Invasion of the Prostate Snatchers-A book about treatment of prostate cancer

Ralph Blum, a cultural anthropologist with prostate cancer, and Dr. Mark Scholz, an oncologist who specializes in the treatment of prostate cancer chronicle the various treatment options for prostate cancer in the book Invasion of the Prostate Snatchers (Other Press).  Mr. Blum looks at the disease from the standpoint of patient who is confronted with the decision of how to treat this common male cancer that affects nearly 200,000 men each year.  Many men receive a radical prostatectomy which surgically removes the prostate gland and leaves the man at risk for erectile dysfunction and urinary incontinence or leaking of urine requiring the use of diaper.

The authors advise those who are confronted with making a decision regarding the treatment of prostate cancer to slop up and take a deep breath and get the facts about all the treatment options including watchful waiting which means treating prostate cancer as a chronic condition and obtaining an examination and a PSA blood test every 4-6 months to monitor the cancer.  I recommend this book as a good resource for those men who have the disease and want to make a good decision with the help of their doctor of the best treatment for their prostate cancer.

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