Questions to Ask About Your Prostate Cancer

Health Monitor Staff
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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.

  1. What kind of prostate cancer do I have? What is the Gleason’s score? What stage is my prostate cancer?
  2. What is the prognosis, or outlook, for my type of prostate cancer? What do you recommend to improve that outlook?
  3. Is my cancer the kind that can just be safely watched?
  4. What local treatment (e.g., surgery, radiation) do you recommend?
  5. Will I need medical therapy? What type (e.g., hormone therapy, chemotherapy)?
  6. Am I a candidate for a clinical trial?
  7. What kind of lifestyle modifications can I make to feel my best and to lower the risk of recurrence?
  8. What kind of support is available (e.g., emotional support—hospital social workers, local support groups—and information support, including websites)?
  9. Who on your team can I call if I have a question or need help?
May 2013