In Sickness and in Health: Surviving Prostate Cancer Together is the most detailed and multifaceted account of the impact of prostate cancer and subsequent treatment yet written by a spouse. Due to the sexual nature of prostate cancer, it may affectMoreIn Sickness and in Health: Surviving Prostate Cancer Together is the most detailed and multifaceted account of the impact of prostate cancer and subsequent treatment yet written by a spouse.
Due to the sexual nature of prostate cancer, it may affect relationships and intimacy more than many other cancers. Gervais writes written from a womans point of view to support spouses as part of the healing team, knowing that partners can feel isolated because of needs to talk with someone about fears and yet to be positive for the man involved. Few books address, from first-hand experience, four treatment options: surgery, radiation, hormone therapy, and alternative therapies. In Sickness and in Health: Surviving Prostate Cancer Together was written to give couples information about the effects these therapies have on quality of life, sexuality, intimate relationships, and survival.
Gervais details the first 5 years following a diagnosis of prostate cancer in her otherwise healthy husband. She provides support to take positive steps regardless of the prognosis. Nothing is spared, from the initial shock, through the search for the best treatment options, to the agonizing wait for results after surgery, and finally through somewhat experimental treatment of combined hormone therapy and radiation. Many people tend to treat prostate cancer from just one perspective, but the author thinks affected couples need to be encouraged to do everything possible to effect a cure.
The importance of the couples use of alternative therapy involving diet, supplements, exercise, and visualization is clearly detailed The description of the slow return to full potency against harsh odds gives hope to other couples facing the same situation while the author shares her view on the importance of activism regarding sexual function.
Gervais frankly discusses sexuality and prostate cancer from a personal perspective. What is a hospital stay like? What are the risks and side effects of surgery? What is daily life like during radiation therapy? How does hormone therapy affect sexual relations? How are communication and intimacy between couples changed by prostate cancer and treatment?
How does a spouse stop worrying about cancer and let it go? This book answers these questions and more, as the author shares her optimism and her belief that life can be better after prostate cancer than before, in a book written to give hope and support to couples as they work together to survive prostate cancer.