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Androgen Deprivation Therapy

An Essential Guide for Prostate Cancer Patients and Their Loved Ones
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"This is an excellent resource for individuals who are both being treated by and caring for those on androgen deprivation therapy. It addresses commonly understood as well as sensitive topics impacted by this treatment and offers explanations and strategies for how to address and cope with these side effects. Its interactive activities, patient testimonials, and annotations encourage readers to study the topics so that they will better understand the issues. In all, it is a superb source of knowledge for these patients and their families and caregivers."--Doody's Book Review Service

Successfully manage the side effects of androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) and get back to life

For many men with prostate cancer, ADT (sometimes referred to as hormone therapy) offers hope for controlling the disease and living longer. But the side effects can leave you with unexpected physical and emotional changes. In Androgen Deprivation Therapy, experts who have helped hundreds of men provide you and your loved ones with the tools and solutions you need to prepare for treatment and deal with every situation. You'll learn how to:

  • Reduce hot flashes and night sweats
  • Address changes in weight and body composition
  • Maintain sexual intimacy despite changes in libido
  • Fight fatigue and insomnia
  • Control mood swings and depression
  • Maintain open communication with your partner

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Product Details

  • Publication Date June 06, 2014
  • Page Count 184
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9781936303663

Editorial Review(s)

“It was only when I began my personal journey with androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) that I was able to appreciate the profound impact this treatment has on daily life. Even with my real-life experience with ADT accumulated over a decade, I know I cannot, within limits of one or even several office visits, begin to prepare and educate patients for their new reality. I could not even do that for myself! If only a complete user-friendly manual existed. Now it does.” —Paul F. Schellhammer, MD, Eastern Virginia Medical School / Urology of Virginia and past president of the American Urological Association

“A comprehensive workbook which covers everything: side effects, diet, exercise, psychological issues, and sexual relations. And beyond helping patients understand what is going on with their body, there is encouragement and concrete, practical exercises and solutions. Every man who is a candidate for ADT needs to read this outstanding book.” —Patrick C. Walsh, MD, University Distinguished Service Professor of Urology, The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions

“A fantastic, pragmatic, well-written book. Very comprehensive.” —Derek R. Wilke, MD, Department of Radiation Oncology, Nova Scotia Cancer Centre

"This book is an incredibly valuable resource for men with prostate cancer considering androgen deprivation therapy and for their family and friends. It will help men to understand the pros and cons of ADT treatment and give them an idea what to expect after they start therapy. I will certainly use it in my practice and encourage other physicians to do so as well." —David F. Penson, MD, MPH, Hamilton and Howd Chair in Urologic Oncology, Professor of Urologic Surgery and Medicine, Director, Center for Surgical Quality and Outcomes Research, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

“Excellent, very informative and comprehensive. Androgen Deprivation Therapy addresses issues sensitively, and is not afraid to tackle important but often ignored topics. I would be glad to recommend it to my patients.” —Paul D. Abel, ChM, FRCS, FRCS, Professor and Honorary Consultant in Urology, Imperial College London

“This book is excellent and provides important information for men on androgen deprivation therapy. It is very well written in easy to understand language. I will be recommending it to all my patients.” —Padraig Warde, MB, ChB, BAO, FRCPC, Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Toronto

“Had it [this book] existed when Dean and I were experiencing the side effects of hormone ablation, it might have changed our lives radically. Sensitively constructed, with helpful questions and suggestions.” —Victoria Hallerman, author of How We Survived Prostate Cancer: What We Did and What We Should Have Done

"This is an excellent resource for individuals who are both being treated by and caring for those on androgen deprivation therapy. It addresses commonly understood as well as sensitive topics impacted by this treatment and offers explanations and strategies for how to address and cope with these side effects. Its interactive activities, patient testimonials, and annotations encourage readers to study the topics so that they will better understand the issues. In all, it is a superb source of knowledge for these patients and their families and caregivers."-Doody's

About The Author(s)

Richard Wassersug PhD

Richard Wassersug is a research scientist, who got his PhD in evolutionary biology from the University of Chicago. He then spent most of his career studying the biology of amphibians and teaching anatomy in the medical school at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. However, at the age of 52 he was diagnosed with prostate cancer and has since received multiple treatments for the disease. After beginning androgen deprivation therapy, he redirected his research to study the psychology of androgen deprivation in various populations. Richard is now an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Urologic Sciences at the University of British Columbia and Co-Lead for the Vancouver Prostate Centre's new Prostate Cancer Supportive Care Program.

Lauren Walker PhD

Lauren Walker has a PhD in clinical psychology, and is a clinical fellow in the Department of Oncology at the University of Calgary and the Tom Baker Cancer Centre. She completed her doctorate research evaluating a patient education initiative for preparing prostate cancer patients (and their partners) starting on androgen deprivation therapy. She works clinically with couples helping them adapt to the sexual implications of cancer treatments. She is an active researcher, who has contributed several key articles to the scientific literature on the psychosocial adaptation to androgen deprivation therapy.

John Robinson PhD, R Psych

John Robinson has been a clinical psychologist and a member of the Genital Urinary Program at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary, Alberta since 1986. He concurrently provides clinical service and develops new ways to ease the psychological burden of cancer on not just patients but also their loved ones. He has appointments in both Oncology and Clinical Psychology at the University of Calgary where he teaches and carries on an active research program.

Table of Contents

"Foreword by Celestia (Tia) Higano, MD, Professor, Medical Oncology Division, University of Washington School of Medicine
; Introduction
; 1. Androgen Deprivation Therapy
; 2. Physical Side Effects
; 3. Exercise
; 4. Healthy Eating
; 5. Effects on Psychological Well-being
; 6. Effects on Intimate Relationships and Sexuality
; 7. Impact on Committed Relationships
; Conclusion: Staying Healthy
; Appendix
; PSA Chart
; Drug Chart
; Hot Flash Diary
; Side Effect Self-Assessment
; Action Plan
; Pros/Cons
; Goal Setting
; Beliefs Awareness
; Glossary
; Resources
; ; "