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From The CriticsReviewer: Mohamed T Ismail, MD(VA Medical Center Wilmington)
Description: Providing a patient's perspective of the experience of prostate cancer, this book discusses the diagnosis, evaluation, treatment options, and emotional aspects related to the diagnosis.
Purpose: The author provides insight into the experience of navigating a prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment. It is a unique perspective from a very well-informed patient. He also analyzes some of the business, medical, and political aspects of the disease.
Audience: The book is intended for patients who have recently been diagnosed with prostate cancer and their families, but it is also very helpful for allied health personnel such as social workers and clerical staff. Finally, healthcare providers might find this book very helpful in enabling them to see the disease from a patient's perspective.
Features: The first three chapters cover the author's initial diagnosis of prostate cancer. The next group of chapters describes in detail his experience with the tests he underwent and the therapy he chose to treat his cancer. Chapters 7 thru 9 describe various business and political aspects of the disease. The final section of the book describes spiritual well-being and living with prostate cancer.
Assessment: This could be a very useful tool for every patient after a diagnosis of prostate cancer as well as for their family members or friends. It is well written, simple, and to the point.