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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: 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.