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Posted April 18, 2005
Book brings up to date the prostate gland and its 'real' problems for the ageing male. It is especially complete on BPH and prostate cancer. It is referenced well for those of us who like to see the original literature where the cited information was taken. If interested in getting the lastest prostate information, which is required today for best results, when meeting with your 'very busy' urologist, this book is a must.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 16, 2005
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 (Surviving Prostate Cancer Without Surgery). 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 these doctors say in their books, deciding the right treatment is like deciding between buying a Lincoln or 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). So I can either have my prostate cut out or I can have it zapped with radiation seeds. Fortunately, both are covered by insurance and for me it's turning out to be pretty much of a no-brainer because of my early stage and low risk that the cancer has spread. But if you're facing it, like every doctor will tell you, you've got to decide for yourself with your own PSA and Gleason scores and whatever your needs are and instincts tell you. There is a learning curve and both these books are a good way to start on it because they REALLY force you to test yourself and your doctors. Unlike many other surgeons, my urologist does both the surgery and the seeds and he lets his patients decide which they want and tells them what his own results have been for each kind of treatment. No pressure either way. His results were published in the medical journals this year and that study might help you find your way through the maze to get a handle on where the books are coming from and where your own doctors are coming from. This was a big 12-year study by six urologists in their group practice who treated more than 1700 patients who had either the surgery or radiation. If you're interested you can find it on Google or Yahoo by searching under 'Dr. Jerrold Sharkey' and the University of South Florida. Hope it helps. So cutting hairs, I guess I'd have to say Dr. Dattoli's book is a little more focused in for me and also he agrees more with my urologist so I'll give him the five stars and Dr. Scardino the four, with sincere thanks to both for being my devils advocates. My advice would be to read them both because the more knowledge that we have going in the better off we're likely to be no matter what happens later on down the line. Writing this was my own way of thinking it through again, hopefully for the last time, and I'll end by saying GOOD LUCK to all of us who find ourselves in this situation.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.