Questions to Ask About Your Prostate Cancer
You probably have a lot on your mind right now. Getting the answers to these questions can help you understand your prostate cancer and organize your thinking.
- What kind of prostate cancer do I have? What is the Gleason’s score? What stage is my prostate cancer?
- What is the prognosis, or outlook, for my type of prostate cancer? What do you recommend to improve that outlook?
- Is my cancer the kind that can just be safely watched?
- What local treatment (e.g., surgery, radiation) do you recommend?
- Will I need medical therapy? What type (e.g., hormone therapy, chemotherapy)?
- Am I a candidate for a clinical trial?
- What kind of lifestyle modifications can I make to feel my best and to lower the risk of recurrence?
- What kind of support is available (e.g., emotional support—hospital social workers, local support groups—and information support, including websites)?
- Who on your team can I call if I have a question or need help?