Know Before You Go
- Keep a diary of any symptoms you may have regarding urinary or sexual performance problems.
- Document any history of prostate cancer or other prostate health problems in your family.
- Bring in a diary of your typical eating patterns since recent research has shown that diet modification might decrease the chances of developing prostate cancer.
IF YOU ARE TOLD YOU HAVE EARLY STAGE PROSTATE CANCER, DON'T LEAVE YOUR DOCTORS OFFICE BEFORE KNOWING THE ANSWERS TO THESE QUESTIONS:
- What is my PSA level? Do you take multiple values over time to see if it is rising? How often should my level be checked?
- What stage would you classify my cancer?
- By looking at my test results, do you think my cancer spread beyond the prostate?
- What is the cure rate for my type of cancer?
- Are there additional tests that we can do to gain the most complete understanding of the stage and aggressiveness of my cancer?
- Can you please review with me all the treatment options for this stage of cancer?
- Which treatment option do you recommend? What are the benefits of the type of therapy you are recommending? What are the downsides and/or side effects of this type of therapy?
- Will I have problems with incontinence or impotence?
- Will I have other urinary or rectal problems?
- What can I do to improve the success of my therapy?
- What kind of follow-up can I expect after treatment?
- Are there dietary changes that I could or should make to optimize my treatment?