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Prostate Cancer: Sheep or Wolf?

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This is an excellent book for anyone who is looking for very detailed information about prostate cancer from start to finish of the disease.  Very enlightening, very important.  Lots of good information.  It gives the reader enough information to be able to make in informed decision about how they should be taking care of themselves and their prostates throughout life.
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This is an interesting book about prostate cancer that details the author's medical journey through the illness. It provides quite a lot of information about prostate cancer, screening, and treatments, along with their consequences. It goes into details about his life throughout, including lots about various trips he took, people he hung out with, projects he undertook, and so on. I understand that he added these elements (along with some rather interesting line drawings) because it is his story and it also gives context to what he did and what else was going on, but it makes the book read more like a memoir at times and less like an informational book.

Wadsworth was ultimately able to really take charge of his cancer and react very specifically at different times in order to manage the consequences like losing sexual function or bladder control or dealing with chemo and/or radiation. He was able to do this in large part because he owns his own business that has bases in both the US and the UK, and he was able to utilize the UK's medical system (and at least once, doctors in Switzerland I believe). He frequently describes the differences in the medical choices and care you get between the two, and the book is as much a condemnation of our American health care system as it is an informative book about prostate cancer. If not for his privilege in having the money and access to UK health care and sometimes care beyond even that, he would have had very different results. He is very open about this but it also means that the book will be less useful for those who don't have these options. It's still packed with information that will be helpful for all men (not just those who know they have prostate cancer or alarming test scores), but it may be a difficult read for those who just don't have the money to take all the avenues the author did.

I read a digital ARC of this book for review.
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In his book on prostate cancer, Murray Wadsworth has done a superb job of describing his own ordeal with prostate cancer and his reasons for choosing surgical treatment. For patients newly diagnosed with prostate cancer, deciding on treatment is a huge decision. While focused imaging tests may have shown access to targeted radiation or proton therapy as better options, his decision to initially have surgery makes sense.

The United States is ranked 37th for health care, putting us about on par with third world countries although our treatment is the most expensive. I like the way Wadsworth compares treatments and protocols used in Europe to those used here. Having the opportunity to consult with many different physicians helped him immensely.

In the United States, patients are often swayed into choosing treatment quickly although the necessary tests are not always performed and results that should be followed up on are ignored. The guidance in the United States to forego PSA testing for older men is one of the reasons prostate cancer is often deadly by the time a diagnosis is made.

This book can help patients make thoughtful, well researched decisions that are the best for them rather than best for the treating physician.

While researching prostate cancer for a close relative, I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I'm glad I had the opportunity to read this excellent book.
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