Prostate Cancer Questions

Prostate Cancer Questions to Ask Before a Biopsy

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?
     

Prostate Cancer Questions to Ask Before Treatment Begins

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?
     

Prostate Cancer Questions to Ask Before Surgery

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?
     
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