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4.0 out of 5 stars Attacking prostatic cancer, 3 May 2013
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This review is from: Dr Patrick Walsh's Guide To Surviving Prostate Cancer (Paperback)
Along with "Scardino", Walsh's book is a readily accessible assist for the legion of laymen afflicted with prostatic cancer. While to some (those of us who have a degree of understanding - if not the Latin - of medical and surgical terminology) it may appear somewhat chatty and condescending, in his work Walsh demonstrates why he is widely accepted as one of the leading lights in this complex field. One quickly realizes that medicine is not an exact science, the consequences of which continue to lead to unnecessarily delayed treatment of this widespread disease. The reader is accompanied through the various stages of the condition, from screening, diagnosis and initial therapies - radiation and surgery - for prostatic cancer, to the much more serious challenges of persistent and recurrent (metastatic) disease. The text is well presented, as one would expect of a book now in its third edition, and by an author writing his fifth book on prostatic cancer. Investigative and experimental therapies for the terminally ill are also discussed. The cold horror of "successful" drugs, which can extend the life of patients with metastatic complications by some months, at (disproportionately?) great financial cost, is also outlined.
In a corner of medicine still plagued by the minefields of "observant waiting" (in case you manage to die of something else before your cancer gets you!), Walsh succeeds in presenting an impartial and dispassionate treatise on a scourge which is reckoned to afflict 60% of men over 60, and constitutes one of the main causes of male deaths in developed nations.
This book belongs in the hands of all these men before it is too late......
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