Washington Blade

Book review:
Gay & Bisexual Men Living with Prostate Cancer,
edited by Jane M. Ussher, Janette Perz, and B.R. Simon Rosser

NEW YORK — A new book devoted to gay and bi men with prostate cancer was released this week.

“Gay & Bisexual Men Living with Prostate Cancer (from Diagnosis to Recovery)” by Jane M. Ussher, Janette Perz and B.R. Simon Rosser (from LGBT scholarly publisher Harrington Park Press) bills itself as “the most current and comprehensive book on the subject published to date incorporating the tremendous new developments in cancer treatment from the past 10 years.”

The authors say the book was needed because LGBT people, women and racial minorities have been “underrepresented in clinical trials which limits our ability to identify their needs and to respond to them thoughtfully.”

“The LGBT community has been described as experiencing an ignored epidemic and characterized as a growing and medically underserved population in the area of cancer care,” the publisher said in a press release. “In no disease is this inequality more apparent than in prostate cancer. Of the hundreds of thousands of studies devoted to prostate cancer, only 88 small-scale efforts have focused on understanding the experiences of (GBT) individuals with prostate cancer.”

Issues covered include how prostate cancer and its treatment affects sexual function in gay sex. The 352-page book retails for $95 (hardcover) and $45 (paperback) on Amazon.

Reviewed by Staff reports