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|How to Use This Book||5|
|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|
|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|
|Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Scan||59|
|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|
|Debulking the Tumor||74|
|Addressing Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms||75|
|Risk of Impotence||79|
|Cryosurgery (Cryotherapy, Cryoablation)||83|
|Radiation Therapy (RT)||90|
|Advances in RT||91|
|External Beam Radiation Therapy (EBRT)||109|
|Androgen Deprivation Therapy (ADT)||128|
|Watchful Waiting or Objectified Observation||156|
|Chemotherapy of PC||159|
|Treatments on the Horizon||160|
|Angiostatin and Endostatin||162|
|Atrasentan: An Endothelin Receptor Antagonist||163|
|Antisense Oligonucleotides (ASO)||170|
|What You Should Have Learned from This Chapter||176|
|Chapter 5||What You Should Have Learned From This Primer||181|
|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 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|
Posted June 15, 2005
'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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 15, 2005
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 14, 2005
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 14, 2005
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 27, 2005
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 16, 2005
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, AZWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 27, 2005
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 13, 2005
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 13, 2005
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 10, 2005
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 HurlbutWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 2, 2005
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 4, 2005
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.'Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 27, 2005
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 23, 2005
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 GroupWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 2, 2008
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