Surviving Prostate Cancer


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What You Need to Know to Make Informed Decisions

E. Fuller Torrey, M.D.; Illustrations by Carlton Stoiber

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The most informative book available on prostate cancer by a doctor who has himself survived the disease

When Dr. E. Fuller Torrey was diagnosed with prostate cancer, none of the books he could find was current enough or comprehensive enough to satisfy his need for information. This book is for the hundreds of thousands of other men who each year receive the same frightening diagnosis. It is the book Dr. Torrey wished he had when he was facing the countless questions that a man with prostate cancer, and his family and friends, all confront. Complete, up-to-date, and readable, the book explains how to come to terms with the diagnosis of prostate cancer, evaluate the severity of the disease, and assess the variety of treatment options and their complications. Many chapters provide information other books barely consider, such as a full discussion of the causes of prostate cancer and an evaluation of other books on the subject. Also included is a summary of the most useful Web sites. The author mixes his personal experience with factual material, and he maintains a reassuring sense of humor. His advice is practical, with dozens of tips and lists including “Ten Steps to Sanity for Men Recently Diagnosed with Prostate Cancer.” With Dr. Torrey’s book in hand, readers can now tackle all the important decisions about prostate cancer, confident in having the most accurate and complete information available.

E. Fuller Torrey, M.D., is a research psychiatrist and associate director for laboratory research, The Stanley Medical Research Institute. He is also the author of 18 books, including The Roots of Treason: Ezra Pound and the Secrets of St. Elizabeths, a National Book Critics Circle nominee. He lives in Bethesda, MD.

"Hopeful and reassuring, very balanced. Not scary and not too heavy on the psychological. Easy to understand."—Kathleen Besha, RN, BSN

"Fiercely frank, yet compassionate and sensitive. This book is liberating in its honest revelations about self and its bringing together the revelations of others. Surviving Prostate Cancer destigmatizes, demystifies and educates all who have the wisdom to read this book."—Dr. Stephen P. Hersh

"Dr. Torrey skillfully guides the reader through the tangle of knowledge surrounding prostate cancer and helps him to focus on important facts. What sets his book apart is the detail and thoroughness of his discussions."—Ralph DeVito, M.D., urologist

"Torrey's book is a clear summary of the issues a man has to deal with when he's faced with prostate cancer. If it had been available when I was diagnosed, it would have made the decisions a lot easier."—Tom Andersen, author

"Dr. Torrey addresses every aspect of getting through prostate cancer that any man would need, in a thorough, yet understandable and human manner.  I would recommend this book to any man seeking to prepare himself for the journey through prostate cancer."—Sally L. Maliski, PhD, RN, UCLA School of Nursing 

"Fuller's comprehensive guide describes his own medical and personal experiences while offering detailed explanations of diagnostic and staging procedures, treatment options, potential complications, recurrence, risk factors, possible causes, and other essential topics backed with numerous references to the professional literature. Matter-of-fact discussions about such sensitive issues as sexuality, impotence, incontinence, and the value of support systems are lightened by cartoon illustrations, 'prostate trivia,' quotes from other men with the disease, and a comprehensive annotated list of books and web sites that will appeal to both male and female readers. . . . An essential purchase for consumer health collections."—Library Journal (starred review)

"For each mode of therapy, Torrey includes information on which patients are good candidates, the actual process, the probable outcome, and possible complications. The guidelines for determining which treatment option is the right one for a particular person include such variables as the severity of the cancer, cost, life expectancy, and access to a good hospital. The book provides advice for dealing with common complications of prostate cancer and offers help in dealing with the possibility of recurrence."—

"A new book . . . presents information in a way the average person can understand. Surviving Prostate Cancer takes the author's experience with prostate cancer and combines it with the information that a patient would need to help him make informed decisions as to how to proceed when the diagnosis is made."—Black Men

"Very complete, clearly written and easily understood. . . . A page turner. . . . I will highly recommend [Surviving Prostate Cancer] for patients recently diagnosed as well as those already treated as it contains useful information for both groups. I also would not hesitate recommending it for a physician read as well."—Paul Schellhammer, Journal of Urology

Selected as a 2007 AAUP University Press Book for Public and Secondary School Libraries.
ISBN: 9780300126075
Publication Date: January 28, 2008
304 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
33 b/w illus.
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