Winning the Battle Against Prostate Cancer: Get The Treatment That's Right For You

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Winning the Battle Against Prostate Cancer provides the most complete, up-to-date and unbiased look at prostate cancer treatments and therapies for every stage of the disease.

A prostate cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming and confusing. In Winning the Battle Against Prostate Cancer, one of the country’s leading experts, Dr. Chodak, provides detailed information on the advantages and disadvantages of all available ...

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Overview

Fully Revised and Updated

Winning the Battle Against Prostate Cancer provides the most complete, up-to-date and unbiased look at prostate cancer treatments and therapies for every stage of the disease.

A prostate cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming and confusing. In Winning the Battle Against Prostate Cancer, one of the country’s leading experts, Dr. Chodak, provides detailed information on the advantages and disadvantages of all available treatments, including new tests, therapies, and drugs. Incorporating results from the most recent studies, including game-changing findings on the worth of surgery, he also shows you how to:

  • decide which treatment is right for you
  • ask your doctor the right questions
  • improve your quality of life
  • know which sources of information to trust

And much more.

With Winning the Battle Against Prostate Cancer, you will have all of the resources you need to make the best decisions about your care.

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Reviewer: Robert B Den, MD (Thomas Jefferson University)
Description: This is the second edition of a patient-friendly overview of the complex decision-making necessary in the management of prostate cancer.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a comprehensive overview for patients who have recently been diagnosed with prostate cancer and their families. The author covers the vast disease spectrum from localized to metastatic disease with care and sensitivity to empower patients.
Audience: Although written for patients and their families, this book is comprehensive enough to serve as a primer for medical students and residents. The author has extensive clinical experience in this field.
Features: The book covers the entire spectrum of the disease, beginning with a basic understanding of prostate anatomy and biology, tracing the potential progression from localized disease to metastatic. The book closes with an empathic and frank discussion of end-of-life care. The only shortcoming is now that prostate cancer management is truly a multidisciplinary effort, the work would be enhanced with contributions from clinicians from the different areas to provide a more comprehensive understanding, particularly in radiation and chemotherapy.
Assessment: This guide helps patients make sense of the management and prognosis of their prostate cancer. The overview enables patients to gain a basic understanding of the disease in order to be true partners with their physicians in the decision-making.
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“A comprehensive overview for patients who have recently been diagnosed with prostate cancer and their families. The author covers the vast disease spectrum from localized to metastatic disease with care and sensitivity to empower patients.” —Doody’s Reviews

Praise for the first edition:

“The structure and content of this book is superb, and it will be an excellent resource for prostate cancer patients. The author skillfully provides the actual results of significant prostate cancer research in a format that will be understandable to educated lay persons.” — Doody's Reviews

“This book should be read by every man concerned about prostate cancer screening, prevention, and treatment.” — Otis W. Brawley, MD, Chief Medical Officer, American Cancer Society

“As Dr. Chodak points out, being empowered and learning to cope comes through knowledge and hope. His book provides a comprehensive view of this complex and often controversial disease.” — Thomas N. Kirk, President and chief Executive Officer, Us TOO International Prostate Cancer Education and Support Network

“I am a 42 -year prostate cancer survivor and I have read many books pertaining to prostate cancer. This book is the most comprehensive and extensive book I have ever read. I would recommend reading this book no matter what stage you happen to be at the present time.” — Edward C. Kaps, Cofounder and Past President, Us TOO International Prostate Cancer Education and Support Network

Winning the Battle Against Prostate Cancer is the first book that is both a balanced and comprehensive review of almost all aspects of prostate cancer.... This will be highly recommended reading for all my patients who have an interest in prostate cancer.” — E. David Crawford, MD, Professor of Surgery/Urology/Radiation Oncology, Head Urologic Oncology, E. David Crawford Endowed Chair in Urologic Oncology, University of Colorado, Denver, CO

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936303540
  • Publisher: Demos Medical Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 9/9/2013
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 388,191
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Utilizing his experience as both a clinician and an educator, Gerald Chodak, MD, is one of the leading experts on prostate cancer. Dr. Chodak has been treating patients with prostate cancer since 1981 and was a full-time faculty member at the University of Chicago for 18 years until forming the Midwest Prostate and Urology Health Center in 1999. He helped form the first chapter of Us TOO, the international support group for men and their significant others with prostate cancer. Currently, he does a weekly video blog for Medscape entitled "Controversies in Urology," and is a member of their editorial board. During his career Dr. Chodak has co-authored more than 150 scientific articles and book chapters and is the author of Prostate Cancer: Reducing Your Risks. He maintains a prostate educational website at www.ProstateVideos.com.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction: Why This Book Will Help You Win the Battle
Acknowledgments
I: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE CHOOSING YOUR TREATMENT
Chapter 1: The Male Anatomy: How It All Fits Together
Chapter 2: Staging Your Prostate Cancer
Chapter 3: What is Your Tumor Stage and Grade?
Chapter 4: Understanding Medical Studies Used to Evaluate Different Treatments
Chapter 5: How Dangerous is Your Cancer? Using Tumor Grade and Tumor Stage to Assess Your Risk
II: How To Treat Clinically Localized Prostate Cancer
Chapter 6: Beginning the Process of Choosing Your Therapy
Chapter 7: Watchful Waiting
Chapter 8: Active Surveillance: A Safer Approach Than Watchful Waiting
Chapter 9: Surgical Treatment
Chapter 10: Removing the Lymph Nodes: If, When and How?
Chapter 11: External Beam Radiation
Chapter 12: Brachytherapy
Chapter 13: Cryotherapy or “Freezing the Prostate”
Chapter 14: Androgen Deprivation Therapy (ADT)
Chapter 15: High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU)
Chapter 16: The Effects of Treatment on Men’s Quality of Life
Chapter 17: How To Decide Which Treatment is Right For You?
Chapter 18: How to Improve Your Quality of Life
Chapter 19: What to Do If the Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) Rises After Local Therapy
III: MANAGING LOCALLY ADVANCED PROSTATE CANCER

