Additional Things to Consider

Fighting Prostate Cancer Together

Additional Things to Consider

Don't Rush

Unless there is compelling medical reason to act quickly, take the time to learn about your particular cancer, the risks and possible side effects of various therapies, and the impact they may have on your life.  Remember that there is generally time for you to become informed.

Get the Facts
Education is the Key

Start learning about prostate cancer.  Learn what it is, how it acts, and what treatments are available.

Become Your Own Advocate

By educating yourself, you become an advocate for your personal health care.

Form a Partnership With Your Doctor

This partnership should be mutually supportive and based on candid, honest dialogue.

Consider a Second Opinion

Doctors understand getting a second opinion to confirm their diagnosis.  In seeking a second opinion, urologists, radiologists, oncologists and general practitioners may offer different perspectives.  Each will provide considerations based on your individual situation.

Talk About Your Cancer

Prostate cancer is a family affair that affects those closest to your.  Talk with your partner and family about your cancer.

Consider a Support Group

Support groups are made up of peers who understand your situation, because they've been there themselves.  Bring your partner, a family member, or a friend along.  Ask your doctor if he or she knows the location of any local prostate cancer support groups.  Check our directory of support groups on this site.

Seek the Best Opinion

It is your responsibility to investigate the services available through your insurance coverage and health care provider.  When you are ready to make a treatment decision, ask the doctor how many cases like yours she or he has treated.

While first rate treatment is available at many hospitals throughout the United States, many may not be equipped or experienced in all treatments available.  Be assured that community hospitals, as well as large regional medical institutions, offer doctors who are experts in your type of cancer.

Maintain Good Records

Throughout this process, you need to maintain good records.  First, this is important for your insurers.  Second, it is important to have your medical reports available for review when seeking second opinions.  These reports provide a profile of your condition and will help you avoid undergoing tests you may have already taken.

Don't Play Doctor

Alternative medicine has many advocates.  However, until more is known about the efficacy of various alternative treatments, it is important to consult with your doctor before using them.  Although many alternative therapies may complement traditional therapies, they also may interfere with diagnostic tests and treatments.

Continually Seek Information

Because prostate cancer diagnosis methods and treatments are undergoing rapid changes, continually seek updated information.  Discuss any new information, ask questions, and be honest with your doctor and health care team.

Get Involved

Studies show that patients who take an active role in their disease and treatment have better outcomes.


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