 7
Chapter 1 How to Proceed 11
Move Beyond Panic 11
Synergize Your Efforts 11
Understand Your Options 12
Understand the Inherent Biases 13
Know the Tempo of the Disease 14
Choosing a Doctor and a Treatment 15
Keep Meticulous Records 17
Be Aware of the Financial Side of Your Illness 20
Gathering Information 21
Nuts and Bolts 22
What You Should Have Learned from This Chapter 23
Chapter 2 The Basics of Prostate Cancer 25
How Does Prostate Cancer Work? 28
What You Should Have Learned from This Chapter 31
Chapter 3 Diagnosis and Testing 33
The PSA and the Free PSA Percentage 36
Digital Rectal Exam (DRE) 41
Biopsy of the Prostate and the Gleason Score 45
Prostatic Acid Phosphatase (PAP) 51
ProstaScint Scan 54
Endorectal MRI 57
DNA Ploidy 58
Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Scan 59
Bone Scan 60
CT (Computerized Tomography) Scan or CAT Scan 62
USPIO Particle Scanning and Lymph Node Investigation 63
Chromogranin A (CGA) 63
Transforming Growth Factor Beta 1 (TGF-[beta subscript 1]) 66
uPM3 Urine Test 67
What You Should Have Learned from This Chapter 68
Chapter 4 Treatment Options 69
Radical Prostatectomy (RP) 72
Pathological Examination 73
Debulking the Tumor 74
Addressing Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms 75
Risk of Impotence 79
Penile Shrinkage 79
Dry Orgasms 79
Incontinence 80
Anastomotic Stricture 82
Salvage Therapies 83
Cryosurgery (Cryotherapy, Cryoablation) 83
Cryosurgery Centers 86
Cryosurgery Results 88
Radiation Therapy (RT) 90
Advances in RT 91
Overview 92
Brachytherapy 93
External Beam Radiation Therapy (EBRT) 109
Androgen Deprivation Therapy (ADT) 128
ADT Overview 129
Watchful Waiting or Objectified Observation 156
Chemotherapy of PC 159
Treatments on the Horizon 160
Aptosyn 160
Provenge 160
Angiostatin and Endostatin 162
Atrasentan: An Endothelin Receptor Antagonist 163
Oncolytic Viruses 165
Antisense Oligonucleotides (ASO) 170
Clinical Trials 174
What You Should Have Learned from This Chapter 176
Chapter 5 What You Should Have Learned From This Primer 181
Afterword 185
Acknowledgments 187
Appendix A Resources A1
Introduction A1
To Educate You and Provide Guidance A2
To Contribute to Your Knowledge Base A3
To Communicate at a Higher Level with Your Medical Team A6
To Create a Personalized Assessment of Your Status A6
To Obtain Highly Focused Guidance A7
To Ask Your Doctor Questions A8
To Focus Further on Local Treatment Options A8
To Resolve Treatment Side-Effects and Prevent Them A9
To Employ Preventive and Wholistic Approaches A10
To Further Your Assistance A11
Appendix B If You Want To Know More B1
Appendix C The Partin Tables 2001 C1
Appendix D Glossary and TNM Staging Definitions D1
Appendix E References E1
Appendix F Useful Forms F1
The Transrectal Ultrasound of the Prostate (TRUSP) Form F3
The Diagnostic Biopsy Form F6
The Biomarkers, Hormones, Bone Integrity and Other Labs Form F9
The AUA Symptom Score Form F12
The Bone Scan Form F16
The PC Laboratory Form F20
The ProstaScint-CT Fusion Form F22
The Endorectal MRI with Spectroscopy Form F25
The Helpline Medical Form (HMF) F27
The Flow Sheet Form F36
The Summary Sheet and Surveillance Form F39
Appendix G Clinical Stages of PC Illustrated G1
Appendix H Figures, Tables, Physician's Notes, and Forms Listed H1
List of Figures H1
List of Tables H4
List of Physician's Notes H6
List of Forms H7
Index
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2005

    This is the 'Bible' of the Wichita, Kansas Chapter Us TOO

    '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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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2005

    Recommended first read about prostate cancer

    I work with men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer and always recommend the Primer as the first book to read on this complex subject. The authors have deep and broad knowledge of the subject, and present it well. A useful and important book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2005

    Must Have Book for Prostate Cancer Patients

    As a prostate cancer survivor with recurring disease of fourteen years I have read published studies, newsletters, books, and participated in support groups plus cancer mail lists on the net. The Primer is written by one of the main medical-oncologists in the world in collaboration with a prostate cancer knowledgeable, talented writer. I find the organization, material and illustrations the best I have seen anywhere. This book is a reference work and is used by me and many other patents almost daily. The new edition is an upgrade needed because of advances made in treatment since it was first published. Even so, the first edition is still continuing to help so many folks who need a reliable, accessable source of information on this disease that claims so many lives and negatively effects quality of life for many more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2005

    Outstanding Reference for Patients and Physicians

    Dr. Stephen Strum and Donna Pogliano have written an excellent book, now in it's second edition, that will guide both patients 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 prostate cancer support group meetings.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2005

