Prostate Cancer Guide Reports More Men Opting For Radiation Therapy
Fifth Edition of Award-Winning Book Released
Sarasota, FL, January 7 – The Executive Director of Sarasota’s Dattoli Cancer Center & Brachytherapy Research Institute, Donald Kaltenbach, announced publication of an updated Fifth Edition of his classic patient guidebook, Prostate Cancer: A Survivor’s Guide. With over 50,000 copies in print, the book has been expanded to include the most recent medical data on diagnosis and treatment of this disease, including 4-Dimensional Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (4D IG-IMRT) and Dynamic Adaptive Radiotherapy (DART). The book reports impressive results achieved at the Dattoli Cancer Center by Kaltenbach’s associate, Dr. Michael J. Dattoli, whose 14-year study of high risk prostate cancer patients was published in the American Cancer Society’s journal, Cancer (August 1, 2007).
According to Kaltenbach, the Survivor’s Guide is the first book to report that excellent rates of tumor control (greater than 80%) are possible even in high risk prostate cancer patients by utilizing a combination treatment protocol of external beam radiation (4D IG-IMRT) followed by brachytherapy. A former patient himself, Mr. Kaltenbach was treated in 1990 with brachytherapy, a noninvasive procedure using radioactive seed implants. “With increased awareness of advanced non-surgical therapies, more men are choosing not to go under the knife, because they want to preserve their quality of life by avoiding the risks of surgical complications such as incontinence and erectile dysfunction.”
Unlike many books that deal with medical conditions, Kaltenbach’s book approaches prostate cancer from the point of view of a patient confronted with life-threatening choices. Kaltenbach explained, "It can be a great comfort for men to know someone who has gone through the same ordeal they face. With a life-threatening disease, the emotional impact can be just as devastating as the disease itself. This is especially true of prostate cancer.”
Kaltenbach’s Survivor’s Guide includes the latest information on all currently available treatment options, including robotic radical prostatectomy, proton and neutron therapies, focal cryosurgery, and hormonal therapy. The book also offers counseling for couples on coping with the disease and possible side effects of treatment. The first edition of the book won an American Cancer Society media award for excellence. Available from Amazon.com, the Survivor’s Guide is an essential reference guide for prostate cancer support groups.
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