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You may want to ask the doctor these prostate cancer questions before having a biopsy:
- Where will the biopsy take place? Will I have to go to the hospital?
- How long will it take? Will I be awake? Will it hurt?
- What are the risks? What are the chances of infection or bleeding after the biopsy?
- How long will it take me to recover?
- How soon will I know the results?
- If I do have cancer, who will talk to me about the next steps? When?
You may want to ask your doctor these prostate cancer questions before your treatment begins:
- What is the stage of the disease? Do any lymph nodes show signs of cancer? Has the cancer spread?
- What is the grade of the tumor?
- What is the goal of treatment? What are my treatment choices? Which do you recommend for me? Why?
- What are the expected benefits of each kind of treatment?
- What are the risks and possible side effects of each treatment? How can side effects be managed?
- What can I do to prepare for treatment?
- Will I need to stay in the hospital? If so, for how long?
- How will treatment affect my normal activities? Will it affect my sex life? Will I have urinary problems? Will I have bowel problems?
- What will the treatment cost? Will my insurance cover it?
- Would a clinical trial (research study) be appropriate for me?
You may want to ask your doctor these prostate cancer questions before choosing surgery:
- What kinds of surgery can I consider? Is nerve-sparing surgery an option for me? Which operation do you recommend for me? Why?
- How will I feel after the operation?
- If I have pain, how can we control it?
- Will I have any lasting side effects?
- Is there someone I can talk with who has had the same surgery I'll be having?