His Prostate and Me
A Couple Deals with Prostate Cancer
Medical Humanities
6 x 9, 192 pp.
Pub Date: 03/19/2002
  paper
Price:        $16.00

978-0-9701525-7-2

Published by Winedale Publishing

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His Prostate and Me

A Couple Deals with Prostate Cancer

By Desiree Lyon Howe

When caught early, prostate cancer is highly curable. Out of fear for the potential side effects of treatment, however, many men forego the simple PSA blood test that could indicate the disease in its most treatable stages.
 
Howe argues persuasively against this head-in-the-sand approach by supplying facts that work to counter the fear.
 
A prostate cancer diagnosis does not foretell a pleasant experience; but neither does it mean the end of a vigorous life for a couple. New techniques have made treatment, especially treatment of early stage cancer, less traumatic. New devices and drugs have markedly decreased the permanence of dreaded side effects such as incontinence and impotence.
 
The process of diagnosis and therapy, however, is complex and confusing. Howe leads the reader through the maze with the latest information and helpful tips on coping gathered from her husband's and her experience, as well as that of others.
 
With an irrepressible sense of humor coupled with a profound religious faith, Howe writes at a high level of technical competence, interweaving up to date information with her compelling human-interest story. Her extraordinary frankness about the difficulties she and her husband transcended is inspirational.
 
Every wife, partner, or loved one of a man diagnosed with prostate cancer will derive tremendous insight, guidance, and hope from the Howes' story.
 
 

DESIREE LYON HOWE is a patient education and advocacy expert. She serves on the boards of M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and the National Organization of Rare Disorders and is the executive director of the American Porphyria Foundation. She lives in Houston with her husband, Dr. Richard J. Howe. For the last decade, she and her husband have been well-known prostate cancer advocates and speakers, bringing hope and information to men at risk. This is her first book.

What Readers Are Saying:

"This book is a must read for all couples facing prostate cancer." --Arnold Palmer, Golfing Legend

"This book is an information-rich resource for couples facing prostate cancer. Ms. Howe not only shares her knowledge with the reader, she also shares herself. She takes a difficult subject that is sometimes hard to understand and with the right touch of spirit, hope and knowledge makes it a more bearable load." --Family Urology 21, Vol. VII, issue 3

"This is one of the most sensitive, enlightening, informative discussions of the impact of prostate cancer on a relationship I have ever read. The writing is witty, direct and serious. The information is appropriate and accurate. The insights are inspiring and, above all, hope is overflowing. Most importantly, it is a living, breathing testimony to the power of love." --Andrew von Eschenbach, M.D., Director of the National Cancer Institute, Prost

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