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Talking often with the doctor is important to make informed decisions about your health care. These suggested questions are a starting point to help you learn more about your cancer care and treatment. You are also encouraged to ask additional questions that are important to you.
Before diagnosis/risk reduction and screening
- What type of prostate cancer screening schedule do you recommend for me, based on my individual medical profile and family history?
- Are there any changes I can make to my diet that can help me lower my risk of prostate cancer?
After a diagnosis of prostate cancer
- What type of prostate cancer do I have?
- What stage is my prostate cancer, and what does this mean?
- What is the Gleason score of my prostate cancer? What does this mean?
- Can you explain my pathology report (laboratory test results) to me?
- What are my treatment options?
- What clinical trials are open to me?
- What treatment plan do you recommend and why?
- What is the goal of each treatment?
- Who will be part of my health care team, and what does each member do?
- Who will be coordinating my overall treatment and follow-up care?
- What are the possible side effects of each treatment option, both in the short term and the long term?
- What experience do you have in treating this type of cancer?
- How will this treatment affect my daily life? Will I be able to work, exercise, and perform my usual activities?
- Will I have difficulty controlling my bladder function after treatment?
- Could this treatment affect my sex life? If so, how and for how long?
- Could this treatment affect my ability to have children? If so, should I talk with a fertility specialist before cancer treatment begins? Should I consider sperm banking?
- What type of recovery should I expect following treatment?
- What follow-up care tests will I need, and how often will I need them?
- If I’m worried about managing the costs related to my cancer care, who can help me with these concerns?
- What support services are available to me? To my family?
- Whom do I call for questions or problems?