A vital overview of prostate cancer for the millions of men that are suffering and their loved ones
The moment the family doctor says, “You might have prostate cancer,” most patients immediately ask themselves, “Am I going to die?” Their life is turned upside down as they are faced with a scary new reality they likely know little about. Patients must familiarize themselves with strange new medical terminology, tests, procedures, and, worst of all, major changes to their bodies. The Prostate Cancer Owner’s Manual offers clarity on these topics to help readers and their loved ones get through this life-changing diagnosis that will take years to overcome.
Harley Haynes, MD, and Richard Miles have both been there and done that. As prostate cancer survivors, they understand the questions that recently diagnosed patients have and the challenges they face. Here, they provide a blend of medical expertise and personal knowledge and insight to help patients and their families make sense of the road ahead of them—equipping them with the facts they need to make informed decisions and confront prostate cancer head on. Haynes and Miles answer the questions readers may have and detail the possible outcomes they will face—without mincing words about the tough realities of living with prostate cancer—while offering hope for recovery.
Harley A. Haynes, MD, is Professor of Dermatology, Harvard Medical School, and a member of the Department of Dermatology at Massachusetts General Brigham Hospital and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Dr. Haynes has received numerous awards for his outstanding leadership, among them the Daniel D. Federman Outstanding Clinical Educator Award in 2000. The Dermatology Foundation recognized him with their Lifetime Career Educator Award in 2004. Extensively published, Dr. Haynes also influenced the training of dermatology residents through his bedside teaching and many contributions to national educational committees and his significant number of teaching materials. Dr. Haynes was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2013.
Richard M. Miles has written for numerous publications including The Birmingham Post-Herald, Newsweek Magazine, and The Atlanta Constitution. After a career at Bell System, he founded Acumen Strategic Communications, Inc. Miles has received numerous awards for his writing and journalistic design work, including two Apex Awards for Publications Excellence, Golden and Silver Flame Awards, and a Gold Mercury International Award, among others. Miles lives in Hilton Head Island, SC. Mr. Miles was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2002.
The Prostate Cancer Owner’s Manual is an outstanding and comprehensive resource that will be valuable for men and their families for years to come. Dr. Haynes and Mr. Miles provide so much understandable information for so many about this debilitating and potentially deadly disease. As authors, they did a terrific job in creating this book, and should be thanked for sharing their commitments to inform others.
I am very positive about The Prostate Cancer Owner’s Manual because patients need to know what may lie ahead for them, and this book spells that out. Mr. Miles and Dr. Haynes don’t mince words. They see the problems and decisions patients face. They tell it as it is. They say what they believe based on their research and personal experiences. The book says what patients need to hear; it is relevant, important and straight-forward. This will be a good read for all patients, and people close to them.
Dr. Haynes and Mr. Miles perform a great service for readers of The Prostate Cancer Owner’s Manual when they draw attention to the fact that palliative care is not just about death and dying, but that it is about comprehensive symptom management in treating prostate cancer. I also appreciate their acknowledging the importance of the mind/body/spirit connection… and their focus on intimacy and communications. For the majority of men, the prostate cancer experience is often transformative. Patients and partners can discover that ‘having sex’ is a flexible experience, not just a narrow focus on penile/penetrative intercourse. It is great to be happy with intimacy!