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cover of Walsh's book

A selection from
Dr. Patrick Walsh's Guide to Surviving Prostate Cancer
by Patrick C. Walsh, M.D., and Janet Farrar Worthington


• Read This First
• Radical Prostatectomy -- The "Gold Standard"
• Evolution of an Operation
• Breakthrough in Understanding Potency
• Perfecting the Radical Prostatectomy
• Are You In Good Hands? What to Look for in a Surgeon
• The Anatomic Retropubic Prostatectomy
• Questions You May Have before Surgery
• Are You in Shape for Surgery?
• Countdown to Surgery
• Anesthesia
• During Surgery: What Happens
• The Radical Prostatectomy: Step by Step
• After Surgery
• Other Procedures: The Radical Perineal Approach and Laparoscopic Radical Prostatectomy
• Complications
• Long-Term Issues: Urinary Continence and Sexual Potency
• Continence and Potency: Quality of Life After Radical Prostatectomy

Read This First

Never underestimate prostate cancer. It is a formidable adversary, which springs up in several places at once inside the prostate. A cancerous prostate has, on average, seven separate tumors growing inside it. Thus. to cure the disease, we can't just take out a few of these spots of cancer; we must eliminate the entire prostate. If cancer is confined to the prostate, there is no better way to cure it than radical prostatectomy. The goal of all other forms of treatment for prostate cancer is to be as good as the "gold standard," radical prostatectomy. Today, radical prostatectomy cures the vast majority of men with cancer confined to the prostate, even if it has penetrated the wall, or capsule, of the     (turn page)

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