Encountering the Realities of Prostate Cancer provides a comprehensive patientís eye view of the clinical, emotional, relational and spiritual experience of prostate cancer from the time of first symptoms to diagnosis to treatment and to living as survivor with an advanced cancer that can return at any time.
The book discusses everything that results from a diagnosis of prostate cancer, from relationships to sex to social networking to finding support groups. And it explores feelingsó why some men feel free to talk openly while others remain silent and what that silence is about. It teaches strategies for coping with the often-inappropriate responses when the individual tells relatives, friends and acquaintances that he has prostate cancer.
- How to become an informed advocate for your own particular clinical situation by knowing whereóand where notóto seek information online
- How to make informed judgments about a treatments validity
- Why men with prostate cancer tend to deal with their illness quite differently than women who have breast canceróand what that implies for a person's well-being
- PART I: DISCOVERY & DIAGNOSIS:
- CHAPTER 1: Six Scary Words
- CHAPTER 2: Origins
- CHAPTER 3: Boarding the Oncology Adventure Ride
- PART II: RELATING TO CANCER:
- CHAPTER 4: Dancing With Cancer
- CHAPTER 5: Speaking of Cancer
- CHAPTER 6: Full Speed Ahead
- Part III: THE OTHER REALITIES OF PROSTATE CANCER:
- CHAPTER 7: PCa Inc. ñThe Big Business of Prostate Cancer Treatment
- CHAPTER 8: The Therapeutic Combat Zone
- CHAPTER 9: I See the Pink Ones, But Where Are All the Light Blue Ribbons?
- Part IV: A LIFETIMEíS JOURNEY:
- CHAPTER 10: Now for the Spiritual Life
- CHAPTER 11: Curative, Not Cured: Living With Advanced Cancer
- Epilogue: Prostate Cancer Among the Boomers
About the Authors
Craig graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a minor in English. He has an MBA from the Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley. His career has been in the electronics industry, focusing in the area of automatic test of systems, sub-systems and semiconductors. But he has been writing throughout his career in his field. He has written two books for McGraw Hill, Strategies for Electronics Test, and The Low-Cost Test Handbook, his bylined papers and articles have appeared in journals and technology trade magazines in the U.S., Asia, and Europe, including IEEE Design & Test of Computers, Electronics, Electronics Business, Test & Measurement World, Circuits Assembly, Test (UK) and SMT Asia. And he continues to write in this field. When Craig was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer he turned his focus on the issue. He is currently a Consumer Reviewer on the Genetics/Molecular Biology Peer Review Panel for the Prostate Cancer Research Program (PCRP) of the Congressionally Directed Research Programs (CDMRP) He is also the founding principal of Helios Marketing Advisors, Inc. in California.