Victoria Hallerman, Health Activist and Author
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In this unflinchingly honest account of one couple’s struggles through prostate cancer, told from the wife’s point of view, Victoria Hallerman writes poignantly of the six-year journey that changed the landscape of her and her husband’s lives. She and Dean had been married 33 years when he got the news and underwent treatment that included radioactive seeds and hormone therapy. Now cancer-free, he lends his voice, too, to the book in many candid sidebars.

Both a moving memoir and a supportive guidebook, How We Survived Prostate Cancer addresses everything from redefining intimacy to a wife’s anger and loneliness in the face of her husband’s illness, and is filled with useful information and advice to help others on the same path.

Ninety percent of the nearly 200,000 men diagnosed with prostate cancer annually will survive. But they and their partners are often left to figure out on their own how to deal with the sometimes devastating effects of treatment, which can include decreased libido, urinary difficulties, erectile dysfunction, and mood swings. Finally, here is a cautionary tale to make sure they don’t make the same mistakes along the way.




How We Survived Prostate Cancer book cover image

This invaluable book offers:
A compelling personal story of one couple’s difficulties and ill-informed choices during prostate cancer treatment

In Dean’s Words comments on the treatment and its aftermath from the husband's point of view

What We Know Now nuggets of hard-won advice

Stories of other couples’ experiences drawn from the author’s interviews with wives of prostate cancer survivors

A discussion of treatment options and suggested questions to ask doctors

Dr. Peter Albert’s Top Ten List for Patients and Partners

Comprehensive Glossary and Resource section


MSNBC's TODAY Show, Online Health Column,
Prostate Cancer Another Worry for Women,
includes a section on Victoria's book.











































Victoria Hallerman
was the Keynote Speaker at
Women Against Prostate Cancer's
Blue Ribbon Congressional Tea,
U.S. House of Representatives,
September 19 2013

“An essential primer for others to chart a better course through diagnosis, treatment, and recovery.” —Eve Pearlman

WebMD Magazine Cover
A review of Victoria's book in the magazine, WebMD. Click to read >

Listen to an interview with Victoria, recorded during the May 28 - 31, 2009 BookExpo at the Jacob K. Javits Center.

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“Your book captures these issues with incredible grace.”
—Tomasz M. Beer, M.D.
Grover C. Bagby,
Deputy Director of the
OHSU Knight Cancer Institute
Oregon Health & Science University
Portland OR

“My husband thanked me for getting him your book.”
—Martha Malone, Jacksonville FL

“Lays bare the true impact of prostate cancer and its intimate challenges.”
—Mary Jane Nealon, RN, MFA,
Program Development Director,
Partnership Health Center, Missoula MT