Prostate Cancer: A Patient’s Guide to Treatment.
Arthur Centeno and Gary Onik
Addicus Books, 2004
$14.95 – 164 pgs—index
Written by prostate specialists Drs. Arthur Centeno and Gary Onik, the book introduces readers to the concepts of prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment. The traditional forms of therapy—surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and hormone therapy are covered extensively, focussing on delivery methods, treatment and side effect/follow up issues. Profiled anatomy diagrams effectively illustrate and explain the relation of the treatment to areas in and around the prostate gland.
A unique element within this book is the inclusion of a newer treatment option—cryoablation. The American Urological Association has promoted cryoablation as a standard form of treatment in 2002 and Dr. Onik, the book’s co-author is considered a leader in this field. The book does an excellent job outlining the history, process, advantages and disadvantages of cryoablation while establishing patient criteria for this type of treatment.
Appendices provide a useful summary of 13 different treatment options for prostate cancer which include definitions as well as the advantages and disadvantages for each. Logically laid out with an easy reading style this book would be a welcomed addition to a consumer health or patient education collection.
Michelle Arbuckle Librarian Patient Education Princess Margaret Hospital, Toronto