Prostate Cancer Questions

Prostate Cancer Questions to Ask Before Radiation Therapy

You may want to ask your doctor these prostate cancer questions before choosing radiation therapy:
 
  • How will radiation be given?
  • When will treatment start? When will it end? How often will I have treatments?
  • What can I do to take care of myself before, during, and after treatment?
  • How will I feel during treatment? Will I be able to drive myself to and from treatment?
  • How will we know the treatment is working?
  • How will I feel after the radiation?
  • Are there any lasting effects?
  • What is the chance that the cancer will come back in my prostate?
  • How often will I need checkups?
     

Prostate Cancer Questions to Ask Before Hormone Therapy

You may want to ask your doctor these prostate cancer questions before choosing hormone therapy:
 
  • What kind of hormone therapy will I have? Would you recommend drugs or surgery? Why?
  • When will treatment start? How often will I have treatments? When will it end?
  • Where will I go for treatment? Will I be able to drive home afterward?
  • If I have surgery, how long will I need to stay in the hospital?
  • How will I feel during treatment?
  • What can I do to take care of myself during treatment?
  • How will we know the treatment is working?
  • Which side effects should I tell you about?
  • Will there be lasting side effects?
     

Prostate Cancer Questions to Ask Before Watchful Waiting

You may want to ask your doctor these prostate cancer questions before choosing watchful waiting:
 
  • If I choose watchful waiting, can I change my mind later on?
  • Will the cancer be harder to treat later?
  • How often will I have checkups?
  • Between checkups, what problems should I report?
     
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