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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
Posted June 24, 2012
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 19, 2010
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.
Posted May 11, 2010
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!!!!
Posted May 31, 2010
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