NEW YORK--Marion Morra, associate director of the Yale Cancer
Center, has collaborated with her sister Eve Potts, a medical
writer for more than 30 years, to produce The Prostate Cancer
Answer Book: An Unbiased Treatment Guide, published in September
by Avon Books to coincide with Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.
The authors take all the most frequently asked questions about
the disease and give answers in plain language, based on the most
up-to-date information available in 1996. With an 8-point check
list of things to do, they walk the patient through the steps
needed to make a decision about treatment.
The co-authors have written three other books for the lay audience:
Choices: The Cancer Sourcebook; Triumph: Getting Back to Normal
When You Have Cancer; and Understanding Your Immune System.
In 1993, they received the Natalie Davis Springarn Writer's Award
from the National Coalition for Cancer Survivors for their books
Choices and Triumph.
In his foreword to the prostate cancer book, Vincent DeVita, MD,
director of the Yale Cancer Center, writes that "it is difficult
for the public to understand how doctors can disagree on treatments
for prostate cancer, but we do, and our conflicts are often colored
by the biases we acquire in training. . . . Lots of things are
happening, most of them good, that are changing how prostate cancer
is understood and treated."
The book is available from Avon Trade Paperbacks for $12.50.