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People who are facing prostate cancer are naturally concerned about what their future holds. Understanding prostate cancer and what to expect can help patients and their loved ones plan the appropriate treatment, think about lifestyle changes, and make decisions about their quality of life and finances. Many people with prostate cancer want to know their prognosis, so they may ask their doctor or search for prostate cancer statistics on their own.
 
While some people find that it is easier to cope when they know the statistics, other people find statistical information confusing and frightening, and they think it is too impersonal to be of use to them. The doctor who is most familiar with a patient's situation is in the best position to discuss the prognosis for prostate cancer and to explain what the statistics regarding prostate cancer may mean for that person.
 
At the same time, it is important to understand that even the doctor cannot tell exactly what to expect. In fact, a person's prognosis may change if the cancer progresses or if treatment is successful. Seeking information about the prognosis is a personal decision, and it is up to each patient to decide how much information he or she wants to know and how to deal with it.
 
(Click Prostate Cancer Statistics for more statistics on prostate cancer.)
 
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