The Decision: Your prostate biopsy shows cancer. Now what?: Medical insight, personal stories, and humor by a urologist who has been where you are now.
Over 200,000 times a year in the U.S. a patient will leave his urologist's office having been told he has prostate cancer. What the patient thought to be a disease of old men from which they do not die, now becomes a very complicated and frustrating dilemma about which treatment to pursue. "The Decision" offers the reader an insider's view to the key issues necessary for a well thought-out treatment plan peculiar only to him. Being a urologist who treats prostate cancer and having had the disease as well, uniquely positions the author in offering guidance to the newly diagnosed prostate cancer patient. Dr. McHugh outlines a novel and multifaceted approach, using an eclectic mix of medical insight ,personal stories and humor, to aid the reader in making his "Decision." The US Review of Books - Carolyn Davis A urologist, McHugh, was inspired to write this informative book after he developed prostate cancer and dealt with treatment options as a patient. Part guidebook, part autobiography, it is intended for men who are facing the often perplexing choices of potential treatments. "Prostate stories" and more of McHugh's autobiography complete the book. The Decision is recommended for its combination of empirical tools, personal anecdotes, and overall compassion. Clarion ForeWard Five Star out of Five Book Review: McHugh has written an invaluable tool for the man facing the decision of how to treat his prostate cancer. This reviewer too knows of what he speaks, having been diagnosed with prostate cancer nearly six years ago. He had robotic surgery and is living an active, cancer-free life. John Michael Senger April 28, 2011
Been There, Had That!
By Philip W. Frick - March 3, 2010
My major life decision in October 2003 could have been made with better logic and less stress had this book, "The Decision," been available at the time. That was when my biopsy report confirmed I had prostate cancer.
Now having read Dr. McHugh's book and taking a retro-perspective of my treatment strategies, I am more confident than ever that my decision was consistent with both my wife's and my personal objectives for treatment outcomes. It is comforting to see that "The Decision" includes the wife's issues and concerns. After all this important decision has significant implications for both.
Dr. McHugh takes the reader on a journey though a difficult physiological and psychological health issue, with a writing style that offers ease of understanding, a clear exploration of treatment options and meaningful risk/reward analyses. All the pertinent anatomical data is there, along with rather humorous anecdotes relating to his personal experiences with... read more
Good but not perfect
By MikeS - March 10, 2011
Having just been diagnosed with prostate cancer (Gleason score 6, low volume) and not yet decided on a treatment I ordered this book as part of a number of sources I'm going trough to better understand what I have and the options for treatment.
First the positive of Dr. McHugh's book, it doesn't pull punches and provides both an insight of someone who has gone through this themselves as well as laying out the pro's and con's of different treatment options. In particular the worksheets are a good starting point to focus on what therapeutic modality may make the most sense for the reader.
Now the reason I gave it a three. No matter how much Dr. McHugh say's that he is trying to be balanced, I felt that as a surgeon himself who chose surgery to treat his prostate cancer, there was a slant toward surgery, unless you are obviously not a candidate for it, as the treatment of choice. At one point in fact he stated that it seemed to him that patients who chose... read more
"The Decision" provides empowerment to men (and their wives)!!
By Jim L. - April 29, 2010
First let me state that I have not been diagnosed with prostate cancer, yet! Over the last 15 years, since I was 50, I have experienced a roller coaster of PSA levels. The low numbers were still near or above 4 and the highs were above 8! These ups and downs have caused many hours of anxiety for me and my wife. During this emotional ride, I have had 4 prostate biopsies, all were negative!! My last PSA was high again and we are back to the anxiety and deciding on waiting until my next appointment in 6 months or having another biopsy just to be sure?? Then during a routine visit with my primary care doctor I brought him up-to-date on my prostate adventure. He told me about Dr. McHugh's book about his own experience with prostate cancer. He suggested I read the book even though I had not been diagnosed with prostate cancer. I had read one other book on the subject sometime ago and thought it might be a good idea to read something new on the subject.
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