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What to ask your doctor about prostate cancer treatment

Men and women discussing prostate cancer

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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Updated: 26 February 2014