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13. Books and websites.

Knowledge is power.
(Sir Francis Bacon- 1597.)

Books on prostate cancerUSEFUL BOOKS
Hundreds of non-specialist books have been published on prostate cancer. Many seem to contain very generalised information and so are useful in terms of acquring a general knowledge of the disease but less useful when it comes to making a decision about your own treatment. The two most useful non-specialist books that I have found are:-

Guide to Surviving Prostate Cancer.
Patrick Walsh and Janet Worthington.
Warner Books 2002 - ISBN 0-446-52640-1

A Primer on Prostate Cancer.
Stephen Strum and Donna Pogliano.
Life Extension Media 2005 - ISBN 0-9658777-7-9

For a more specialist book for medical practitioners and research workers, I have found the following book an excellent introduction to radiobiology. It consists of a series of articles covering a wide range of topics by leading authorities in the field and is an excellent reference source.

Basic Clinical Radiobiology (3rd edition).
G. Gordon Steel (Editor).
Arnold 2002 - ISBN 0-340-80783-0

WEBSITES WITH INFORMATION ON PROSTATE CANCER.
There are many websites devoted to prostate cancer and I have listed below some of the sites that I have found interesting. There is no priority or recommendation implied by their inclusion and it is certainly not an exhaustive list.

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Prostate Cancer Support Association - UK charity.
http://www.prostate-cancers.org.uk/

US Prostate Cancer Charity
http://ustoo.org

UK National Institute for Clinical Excellence - contains information about prostate cancer programmes and treatment guidelines in the UK.
http://www.nice.org.uk/

US National Cancer Institute.
http://cancernet.nci.nih.gov/

This is a website developed by a prostate cancer patient Don Cooley and is a rich source of information on prostate cancer with active patient discussion forums.
http://www.prostate-help.org.

This is another patient-developed website with a lot of general information in it. It includes an interesting section on patient experiences.
http://www.phoenix5.org

This is a comparatively new UK chat room and information source on prostate cancer. There is a need for more patient information on experiences of the UK NHS service and this site could be a focus for this.
http://p4.forumforfree.com/prostateaction.html

Bob Leibowitz is an advocate of hormone therapies and this is an interesting if controversial site.
http://www.prostatepointers.org/leibowitz/

This site contains general information on health care but also contains reviews of treatment therapies.
http://www.cochrane.org/

US archive of journal literature.
http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/

UK NHS Health Technology Assessment programme. Information on NHS research programmes and advice on health care.
http://www.hta.nhsweb.nhs.uk/

UK PROSTATE CANCER SUPPORT GROUPS.
Torbay Prostate Support Association - they also publish a useful newsletter Checkmate.
http://www.tpsa.org.uk

PCASO is a large prostate cancer support group that originated in the Southampton area but now offers help and advice services on a national basis.
http://www.pcaso.com

US HOSPITALS AND CLINICS.
I have included a few websites of US hospitals and clinics. These sites have a lot of information about prostate cancer whereas UK hospitals and NHS Trusts do not generally include much specific information about their prostate cancer services. On the other hand, it has to be borne in mind that US Clinics are in the business of selling their services.

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York - all kinds of cancer are dealt with on this website and there is a lot of good information on prostate cancer including a prostate cancer nomogram that estimates disease free survival probabilities, PSA doubling times and other interesting information.
http://www.mskcc.org/mskcc/html/44.cfm

Radiotherapy Clinics of Georgia. This clinic specialises in combined brachytherapy and external beam radiotherapy.
http://www.rcog.net/

Seattle Prostate Institute. Specialist clinic for prostate cancer treatment.
http://www.seattleprostateinst.com/

JOURNALS.
Journal publications can be purchased on-line and downloaded in Adobe pdf format. The cost of buying articles is variable!

Journal of Urology.
http://www.jurology.com

International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics.
http://www.redjournal.org/

The British Journal of Radiology
http://bjr.birjournals.org/

Physics in Medicine and Biology
http://www.iop.org/EJ/S/UNREG/M.DlF.ssiU3KHynXnMSzjQ/journal/PMB

The Lancet
http://www.thelancet.com/