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[book cover] Before and After Radical Prostate Surgery

Virginia Vandall-Walker with Katherine Moore and Diane Pyne

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October 2008

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An Interview with Virginia Vandall-Walker on Global Television


About the Book

Before and After Radical Prostate Surgery is a research-based, comprehensive, and comprehensible resource on prostate surgery in Canada.

Aimed at men with concerns about prostate surgery and their partners, this invaluable guide includes chapters on preparing for prostate surgery, the surgery itself, recovery in hospital and at home, a list of recommended resources, and special sections to record personal notes and important contact information.

About the Author

Virginia Vandall-Walker is an assistant professor in the Centre for Nursing and Health Studies, Athabasca University, and adjunct assistant professor in the Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta. Her research interests include patient education about prostate surgery; family nursing in critical care; nursing support theory development; and end-of-life family caregiving.



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Tell-all book preps for prostate surgery

Guys' 'heartbreaking' stories led local nurses to write guide

By Chris Zdeb
December 8, 2008
Edmonton Journal


Painful bloated belly, shortness of breath, Kegel exercises, incontinence. Jim Cruikshank has experienced it all since his prostate cancer surgery last month.

"That bloated belly I had right after surgery is probably the closest I'll ever get to feeling pregnant," he says, chuckling. "I couldn't move, I couldn't even breathe." Cruikshank wishes someone had told him beforehand about the bloating, caused when surgeons inflate the abdomen with gas to allow them to visualize all the organs. It abates after 24 hours.

It would have helped to know not to suck on ice, which makes the bloating worse, and to move around to make it feel better.

A heads-up about how he might feel shivery and cold all the time would have been nice, too. So would a few words about leaking catheters and flood-like incontinence.

For the most part, you're on your own after surgery, Cruikshank says, which is why the 63-year-old retired shop teacher, who is recuperating at home, gave a rave review to a new little tell-all book.

Before and After Radical Prostate Surgery, an information and resource guide, was written by three Edmonton nurses who have heard other men voice the same concerns as Cruikshank.

The idea for the little blue book came from Katherine Moore, a urology research nurse and nursing professor at the University of Alberta, renowned for her expertise on incontinence.

Moore says post-operative patients struggling with incontinence, the result of surgical damage but temporary in 85 to 90 per cent of men, were constantly coming to hospital emergency because they thought there was something really wrong.

"It was heartbreaking to hear some of the stories these guys were telling," she says.

What they really needed was more information.

"There's lots of general information for men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer," Moore explains.

"What there isn't, is information specifically about coping with that diagnosis when you've made the decision to have surgery." "Then, once you've had surgery, what it's like when you go home," Moore says. "So the next day after hospitalization, what is it like? How do you deal with the dressing? How do you deal with the catheter? How do you deal with the pain?" Every hospital where prostate cancer surgery is done has some sort of information handout for men. The difference with this booklet is the detail it provides, and its focus on laparoscopic procedures, known as keyhole surgery. Edmonton is one of the laparoscopic centres of Canada.

Lead author Virginia Vandall-Walker, an assistant nursing professor at Athabasca University and the U of A, who researched and wrote the book, and Diane Pyne, who helped with research and analyzed data, held focus groups with men who had gone through the surgery.

"Men are very happy to talk to somebody if somebody would talk to them. It's that no one was actually following up and giving them the support they needed," Moore says.

One in eight Canadian men between the ages of 50 and 79 develops prostate cancer. Each year, 22,000 cases are diagnosed and 20 per cent undergo prostate surgery. Four hundred surgeries are done in Edmonton every year.

Copies of Before and After Radical Prostate Surgery ($7.95) are available at Audreys Books and are on order at Greenwoods' Bookshoppe. The book can also be ordered online from Athabasca University Press at เกมส์ยิงปลาออนไลน์

Facts about the prostate

- Prostate cancer starts in the cells of the prostate gland, which is part of the male reproductive system. Its main function is to make part of the seminal fluid that makes semen.

- The prostate is about the size of a large walnut. It is located close to the rectum just below the bladder at the base of the penis. The prostate surrounds the urethra, the tube that carries urine and semen through the penis.

- Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in Canadian men. It usually grows slowly and can often be cured or managed successfully. Source: Canadian Cancer Society

- The prostate cancer support group meets the second Tuesday of every month from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in Room 2279 at the Cross Cancer Institute, 11560 University Ave. The next meeting is tomorrow and will feature a laparoscopic surgery video. Men with prostate cancer and their families are welcome.

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