What to ask your doctor about prostate cancer treatment
Some questions you may want to ask your doctor
- What can you tell me about the stage of my cancer?
- What can you tell me about the grade of my cancer?
- What is my Gleason score and what does this mean?
- What sort of treatment do I need?
- Is there any choice of treatment?
- What is the aim of the treatment?
- What is the long term outlook (prognosis) of my cancer?
- Should I have any other treatment as well as surgery or radiotherapy?
- What are the short and long term side effects of the treatments?
- What can you or I do to help with side effects?
- Is there any treatment you can offer to help control symptoms?
- What written information can you give me about my treatment?
- Is there a specialist nurse I can see?
- How often will I have to come to the hospital for treatment?
- Is there any transport available or is it possible to have help paying my fares?
- How long will the course of treatment be?
- Could you arrange for me to have a second opinion?
- Are there any experimental treatments or trials you would recommend for me?
- Is there a specialist nurse or counsellor who can talk things through with me?
- What happens if I decide not to have treatment?
- How often will you want to see me after my treatment ends?
- What will happen at these follow up appointments?
- Is there a number I can call if I am worried between appointments?
- Is there anything I should I be looking out for?
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