I don’t want you to do what I did. I want you to make your decision the way I did.
Over 200,000 times a year in the U.S. a patient will leave his urologist’s office having been told he has prostate cancer. What the patient thought to be a disease of old men from which they do not die, now becomes a very complicated and frustrating dilemma about which treatment to pursue. “The Decision” offers the reader an insider’s view to the key issues necessary for a well thought-out treatment plan peculiar only to him. Being a urologist who treats prostate cancer and having had the disease as well, uniquely positions the author in offering guidance to the newly diagnosed prostate cancer patient. Dr. McHugh outlines a novel and multifaceted approach, using an eclectic mix of medical insight ,personal stories and humor, to aid the reader in making his “Decision.” The US Review of Books – Carolyn Davis A urologist, McHugh, was inspired to write this informative book after he developed prostate cancer and dealt with treatment options as a patient. Part guidebook, part autobiography, it is intended for men who are facing the often perplexing choices of potential treatments. “Prostate stories” and more of McHugh’s autobiography complete the book. The Decision is recommended for its combination of empirical tools, personal anecdotes, and overall compassion. Clarion ForeWard Five Star out of Five Book Review: McHugh has written an invaluable tool for the man facing the decision of how to treat his prostate cancer. This reviewer too knows of what he speaks, having been diagnosed with prostate cancer nearly six years ago. He had robotic surgery and is living an active, cancer-free life. John Michael Senger April 28, 2011.
A second opinion for a newly diagnosed disease with complex and several options for treatment is never a bad idea. This is particularly true for prostate cancer because how the treatment options can seriously affect a male’s quality of life, and the fact that in most cases the patient has time to thoroughly research the options.
A second opinion is easy-one only needs to make an appointment as a new patient visit with another urologist or a radiation oncologist for a different perspective. I commonly see patients from all over who have come to see me for a second opinion…not for me to treat them. It is always helpful and often times things are discussed and revealed that the patient was unaware was important in the decision.
I have a performed a thousand or so prostatectomies over my thirty year career and have had prostate cancer myself. I was diagnosed at age 52 and elected to have mine removed. That may not be the right solution for you-chances are your biopsy, age, medical condition and family circumstances are different from mine. That matters.
By virtue of having treated prostate cancer for thirty years and having had the disease myself, this site hopes to add perspective to your deliberation in the evaluation of your newly diagnosed prostate cancer.
Here’s the thing and this is the point of the book I wrote on the decision making process: I don’t want you do what I did. I want you to make your decision the way I did.
One of the biggest complaints that the newly diagnosed prostate cancer patient has is concerns regarding physician bias, i.e. the surgeon recommends surgery and the radiation therapist recommends radiation. I don’t do surgery for the prostate anymore and have nothing to gain or lose from a patient’s decision- I just want to share my professional experience with this disease and my own journey to help you make the decision best for you and your family.
I don’t have a dog in this fight…and that is why this site is called –
“The Real Prostate Cancer Second Opinion.”