Prostate Cancer: Sheep or Wolf?: Navigating Systemic Misinformation

February 6, 2019|
Prostate Cancer: Sheep or Wolf?: Navigating Systemic Misinformation
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Imagine the shock while owning and running a business in England, when Texan Murray Wadsworth is in his fifties, he finds out he has progressing prostate cancer, despite a decade of screening and a healthy active lifestyle.

Then imagine that despite the reputation as a "harmless old man's disease" his long-established urologist back home in Austin recommends immediate surgery. What does he do?

Although frightened, author Murray Wadsworth says no and begins researching his options, but he is quickly perplexed by all the controversies surrounding this all too common disease. Additionally, it does not take long for him to realize his healthcare options in America are restricted by a lack of advanced investigative tools and private health insurance limitations.

Wadsworth's story does far more than describe his personal three-year quest researching and selecting diagnostic and multiple treatment methods. He also shares the findings of his patient-detective approach, supported by scientific references and his most important medical consultations. The book includes a bibliography of the best up-to-date sources the author found to help him navigate the volumes of information on his cancer.

Prostate Cancer: Sheep or Wolf? Navigating Systemic Misinformation paves the way for other men to become their own advocates and for their families and friends who want to understand what their loved one is going through. It is a guide for them to see through the American healthcare systems' misinformation that promotes fear of overtreatment and side effects, drowning out the very real risks with this disease. A system that clings to outdated practices even smaller European countries like Belgium and the Netherlands have moved far beyond.

The author steers clear of advocating any particular treatment, but considers carefully the various methodologies and conflicting medical opinions patients face in this highly readable account of his own experience with diagnosis and treatment. He recounts how PSA screening failed him and the additional shock that his biopsy missed the most threatening cancer cells. Wadsworth shares how he came to have consultations with world-renowned experts including the "godfather" of robotic surgery, and how by good fortune he met Dr. Carole Wyatt on the ski slopes in Switzerland. It was through these relationships that Wadsworth came to benefit from the latest in genomic testing, enhanced-imaging techniques and treatment options.

Prostate Cancer: Sheep or Wolf? is also the riveting story of parallel journeys: balancing evolving diagnosis and evaluations of treatment options in the US and Europe, while embarking on RV road trips through the American Rocky Mountains. After prostatectomy and radiotherapy in America failed to clear all his cancer, Wadsworth returned to Europe for world-leading imaging and highly specialized pelvic lymph node removal surgery.

Today Wadsworth balances his time between ongoing RV road trips, visits with his children and grandchildren, and at the farmhouse in France he shares with Carole. He remains hopeful that surgery in Belgium cleared all the sheep along with any wolves; all the while, the next PSA blood test is always just months away.

Title:Prostate Cancer: Sheep or Wolf?: Navigating Systemic MisinformationFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:February 6, 2019Publisher:​Murray Keith WadsworthLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1732938113

ISBN - 13:9781732938113

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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