The task of choosing the right prostate cancer treatment is daunting. It is further complicated by conflicting information the patient receives from physicians and the Internet. This book is written by a prostate cancer survivor who now runs an international prostate cancer support group. It’s about his journey and the important things he learned along the way. It is the book the author wishes had been available when he was diagnosed 6 years ago. It is intended to provide specific information for men who are at risk or have been recently diagnosed with prostate cancer. All major treatment options are examined and the pros and cons of each are summarized. A relatively new, non-invasive, highly effective treatment is highlighted. It is an option that cures cancer as well as any other option, but generally leaves the patient with a higher quality of life and fewer, if any, side effects. This book has been endorsed by several physicians as well as other highly respected people from... More > all walks of life.< Less
"You can beat prostate cancer R. Marckini" Mr. Marckini's book is like a ray of sunshine on an overcast and otherwise dreary day. It offers a glimmer of hope in an arena where there is precious little to be found. To fully appreciate the significance of the lifeline that Mr. Marckini has thrown, it would be necessary for you to be diagnosed with prostate cancer as so many of us have. And you would need to research pertinent medical data to understand the fightening ramifications of this awful disease. And finally you would need to comprehend how treatment can render you impotent, incontinent or worse,e.g., impotent and incontinent. It was at this point in my personal journey that I discovered Mr. Marckini's enlightening book. It transformed my outlook. For a dramatic comparison of what once was and what the future may hold, I suggest you read the following passages of his book. Start with pages 21,22 and 23 wherein Mr. Marckini describes his brother's experience with... More > radical prostatectomy. Contrast this discussion with Mr. Marckini's initial exposure to proton therapy as described on pages 102 to 105. As I said in one of my E-mail exchanges with the author: "Thank you." "Thank you." "Thank you."< Less
"YOU CAN BEAT PROSTATE CANCER" I have never read a book so intently in my life! It was like reliving 2004 all over again; from the devastating news of my husband's prostate cancer diagnosis and our journey through the struggles of determining the best treatment option; to the discovery of proton radiation therapy and our 2-month medical vacation! Loma Linda University Medical Center provided us (their "guests") the most professional and compassionate medical treatment. Bob Marckini has done a marvelous job in writing "his story", and arousing the awareness of proton therapy currently being used in the treatment of many types of cancer and other diseases. Thank you Bob, for sharing your personal research and information on this "platinum standard" medical treatment that our own physicians won't share. You have given a great gift to mankind...and the world. Kris Brock-Jones
"You Can Beat Prostate Cancer by Bob Marckini" I received this book before lunch, started reading it and couldn't put it down..finished at 4 p.m. My husband and I went through the same frustrations that Bob describes. How I wish we had had this book when my husband was diagnosed. We eventually went to Loma Linda for the proton treatments and have never regreted that decision. Having met Bob at one of the Wednesday evening support groups made this even more personal for me. This book is a must for wives and significant other females in a man's life...it is so informative, and so positive at one of the most stressful times in a couples life. We fully believe that there is life after prostate cancer with proper treatment when found early and proton is the way to go! The side effects of all other forms of treatment did not look good to us! Thank you, Bob, for sharing all your research with us. We will lend this book to all in our area who are looking for the best prostate cancer... More > treatment possible.< Less
"A Must Have Book for All" Prostate Cancer. Those two words strike fear, dread, and panic in a man’s heart, cutting to the soul and psyche of any man over the age of 45. While the diagnosis of prostate cancer is not a death sentence and has a very high rate of cure, the standard treatment radical prostectomy has some serious side effects without any guarantee of a cure. Incontinence, rectal wall damage, infection, and impotence are some of the very real permanent consequences of this “gold standard” procedure. You Can Beat Prostate Cancer and You Don’t Need Surgery to Do It offers readers information and hope for a new treatment protocol for prostate cancer – Proton Beam Therapy. Robert Marckini, author and prostate cancer survivor, has created an informative, well researched discussion of an alternative treatment format for prostate cancer. Proton Beam Therapy, a form of external beam radiation therapy, uses proton beams rather than photon beams to provide more localized... More > treatment of the tumor site. Its advantage over standard X-ray/photon radiation is the significantly diminished exposure of healthy tissue to radiation. Proton beams can be so precisely aimed that it delivers more radiation