Questions for your care team

Michael JonesNews Article

Take this list into the exam room to help you get the conversation started.

  1. What type of prostate cancer do I have? What is the stage and grade of my cancer?
  2. What treatment options do you recommend and why? Will I need to have my prostate removed?
  3. Is the goal of my treatment to cure my cancer or just to manage it?
  4. What are the expected side effects for these treatments? Are there any ways I can lessen the side effects?
  5. Are there any side effects I should call you about immediately?
  6. How long will we wait to see if a treatment is working?
  7. Should I have regular tests, such as PSA tests, to track my treatment process?
  8. What if my cancer doesn’t respond to hormone therapy? Can another treatment help?
  9. Are there any lifestyle changes you recommend to help me feel my best?
  10. Is there a clinical trial that can help me? What are the pros and cons?
  11. Can I still work/pursue my hobbies during treatment?