Gainesville, GA (PRWEB) March 12, 2011
Over 200,000 times a year 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 presents a very complicated and frustrating dilemma about what treatment to pursue. The newly diagnosed prostate cancer patient does not need a definitive text book on prostate cancer; rather, he needs to know what is pertinent and specific to him in making a decision on how to treat it. The Decision offers the reader an insider’s view to the key issues necessary for a well thought out treatment plan that is unique to him. Drawing upon his experience in treating prostate cancer for over twenty years, as well as having been through the decision making and treatment process as patient himself uniquely qualifies Dr. McHugh as a mentor to the reader. His book outlines a novel and multi-faceted approach to aid the newly diagnosed prostate cancer patient in making his “Decision.”
"The reason the decision about which treatment to pursue is so difficult is that each treatment has its own set of complications. It is not like removing the gallbladder. When the prostate is either treated with radiation or removed, there can be dramatic urinary or sexual consequeces. This complicates the decision for the male and is the basis of why the book was written," says Dr. McHugh.
"Books written on prostate cancer usually fall into two categories. They are either informative textbooks or written by a layperson who has had prostate cancer. Textbooks are very informative in general terms but don't address applying the facts to the specific patient. Survivor books are informative as well but tend to tout the form of treatment the survivior chose. "The Decision" differs in that is written by someone who is both a urologist and a patient, exploiting the insider knowledge of having been in both roles," says Dr. McHugh.
It took Dr. McHugh three months to make his decision. Although he initially favored radioactive seeds and in fact was evaluated for that form of treatment, he ultimately chose to have the prostate removed. "I did not really understand how difficult the decision was until I went through it myself," say Dr. McHugh.
"What makes "The Decision" unique, is that the whole book is geared toward customizing a decision to the specifics about the patient and his disease," adds Dr. McHugh.
Dr. McHugh formulated the McHugh Decision Worksheet as an aid in making patients aware
of what factors are important about "his" prostate cancer and in making a decision peculiar to him.
The Decision is recommended for its combination of empirical tools, personal anecdotes, and overall compassion. - The US Review of Books
"The Decision" is available at Amazon.com and bn.com