The Decision: Your Prostate Biopsy Shows Cancer. Now What?: Medical Insight, Personal Stories, and Humor by a Urologist Who Has Been

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Over 200,000 times a year in the U.S. a patient will leave his urologist's office having been told he has prostate cancer. What the patient thought to be a disease of old men from which they do not die, now becomes a very complicated and frustrating dilemma about which treatment to pursue. "The Decision" offers the reader an insider's view to the key issues necessary for a well thought-out treatment plan peculiar only to him. Being a urologist who treats prostate cancer and having had the disease as well, ...
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Overview

Over 200,000 times a year in the U.S. a patient will leave his urologist's office having been told he has prostate cancer. What the patient thought to be a disease of old men from which they do not die, now becomes a very complicated and frustrating dilemma about which treatment to pursue. "The Decision" offers the reader an insider's view to the key issues necessary for a well thought-out treatment plan peculiar only to him. Being a urologist who treats prostate cancer and having had the disease as well, uniquely positions the author in offering guidance to the newly diagnosed prostate cancer patient. Dr. McHugh outlines a novel and multifaceted approach, using an eclectic mix of medical insight ,personal stories and humor, to aid the reader in making his "Decision."

The US Review of Books - Carolyn Davis

A urologist, McHugh, was inspired to write this informative book after he developed prostate cancer and dealt with treatment options as a patient. Part guidebook, part autobiography, it is intended for men who are facing the often perplexing choices of potential treatments.

"Prostate stories" and more of McHugh's autobiography complete the book. The Decision is recommended for its combination of empirical tools, personal anecdotes, and overall compassion.

Clarion ForeWard Five Star out of Five Book Review:

McHugh has written an invaluable tool for the man facing the decision of how to treat his prostate cancer.

This reviewer too knows of what he speaks, having been diagnosed with prostate cancer nearly six years ago. He had robotic surgery and is living an active, cancer-free life.

John Michael Senger
April 28, 2011

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780692005651
  • Publisher: Jennie Cooper Press
  • Publication date: 2/7/2010
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 378,396
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. John McHugh has been a private practice urologist in Gainesville, Georgia for over twenty years. He received his undergraduate degree in Chemistry at North Georgia College in Dahlonega, Georgia. He went to medical school and did his urologic residency at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia. He and his wife Karen have been married twenty-nine years and have three children. His interests include teaching youth Sunday school, history, and anything related to water, particularly fishing. He was diagnosed and treated for prostate cancer in 2007. Witnessing for years the frustration of his patients making "the decision" regarding which therapy to choose and then having to experience it himself, prompted him to define his "decision making" journey for others. In the months that followed the results of his biopsy, it became clear that the decision is multifaceted and depends a lot on the patient's particular situation at the time of diagnosis. Combining his story telling abilities with his medical insight and experience offers the reader a fresh and novel approach to deciding what to do about his newly diagnosed cancer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2012

    Great book for a man recently diagnosed with prostate cancer

    The author is a doctor who had to face this disease. He provides a candid discussion with a little humor of how he made his treatment decision. He covers several options and makes it clear that you must be aware of your own age, health, and degree of cancer when you make your decision. He discusses his own case and several other cases as examples of what treatment was chosen and the side effects of the treatments. Dr. McHugh's book was a real help in making my decision. I recommend it.

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  • Posted May 19, 2010

    This book (written by someone who has actually "Been there, done that"), provides a well thought out, logical and calm approach to answering for yourself the difficult question of "What do I do now?".

    You've just gotten the diagnosis that you have prostate cancer. Emotions are high and it's just like being on an out of control freight train running 110 miles per hour. Your mind is racing through new terms: biopsy report, gleason number,prostate surgery, radiation, etc. After researching the internet things are only worse; now you are faced with information overload and no logical knowledge of how to make a decision on what course to take.

    You start reading THE DECISION and things begin to come into focus. A logical sequence of making the decision which best fits YOU as an individual is presented. The actual experiences of someqne who has "Been there, done that" are presented. The decision is still difficult to make. However, the information in this book provides a calm, logical process which is extremely valuable in making the decision which best fits an individuals personal circumstances and emotions.

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  • Posted May 11, 2010

    MUST READ FOR ALL MEN OVER AGE 5O!!

    First let me state that I have not been diagnosed with prostate cancer, yet! Over the last 15 years, since I was 50, I have experienced a roller coaster of PSA levels. The low numbers were still near or above 4 and the highs were above 8! These ups and downs have caused many hours of anxiety for me and my wife. During this emotional ride, I have had 4 prostate biopsies, all were negative!! My last PSA was high again and we are back to the anxiety and deciding on waiting until my next appointment in 6 months or having another biopsy just to be sure?? Then during a routine visit with my primary care doctor I brought him up-to-date on my prostate adventure. He told me about Dr. McHugh's book about his own experience with prostate cancer. He suggests I read the book even though I had not been diagnosed with prostate cancer. I had read one other book on the subject sometime ago and thought it might be a good idea to read something new on the subject.
    When I received the book and started reading, I could not put it down. It was such an easy read that it took me just 2 days to finish it! I was generally familiar with most of terms and topics from my own personnel experiences, but Dr. McHugh covered each step with just enough detail and in plain English that provides the reader with all the information and guidance necessary to make "The Decision"! Fortunately, I don't have to make that decision, not yet anyway, but it did provide me with peace-of-mind that if and when that time ever comes I will be able to make "The Decision" without any hesitation. The book provided me with all the information needed to feel empowered no matter what the outcome!
    Dr. McHugh's humor, that he so eloquently disperses through-out the book, provided not only entertainment, but also relieved a lot of my current anxiety about my decision to undergo another biopsy. I would highly recommend this book to any man (and his wife) that has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, but also has some anxiety about high PSA levels. Thank you Dr. McHugh!!!!

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    Posted May 31, 2010

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