Questions to Ask Your doctor
- What is my Gleason score, the grade and the stage of my cancer?
- How aggressive is this cancer? Is it likely that my cancer will spread? (Has it spread?)
- If the cancer has spread, where?
- Do I need more tests now?
- What type of schedule should I be on to track changes with this cancer?
- What are my treatment choices (including surveillance, localized therapy or systemic therapy)?
- What are the advantages and disadvantages of each?
- What are the time considerations and costs for each?
- What is your experience with each option?
- Would I have to go somewhere special to get treatment?
- Why do you recommend one type of therapy over another?
- What are the chances for each treatment to manage my cancer and for how long?
- What are the chances of complications from each treatment?
- What kinds of complications are likely from each?
- When are they likely to occur?
- What if I choose no treatment (watchful waiting or active surveillance)?
- How often will I need to take follow-up tests?
- If I use hormone therapy, what type do you suggest and why?
- How would we manage potential side effects from hormone therapy?
- What are the chances that my cancer will return after treatment - and if it does, what options for treatment do I have then?
- Can we develop a short and long-term plan for my care?
- Is there someone you would recommend for another opinion?
Side Effects & Recovery:
- What are the potential side effects of the treatment you recommend: both immediately and in the long term?
- How can I manage side effects?
- How would we manage potential urinary dysfunction and for how long?
- How would we manage potential erectile dysfunction and for how long?
- What other side effects should I consider?
- How much recovery time will be required after surgery?
- Will I need to take time off from work or other activities to manage treatment and treatment side effects?