Book Reviews

Everything You Never Wanted to Know about Erectile Dysfunction and Penile Implants, by Rick Redner MSW and Brenda Redner RN. Lulu Publishing Services, 2016.

For anyone facing severe Erectile Dysfunction, or considering a penile implant, this is a must-read book.  It is a very personal story of one couple’s struggle with ED.  At the same time, it in incredibly fact-filled, with detailed information about the implant process, and dozens of footnotes and references.

Prostate Cancer and the Man You Love: Supporting and Caring for Your Partner, by Dr. Anne Katz. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2012.

This is a comprehensive book, covering almost every aspect of prostate cancer, from diagnosis through treatment and recovery. Unlike the other books listed below, there isn’t a lot of discussion of sex. And despite the title, this book isn’t really about partners – the information is equally useful for the patient himself. The book is highly recommended if you have not yet chosen or undergone treatment.

Reclaiming Sex & Intimacy After Prostate Cancer – A Guide for Men and Their Partners, by Jeffrey Albaugh. Jannetti Publications, 2012.

This is the best book overall book on the subject of recovery after prostate cancer treatments. It covers all the problems you will encounter, and appropriate treatments for each. All of the author’s recommendations are supported by references to scientific studies, but he doesn’t get bogged down in the scientific details. He also addresses the psychological impact on the patient and his partner, and gives recommendations for finding support groups.

This book would also be useful for men suffering from other causes of ED or incontinence.

Saving Your Sex Life – A Guide for Men with Prostate Cancer, by Dr. John Mulhall. CIACT, 2011.

A very “technical” book that explains the biology and medicine behind sexual function, the damage done by various treatments, and the options for sexual rehabilitation. The information is great, but you may get lost in the technical details.

Sex After Prostate Cancer – A Wife’s Secrets, by Lori Wilk. Comm Studios, 2014.

While it is clearly heartfelt, this short book (101 pages of large type) is very superficial and contains almost no useful information.