    Excellent very encompassing AAAA++++

    Most comprenhensive book I have seen available. In depth with referrences and information on various modalities for treatment options. Non biased in informative education on the whole subject matter. This is 'The' book you definitely should have to consult and help empower you on the journey you are facing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2005

    This Primer is a prime reference for prostate cancer survivors

    This is a class act among prostate cancer books. It serves the newly diagnosed as well as those surviving or coping with the disease. It is a valuable reference for men and their families during difficult times. It contains valuable information on how to properly stage and accordingly treat the disease. It will help you in your decision making process. Use it to help yourself and help others. The information is current, clear and direct to the point. Order a copy, you will not be disappointed. Ralph Valle Phoenix, AZ

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2005

    A (Priceless) Primer on Prostate Cancer

    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! The 'key' to this book is found on page 72 where the authors outline an approach to achieve the best outcome for any prostate cancer patient. This paragraph alone is worth the price of the book! 'The Primer' is a 'must read' book for the newly diagnosed or post-treatment patient! It will remain as a reference work as I help others become 'empowered patients' as the authors of this excellent guide have helped me to become.I recommend this book without reservation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2005

    Essential Reading for Men and their Loved Ones

    The Prostate Primer is without doubt a very valuable source of knowledge for any man diagnosed with prostate cancer who wishes to gain some measure of control and understanding of his options for treatment and survival. If it had been available when I was diagnosed eight and a half years ago it would have saved me a many of the hours I spent in searching through the countless thousands of websites for the information I needed so desperately. As the authors say, this is no novel to be picked up a read in one session. It is a serious work to deal with a potentially dangerous disease. To the newly diagnosed man it may seem overwhelming, but anyone who is earnest in his desire to learn more will soon find that the book strikes a good balance in dealing with technical information in a way that can be understood by a lay person. All men diagnosed with prostate cancer should be given this book, which should also be read by their loved ones and supporters. It gives them an incalculable chance to improve the outcome of their diagnosis.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2005

    A 'Must-Have' for evey PC patient!

    The Primer is the first step in any man's education on prostate cancer. It's accurate, concise and informative content is a valuable tool in making individual decisions on how to deal and manage the disease, while maintain a quality of life for the patient and his family. The disease is a progression of steps and the first step is to read the Primer and then start asking questions.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2005

    If someone you love has been diagnosed with Prostate Cancer...

    You MUST get this book!!! It is, without a doubt, the MOST informative, MOST comprehensive, MOST helpful book you will find on the subject of Prostate Cancer on the market. I've purchased several copies of the original book and loan them out regularly. So many men and their partners are in desperate NEED of the information the authors share with us for their very SURVIVAL!! This is a MUST READ for ALL Prostate Cancer patients and/or their partners. We were diagnosed with Stage IV (end stage)cancer and given 2 years... at best. That was from one of the foremost cancer treatment centers in this country. We're now enjoying our SEVENTH year of survival. Thank you, Ms. Pogliano. Thank you, Dr. Strum. Those words seems so little to offer in light of such a magnamous gift but... I'm not certain how one finds the 'appropriate' words to express the feelings of gratitude for giving us another chance at life!!! I remain eternally grateful to you both for sharing your unbelievable knowledge in a clear,concise manner that can be understood by a lay person. With love, GREAT respect,and appreciation, LaVonda Hurlbut

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2005

    Get Informed to SURVIVE!

    It is imperative to have a chance at surviving prostate cancer that a patient become informed and stay informed. Fighting cancer is like a battle. It must be fought tactically (what is my current treatment?) and strategically (what will I do if it progresses and how do I monitor it to tell if it does?). This is the ONE BOOK that has treated both aspects and does it in such a way as to communicate both to the prostate cancer survivor as well as to his doctor(s). Numerous references to the literature are included for the inquiring patient or doctor for follow-up. If you are dealing with prostate cancer in your life, or know someone who is, this book can easily be a life saver! I am very active managing my prostate cancer treatment and find I repeatedly use this book as my primary written guide and reference book. I highly recommend it to the prostate patient who wishes to take an active role in his treatment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2005

    The Only Prostate Cancer Book You Will Ever Need

    I am a prostate cancer survivor of eleven years, and have read almost every book I can find on this subject. This is the most informative, comprehensive, and easy to understand of them all. It is in a class by itself. I tell my fellow prostate cancer patients,both newly diagnosed and experienced, 'Throw away any other books on prostate cancer you may have. This is all you need.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2005

    This is the Little Golden Book of Prostate Cancer

    For the man who is newly diagnosed with prostate cancer, or his wife/partner, this is THE book to read first. It is thorough, well illustrated and explains the ins and outs of prostate cancer in terms that are easily understandable for the non-medical person. It deals with diagnosis and the risks/benefits of the various treatment modalities. Nothing is left unsaid. Buy two copies, one to keep and one for your doctor.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2005

    A Must Read For Prostate Cancer Patients

    The book contains the most current and relevant information to help the prostate cancer patient make well informed decisions to help get the best of medical care. It is well illustrated with many easy to follow diagrams and charts. In this book are found the nuts and bolts of what the patient needs to steer the course of his illness and ensure a safe passage. I¿ve read most of the books for the prostate cancer patient and this one certainly tops the list. Howard Waage Facilitator-Santa Cruz Prostate Cancer Support Group

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