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YANA - YOU ARE NOT ALONE NOW

PROSTATE CANCER SUPPORT SITE


STRANGE PLACE LINKS: PREPARING FOR THE JOURNEY : GETTING STARTED - THE FOREST OF FEAR : GETTING STARTED - THE PROCESS

STAGING AND DIAGNOSIS : BEYOND DIAGNOSIS - THE DESERT OF DOUBT : BEYOND TREATMENT - THE PLAINS OF RECOVERY : REMISSION

YANA LINKS: SURVIVOR STORIES : DISCUSSION FORUM : RESOURCES

 

A STRANGE PLACE

AN INFORMATION GUIDE
TO
PROSTATE CANCER

This is a simple Information Guide to Prostate Cancer written by Terry Herbert, who was the founder of this site. It was developed primarily as a booklet for men with no access to the Internet, and is a useful source of basic information. If you want to print a copy of the booklet, there is a version in pdf format, which will make printing easier. You will need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader to access this. If you do not have this software , click on the link below and download the freeware.

If you have Adobe Acrobat, then click here to download. It is a large file (906 KB) and may take a minute or two to download, depending on your line speed. The booklet is 36 pages in all, so if you don't want to print it out, a hard copy is available, free of charge. Simply e-mail us giving us your name and postal address. Of course, if you want to read it on-line, that's also an option - see links below

INDEX

INTRODUCTION

How long have I got? What is it like to die from prostate cancer?

Two important things.

PREPARING FOR THE JOURNEY

How will I know if I have prostate cancer?

Can prostate cancer be spread to my partner from our sexual activity?

Basic language hints.

GETTING STARTED - THE FOREST OF FEAR

Important facts about all medical tests.

Collect and keep the paperwork.

Travelling companions.

GETTING STARTED - THE PROCESS

DRE - Digital Rectal Examination

PSA - Prostate Specific Antigen

Important information on PSA levels

Biopsy

Gleason Grades

Important information on biopsy and Gleason Grades

Additional tests and Diversion to Metastasis

PAP - Prostatic Acid Phosphate and other markers

Scans - X-ray: CAT and MRI scans: bone scans

Important information regarding bone scans

STAGING AND DIAGNOSIS

BEYOND DIAGNOSIS - THE DESERT OF DOUBT

Which Treatment Is The One For Me?

Treatment Options

Important Information regarding Treatment Choices

Diversion to Partin Tables

Surgery

Radiation Therapy

Androgen Deprivation Therapy - ADT - Hormone Treatment

Cryotherapy

High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU)

Active Surveillance or Watchful Waiting

BEYOND TREATMENT - THE PLAINS OF RECOVERY

Changes in lifestyle

Depression

Erectile dysfunction

Incontinence

REMISSION

Summary of some common terms

BACK TO:Homepage Links

 

Notice of Copyrightę T. R. Herbert 2011

Terry Herbert has produced this booklet. It represents a significant input of the knowledge, skills and time of Terry Herbert. It is regarded as intellectual property owned by Terry Herbert (and his successors) and is subject to copyright.

Acknowledgement is made, and thanks given, to Donna Pogliano; members of the Prostate Support Action (PSA) Group and the YANA - You Are Not Alone Now website; Juli Aistars, Roger Carnell and members of my family who assisted in the final editing of this booklet. And to members of the YANA site for their generous donations that made this edition possible.

This document is supplied free of charge to those who need it. A donation will ensure that more copies are made. E-mail us giving us your name and postal address if you need a hard copy.

A donation will ensure that more copies are made.