to the tumor site with little or no “collateral” damage to surrounding tissue and organs. This significantly diminishes possible side effects and quality of life issues faced by those who undergo other treatment options. In a single, easy to use, easy to read format is the type of information that Marckini wished had been available to him at his diagnosis. Compared to other texts on the topic, none of them come close to being as all-inclusive in providing solid information, checklists, guidelines, and a frank discussion of treatment option advantages and disadvantages. Marckini’s You Can Beat Prostate Cancer and You Don’t Need Surgery to Do It is the new “gold standard” in information available to men at risk or recently diagnosed with prostate cancer. This is one book that definitely should be in every man’s library collection.< Less
"You Can Beat Prostate Cancer" This book belongs in every man's research library! After having been diagnosed with Prostate cancer, then trying to sift through the multitude of options, I bought "You can beat prostate cancer". It was key in helping me make my decision for Proton treatment. The more men and families that read this book the easier life will be for them. While this is a man's decision, the family needs to be in the information loop also. Robert has done all of the research and put it in words even I could understand. The book surely helped me answer questions from my wife and children. I also felt "armed" when I saw my radiologist. The fear of the information from him was zero after reading "You can beat Prostate cancer". Every family should have a copy of this book in their library, whether or not Prostate cancer has appeared. It is good information to have. John Cadigan Soon to be "Brother"
"Thanks, Bob!" I want to add my thanks to Bob Marckini for writing an informative and very helpful book on prostate cancer treatment. I discovered Bob and his book by accident. When my daughter learned that I had been diagnosed with prostate cancer, she knew that the father of a good friend of hers had just completed cancer treatments in California. She said that her friend’s father would be happy to talk to me and, knowing that he was an orthopedic surgeon in Houston (a city known for a world-famous cancer treatment center), I called him to see why would travel to California for treatment. As it turns out, he had recently returned not from surgery but from proton therapy at Loma Linda—something which initially surprised me. Prior to our conversation, I had done significant research on treatment options (including HIFU treatment in Canada or Germany) and consulted with several doctors. None of this research and consultation brought proton therapy to my attention. The doctor... More > in Houston referred me to Bob Marckini’s book “You Can Beat Prostate Cancer and You Don’t Need Surgery to Do It” which has been a great resource on several levels. Regardless of what option you choose, if you have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, you should read this book prior to making your final decision.< Less
"prostate relief" This book is a great comfort to anyone diagnosed with prostate cancer. It gives hope through a myriad of facts and real life experience. It reassures the reader that there is, indeed, a bright light at the end of the scary cancer tunnel. The author provides a wonderful service by sharing cogent insights on a frightening topic. He and his book deserve high praise.
"You Can Beat Prostate Cancer" Not to beat a dead horse, but it is true, this book really IS a MUST READ. It's a MUST read by every woman whose spouse or significant other has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. It is a well written narrative and an easy read. (For those women who delight in shopping for bargains, you won’t find a better one anywhere.) Bob Marckini provides some insights into what a man goes through--and is feeling--that every woman needs to know.
"Beating Prostate Cancer" Bob Marckini has provided a book that is must reading for anyone who has cancer, not just prostate cancer. His experiences in dealing with the complexities of choosing a treatment for prostate cancer provide a roadmap for the victims or families involved with this dreaded killer. Mr. Marckini provides many of the needed facts to make an intelligent, informed decision in selecting a treatment, plus references to additional sources. As a prostate cancer patient myself, I highly endorse his work. It was instrumental in my decision to have Proton Beam Therapy for my cancer. Proton Beam Therapy as a treatment modality is NOT widely recognized as a viable option in treating cancer, and yet Loma Linda University Medical Center in Loma Linda, California has treated over 12,000 cancer patients using the Proton Beam since 1990, and over half of these were for prostate cancer! This means that more than 4,000 patients were victims of other forms of cancer.... More > There are now four other major medical institutions (Centers of Excellence) in the U.S. that offer this high precision, highly advanced form of radiation therapy, but the fact that there are only a few such centers does NOT mean that Proton Beam Therapy should be ignored in a search for a treatment for any form of cancer. Mr. Marckini’s book explains why.< Less
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