Questions to Ask Your Primary Doctor

Fighting Prostate Cancer Together


Questions to Ask Your Primary Doctor or Urologist if
Diagnosed with Prostate Cancer

 
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What is the Gleason score of my cancer?
 
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Can you feel my tumor with your hands?
 
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How aggressive is my cancer?  Is it going to spread in months?  Years?
How many years?
 
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Is my cancer confined to the prostate?
What is the probability that my cancer has already spread beyond the prostate?
 
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Do I need further X-rays such as a bone scan, CT, or MRI to determine if my cancer has spread?
 
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Do I need treatment right away?
 
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What are all the treatment options available to me?
  • Radical Prostatectomy? (surgery) What are the risks and benefits?

  • Radiation Therapy?  What is the difference between external beam and seeding?  What are the risks and benefits of each?

  • Cryosurgery?  What are the risks and benefits?

  • Hormone Treatment?  What are the risks and benefits?

  • Observation?  What are the risks and benefits?

 
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What are the possible side effects of each treatment?
  • How will the various treatment options affect my sex life?

  • What are the chances that I will have problems with incontinence or impotence?  What are precautions that can be taken to avoid these problems

 
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Am I a candidate for clinical trials?  Do you participate in any clinical trials in this office?


 

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