Chapter 20: Overview of Treating Locally Advanced Prostate Cancer
Chapter 21: Radical Prostatectomy for Locally Advanced Prostate Cancer
Chapter 22: Radiation Therapy for Locally Advanced Disease
Chapter 23: Androgen Deprivation Therapy (ADT) for Locally Advanced Disease
Chapter 24: Choosing a Therapy for Locally Advanced Disease
IV: MANAGING METASTATIC PROSTATE CANCER
Chapter 25: Overview of Metastatic Prostate Cancer
Chapter 26: Bilateral Orchiectomy
Chapter 27: Non-Surgical Options for Androgen Deprivation Therapy (ADT)
Chapter 28: Combined Androgen Blockade (CAB) and Triple Drug Therapy for Metastatic Disease
Chapter 29: Treatment Options for Bone Metastases
Chapter 30: Management of Castrate Resistant Prostate Cancer (CRPC)
Chapter 31: Immunotherapy Using Sipuleucel-T (Provenge) for Castrate Resistant Prostate Cancer (CRPC)
Chapter 32: Abiraterone Acetate (Zytiga) for Castrate Resistant Prostate Cancer (CRPC)
Chapter 33: Second-Line Therapies for Castrate Resistant Prostate Cancer (CRPC) That Affect Male Hormones
Chapter 34: First-Line Chemotherapy for Castrate Resistant Prostate Cancer (CRPC) Using Docetaxel (Taxotere)
Chapter 35: Treatment Options for Men with Progressive Disease After Docetaxel
Chapter 36: Second-Line Chemotherapy
Chapter 37: New Treatments On the Horizon for CRPC
Chapter 38: The Pros and Cons of Enrolling in a Clinical Research Study
V: What You Can Do To Help Yourself
Chapter 39: The Role of Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Chapter 40: Using the Internet
Chapter 41: The Role of Support Groups and Counseling
Chapter 42: What to Do When Therapy is no Longer Effective
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

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  • Posted February 3, 2011

    Great Resource for Men

    If you or a man you know has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, this is one resource you should definitely own. Dr. Gerald Chodak, the author, is an expert in the disease who founded the Midwest Prostate and Urology Health Center in 1999 in, I believe, Chicago. The book is published this year so you know this is up-to-date information

    I don't know of any cancer that has so many tough choices involved in selecting treatment (or not) and this book answers all of your questions in easy-to-read format without medical jargon or confusion. There is a glossary in the back and an index. In addition, the table of contents not only tells you the name of each chapter, but also in bullet points what is included in that chapter.

    Because prostate cancer can develop quite slowly, sometimes the best course is to do nothing but watch the PSA (prostate specific antigen) level which can be followed with a simple blood test. That is your indicator of how slowly or quickly the cancer is growing. If you decide to proceed with a treatment, and remember it is your choice, this book explains every detail of every treatment. You know how it is done, what to expect, and possible outcomes. You have everything at your disposal to help you make the best decision for you.

    The downside of this decision process is that very few controlled studies have been done on the different choices, and Dr. Chodak writes that such studies are necessary for physicians and patients both. The problem is that few men are willing to take part in studies.

    In his book, the doctor is clearly in favor of radical prostatectomy (complete removal of the prostate) for most men. The exceptions are men with slow growing disease who don't have a life expectancy of more than ten years, either because of advanced age or because of other disease processes. There are nonsurgical options as well. He is straightforward with information about possible side effects of treatment such as erectile dysfunction and urinary incontinence, as well as others that aren't so traumatic.

    The only thing missing from this excellent book in my opinion is drawings of anatomy. Since this is written for patients and their loved ones, they are unlikely to have such drawings at hand unless the urologist has given them appropriate pictures. The descriptions of the anatomy involved are very well done, but pictures would be a great help. I can't help remembering former neighbors whose father had "problems with his prostrates" and it was obvious neither he nor his sons had a clue about it. I do like the charts showing treatments and their side effects clearly.

    Again, I urge you to buy this book if you are faced with prostate cancer or your husband or father. Give it to any friends who have the disease. This is vitally important information you need to have in your home.

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