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A Primer on Prostate Cancer
The Empowered Patient's Guide
Second Edition

Table of Contents
Lessons in Life: Reflections on
"An Essay by Desire"
Article in Life Extension Magazine
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Selections from the book
Examples of illustrations:
Free PSA
Bone Scan
PSA Bump
Example of a form:
Biopsy Form
Example of the highly technical:


by Stephen B. Strum, MD & Donna Pogliano

Table of Contents

An Overview

  Move Beyond Panic
  Synergize Your Efforts
  Understand Your Options
  Understand the Inherent Biases
  Know the Tempo of the Disease
  Choosing a Doctor and a Treatment
  Keep Meticulous Records
  Be Aware of the Financial Side of Your Illness
  Gathering Information
  Nuts and Bolts
  What You Should Have Learned from This Chapter

  How Does Prostate Cancer Work?
  What You Should Have Learned from This Chapter

  The PSA and the Free PSA Percentage
  Digital Rectal Exam (DRE)
  Biopsy of the Prostate and the Gleason Score
  Prostatic Acid Phosphatase (PAP)
  ProstaScint Scan
  Endorectal MRI
  DNA Ploidy
  Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Scan
  Bone Scan
  CT (Computerized Tomography) Scan or CAT Scan
  Chromogranin A (CGA)
  Transforming Growth Factor Beta I (TGF-b1)
  What You Should Have Learned from This Chapter

  Radical Prostatectomy (RP)
  Cryosurgery (Cryotherapy, Cryoablation)
  Radiation Therapy (RT)
  Androgen Deprivation Therapy (ADT)
  Watchful Waiting or Objectified Observation
  Chemotherapy of PC
  Treatments on the Horizon: Aptosyn, Provenge, Angostatin and Endostatin, Atrasentan: An Endothelin Receptor Antagonist, Oncolytic Viruses, Antisense Oligonucleotides (ASO)
  Clinical Trials
  What You Should Have Learned From This Chapter


  To Educate You and Provide Guidance
  To Communicate to your Knowledge Base
  To Communicate at a Higher Level with your Medical Team
  To Create a Personalized Assessment of your Status
  To Obtain Highly Focuses Guidance
  To Ask Your Doctor Questions
  To Focus Further on Local Treatment Options
  To Resolve Treatment Side-Effects and Prevent Them
  To Employ Preventive and Wholistic Approaches
  To Further Your Assistance

  The Transrectal Ultrasound of the Prostate (TRUSP) Form
  The Diagnostic Biopsy Form
  The Biomarkers, Hormones, Bone Integrity and Other Labs Form
  The AUA Symptom Score Form
  The Bone Scan Form
  The PC Laboratory Form
  The ProstaScint-CT Fusion Form
  The Endorectal MRI with Spectroscopy Form
  The Helpline Medical Form (HMF)
  The Flow Sheet Form
  The Summary Sheet and Surveillance Form

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