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Understanding Prostate Cancer

Prostate Cancer Guides and Books

PCF publishes a series of helpful guides as part of our commitment to connect men and their loved ones to the latest prostate cancer research information. You can order or download these guides here.

An Introduction to Prostate Cancer is designed to help men, their families, and friends quickly understand the risk factors for prostate cancer, find out how it is diagnosed, and review different treatment options. (8 pages)
Order a free copy or download a copy in PDF format. You can also print and send in this order form.

Health and Wellness: Living with Prostate Cancer

ALL NEW IN 2015. Making mindful dietary and lifestyle decisions is an important part of your life as a prostate cancer survivor. By applying the latest findings in diet, nutrition, and exercise, a prostate cancer diagnosis can be the beginning of your best, healthiest self.

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Straight Talk for African-American Men and Their Families provides special facts and guidance regarding African-American men and prostate cancer. Research shows that African-American men are 1.6 times more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer and 2.4 times more likely to die from it than Caucasian men. The guide includes personal thoughts from Charlie Wilson, D.L. Hughley and Snoop Dogg. (8 pages)  Available only in a PDF download
Questions To Ask Your Doctor - This slim folder comes with 7 inserts with questions to ask your doctor. Each insert also provides room to jot down the answers.
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Maintaining Health During Androgen Deprivation Therapy - Long-term ADT is a cornerstone of prostate cancer treatment. There is a desperate need to better understand the physical and cognitive side effects of this treatment. Renowned expert Dr. Matthew Smith convened a global consortium of scientists and physician-scientists to contribute to this monograph using the most relevant data available.

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Prostate Cancer Genes Begin to Tell Their Story—a layman’s guide to the genetics of prostate cancer - This PDF has links to an Interactive Risk Assessment Calculator from the Cleveland Clinic, a section on Understanding Your Family History of Prostate Cancer and What to Do Once You Know Your Family History of Risk for Prostate Cancer. The article also contains the basic information of which genes are known to affect prostate cancer risk and progression. For example: half of all prostate cancers carry an abnormal gene fusion that can be tested for in a new urine test called Mi-Prostate Score.
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More Recommended Reading

Books for prostate cancer survivors range from useful to misleading. PCF has put together this list to help you find the right book. If you click through and purchase any item from, PCF will receive a small commission.

Dr. Peter Scardino's Prostate Book, Revised Edition: The Complete Guide to Overcoming Prostate Cancer, Prostatitis, and BPH, by Peter T. Scardino, MD, and Judith Kelman (copyright 2010)
Although most men know little about their prostate glands, an overwhelming majority will be affected by prostate problems at some time in their lives. In this book, now updated to include the latest medical break-throughs, world-renowned urology expert Dr. Peter Scardino arms men with the information they need to battle prostate cancer, prostatitis, and benign prostate enlargement (BPH). This updated edition includes new information on the role genetics may play, hormone replacement therapy, new treatments for prostatitis, and more.

Dr. Patrick Walsh's Guide to Surviving Prostate Cancer, Second Edition, by Patrick C. Walsh, MD, and Janet Farrar Worthington (copyright 2007).
Perhaps the most comprehensive layman’s book on the market, this guide is a must-read if you’re considering a radical prostatectomy. Written by Johns Hopkins urologist Patrick Walsh, whose research is supported by PCF, the book begins with an in-depth overview of anatomy (featuring clear, accessible diagrams). Thoughtful discussions on subjects ranging from PSA testing to impotence make the book a valuable resource for men exploring issues related to prostate cancer.

The authors also touch on topics such as the dangers of high-fat diets, giving readers a springboard to research these topics in greater depth on their own. One important bonus: The book includes the Partin tables, an extremely useful tool used by physicians (and patients) to figure out the odds that cancer has spread beyond the prostate.

Prostate Cancer For Dummies, by Paul H. Lange and Christine Adamec (copyright 2003).
If you are one of the thousands of men who are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year, then this straightforward consumer guide is for you. Using “non-medical” terminology, it provides concise, up-to-date information on treatment options and how to cope with treatment side effects, receive the follow-up care you need, and handle work and family life during your recovery.

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