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If You Have Prostate Cancer: Questions to Ask Your Doctor

A prostate cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming and scary. You will probably have lots of questions, and wonder where to even begin. Be open with your doctor with your questions and concerns. Here’s a guide you can follow to gain understanding of what to expect.

Understand the stage and seriousness of the cancer. The stage of the cancer is how far the cancer has spread. Knowing the stage of your cancer is important so your doctor can determine what types of treatment might be best for you.

The American Cancer Society recommends these questions:

  • Do you know the stage and risk group of cancer?
  • If not, how and when will you find out?
  • Would you explain to me what the stage and risk group mean in my case?
  • What will happen next?

The big question on your mind will be, How do I fight it? Your doctor will discuss treatment options with you. Determining a treatment plan will consider things like the cancer type, stage and grade for the cancer, pre-existing health problems, and your personal concerns among many other factors.

The main kinds of treatment are observation, active surveillance, surgery, radiation, hormone therapy, and chemo. Sometimes more than one kind of treatment is used.

What will happen after treatment?

After treatment, your doctor will want you to come back for follow-up visits. You will be asked about symptoms, get exams and potentially have blood tests and other tests to monitor indicators.

It will be hard not to worry about a recurrence, but with regular check ups with your doctor, and implementing a healthy lifestyle, you can stay ahead of recurrence and have ease of mind.

The longer you’re cancer-free, the less often the visits are needed.


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