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For many men with prostate cancer, androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) offers hope for controlling the disease and increasing life expectancy. The side effects of treatment, however, can leave you with unexpected physical and emotional changes. In Androgen Deprivation Therapy: An Essential Guide for Prostate Cancer Patients and Their Loved Ones, Richard Wassersug, PhD, who went through ADT himself and understands the difficulties, and a team of experts give you and your loved ones the tools you need to prepare for treatment and live well during and post - treatment. Field tested with dozens of men and their families, Androgen Deprivation Therapy provides real solutions to manage every situation. You'll learn how to: Understand the risks and benefits of ADT (sometimes referred to as hormone therapy) Manage changes in weight and body composition Reduce hot flashes Fight fatigue and insomnia, and wake up rested every day Address issues related to sex and intimacy Control mood swings and depression Maintain open communication with your partner Androgen Deprivation Therapy is the first resource dedicated to ADT. With its help, you can manage the side effects of treatment and get back to life.

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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 receiving 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 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 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.

Andrew Matthew is a senior staff Psychologist at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. He is a Clinician-Investigator in the Department of Surgery, Division of Urology, and a member of the Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care. He is also an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, in the Departments of Surgery and Psychiatry.

Kirsten C. Kukula holds a bachelor's degree, combined honors in biology and sociology, from Dalhousie University. She works as a Research Assistant at Dalhousie University and Capital Health District Authority mainly on projects in the area of psychosocial oncology. Her areas of interest include the social determinants of health, sexuality, and medicine.

Deborah McLeod is a clinician scientist in nursing with the QEII Cancer Care Program in Halifax, NS, Canada. She is a clinical member of the psychosocial oncology team, providing individual, couple and family therapy. She conducts research with couples that are coping with cancer, with a focus on communication and sexuality.

Linette Lawlor-Savage, B.Sc., is completing Doctoral studies in Clinical Psychology at the University of Calgary, Canada. Her primary interest areas are neuropsychology and psychosocial oncology. Her current research utilizes behavioral and neuroimaging methods to investigate cognitive functioning (e.g., loss and recovery of abilities such as memory, thinking speed, and decision making) in healthy aging adults and in cancer survivors.

Daniel Santa Mina completed his doctoral studies at York University examining the psychosocial and physiological effects of exercise in men with prostate cancer. He is a Certified Exercise Physiologist with the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology and holds certification as a Cancer Exercise Specialist from the Rocky Mountain Cancer Rehabilitation Institute. Dr. Santa Mina is currently a Post Doctoral Fellow at the Prostate Centre in the Princ


"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

(2013-12-18) --Paul F. Schellhammer, MD, Eastern Virginia Medical School / Urology of Virginia and past president of the American Urological Association

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