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Prostate cancer reading list

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This page gives details of a selection of books, leaflets and other resources about prostate cancer. There is information about


Books from libraries, bookshops or online booksellers

You can find a list of books about cancer, treatments, and living with cancer on our general reading list.

Coping Successfully with Prostate Cancer
Dr Tom Smith
Sheldon Press, 2010
ISBN 978-1847091048

Dr Tom Smith is the Guardian doctor. This book gives an overview of prostate cancer, describes the many treatments available, and presents the latest research.

100 questions and answers about prostate cancer
Pamela Ellsworth
Jones and Bartlett publishers, Sudbury, MA (USA), 2008
ISBN 978-0-76375-2057

A very detailed book about all aspects of prostate cancer.Has very good tips on ways of managing the effects of treatment such as erection problems and urinary incontinence. It is written for the American audience so some aspects are not relevant to UK readers.

Prostate and Cancer: A Family Guide to Diagnosis, Treatment and Survival
Sheldon Marks
Da Capo Press Inc, 2008
ISBN 978-0738208398

Looks at coping with your emotions, dealing with changes to your lifestyle and treatments.

American Cancer Society’s Complete Guide to Prostate Cancer
David Bostiwick
American Cancer Society, 2006
ISBN 0-944235-54-9

A comprehensive and easy to read book about prostate cancer, which discusses the latest advances in prevention, early detection, treatment options and how to cope with emotional stresses and physical side effects.

Dr Peter Scardino's Prostate Book
Peter Scardino and Judith Kelman
Avery, 2006
ISBN 978-1583332542

Written by a specialist in America, this book provides information about all aspects of prostate cancer, including prevention, treatment and self help tips.

Intimacy With Impotence: The Couple’s Guide to Better Sex after Prostate Disease
Ralph and Barbara Alterowitz
Da Copa Press, 2004
ISBN 0-738207-89-6

A description of sexual changes due to prostate treatment. Written by a prostate cancer survivor and his wife. Discusses impotence in lay terms and has information on the treatments available as well as practical advice about lovemaking.

Healthy Eating: The Prostate Care Cookbook 
Margaret Rayman, Kay Gibbons and Kay Dilley, in association with the Prostate Cancer Research Foundation
Kyle Cathie, 2009
ISBN 978-1856268691

A cook book that provides recipes based on healthy eating guidance that may reduce the risk of prostate cancer. 


Booklets and factsheets from other organisations

From Prostate Cancer UK

Know Your Prostate: a guide to common prostate problems
PSA and Beyond: a guide for men concerned about prostate cancer
Prostate Cancer: a guide for newly diagnosed men
Prostate Cancer Information for African Caribbean Men 
The Tool Kit (a set of factsheets on prostate cancer)

From Macmillan Cancer Support

Men and cancer (also on CD and audiotape)
Controlling cancer pain (also on CD and audiotape)
Controlling the symptoms of cancer (also on audiotape)
Coping with advanced cancer (also on CD and audiotape)
Diet and cancer (also on CD and audiotape)
Lost for words - how to talk to someone with cancer
Pelvic radiotherapy in men: possible late effects (published jointly with Cancer Research UK)
Sexuality and cancer (also on CD and audiotape)
Talking about your cancer
Talking to children when an adult has cancer (also on CD and audiotape)
Understanding early (localised) prostate cancer
Understanding locally advanced prostate cancer
Understanding advanced (metastatic) prostate cancer
Understanding cancer research trials
Understanding radiotherapy (also on CD and audiotape)
Understanding secondary cancer in the bone (also on CD and audiotape)
Understanding the PSA test

From the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

Clinical trials

To order any of the Royal Marsden Hospital booklets please telephone freephone 0800 783 7176, or email

From the Bladder and Bowel Foundation

An introduction to bladder control problems
Bladder control after a prostate operation
Pelvic floor exercises for men


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Updated: 26 February 2014