One Man's Life-Changing Diagnosis

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One Man's Life-Changing Diagnosis

Navigating the Realities of Prostate Cancer


Craig Pynn

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"Awarded a 2012 American Journal of Nursing (AJN) Book of the Year Award in the Consumer Health Category

One Man's Life-Changing Diagnosis provides a comprehensive patient's eye view of the clinical, emotional, relational and spiritual experience of prostate cancer from the time of first symptoms to diagnosis to treatment and to living as survivor with an advanced cancer that can return at any time.

The book discusses everything that results from a diagnosis of prostate cancer, from relationships to sex to social networking to finding support groups. And it explores feelings - why some men feel free to talk openly while others remain silent and what that silence is about. It teaches strategies for coping with the often-inappropriate responses when the individual tells relatives, friends and acquaintances that he has prostate cancer.

One Man's Life-Changing Diagnosis shows:

  • How to become an informed advocate for your own particular clinical situation by knowing where - and where not to seek information online
  • How to make informed judgments about a treatments validity
  • Why men with prostate cancer tend to deal with their illness quite differently than women who have breast cancer - and what that implies for a person's well-being

Product Details

  • Publication Date June 20, 2012
  • Page Count 248
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9781936303359

Editorial Review(s)

“An exceptional resource to help patients and family members make better and more informed decisions.“-American Journal of Nursing, December 2012

About The Author(s)

Craig Pynn

Craig Pynn graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a minor in English. He has an MBA from the Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley. His career has been in the electronics industry, focusing in the area of automatic test of systems, sub-systems and semiconductors. But he has been writing throughout his career in his field. He has written two books for McGraw Hill, Strategies for Electronics Test and The Low-Cost Test Handbook, his bylined papers and articles have appeared in journals and technology trade magazines in the U.S., Asia, and Europe, including IEEE Design & Test of Computers, Electronics, Electronics Business, Test & Measurement World, Circuits Assembly, Test (UK) and SMT Asia. And he continues to write in this field. When Craig was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer he turned his focus on the issue. He is currently a Consumer Reviewer on the Genetics/Molecular Biology Peer Review Panel for the Prostate Cancer Research Program (PCRP) of the Congressionally Directed Research Programs (CDMRP) He is also the founding principal of Helios Marketing Advisors, Inc. in California.

Table of Contents

Part I: Discovery & Diagnosis
Chapter 1: Six Scary Words
Chapter 2: Origins
Chapter 3: Boarding The Oncology Adventure Ride
Part Ii: Relating To Cancer
Chapter 4: Dancing With Cancer
Chapter 5: Speaking Of Cancer
Chapter 6: Full Speed Ahead
Part Iii: The Other Realities Of Prostate Cancer
Chapter 7: Pca Inc. The Big Business Of Prostate Cancer Treatment
Chapter 8: The Therapeutic Combat Zone
Chapter 9: I See The Pink Ones
But Where Are All The Light Blue Ribbons?
Part Iv: A Lifetime's Journey
Chapter 10: Now For The Spiritual Life
Chapter 11: Curative
Not Cured: Living With Advanced Cancer
Epilogue: Prostate Cancer Among The Boomers

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