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

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

by Gerald Chodak


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

The range of controversial therapies and treatments for prostate cancer is greater than that of any other cancer affecting men. Many of the current books on prostate cancer suffer from considerable bias promoting one treatment over another without good scientific evidence. Winning the Battle Against Prostate Cancer is an unbiased and up-to-date look at prostate cancer treatments and therapies, resolving the problem of contradictory and incomplete information. Dr. Chodak outlines the pros and cons of all reasonable treatment options, recognizing that men and their families need more than just the facts — they are concerned not only with their survival but also what life will be like after treatment. This book offers empathetic insight into the impact of the disease on day-to-day activities so that patients and family members have a clear understanding of what lies ahead and options that are available should complications arise. The book does not gloss over the controversies but presents them in a clear, concise, and easy-to-understand manner.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781936303038
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
Publication date: 12/07/2010
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About 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

Table of Contents

I Prevention
Early Detection, and Screening for Prostate Cancer
1. Preventing Prostate Cancer
2. Screening and Early Detection: Understanding the Risks and Benefits
3. The Prostate Biopsy-When, If, and How?
II What You Need Before Getting Treated
4. The Male Anatomy: How It All Fits Together
5. Staging Your Prostate Cancer
6. Understanding Tumor Stage and Tumor Grade
7. Understanding Medical Studies so You Can Get the Treatment That Is Right for You
III How to Treat Clinically Localized Prostate Cancer
8. Overview of Treatment Options
9. Watchful Waiting
10. Active Surveillance: A Safer Approach Than Watchful Waiting
11. Surgical Treatment of Localized Prostate Cancer
12. Removing the Lymph Nodes: If, When, and How?
13. External Beam Radiation
14. Brachytherapy
15. Cryotherapy or ""Freezing the Prostate"" for Localized Prostate Cancer
16. Hormone Therapy for Localized Prostate Cancer
17. High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound
18. How to Decide Which Treatment Is Right for You?
19. How to Improve Your Quality-of-Life
20. What to Do if the Prostate-Specific Antigen Rises After Local Therapy
IV Managing Locally Advanced Prostate Cancer
21. Radical Prostatectomy for Locally Advanced Prostate Cancer
22. Radiation Therapy for Locally Advanced Disease
23. Hormone Therapy for Locally Advanced Disease
24. Making a Decision About Locally Advanced Disease
V Managing Metastatic Prostate Cancer
25. Primary Hormone Therapy for Metastatic Prostate Cancer
26. Managing Metastatic Disease With Combined Androgen Blockade or Triple Drug Therapy
27. Managing Androgen-Independent Prostate Cancer With Second-line Hormone Therapies
28. Immunotherapy Using Sipuleucel-T
29. Chemotherapy
30. Treatment Options for Bone Metastases
31. Is a Research Study Right for You?
32. New Hope on the Horizon
VI What You Can Do to Help Yourself
33. The Role of Complementary and Alternative Medicine
34. Using the Internet
35. The Role of Support Groups and Counseling
36. What to Do When Therapy Is No Longer Effective
Index "

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