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Questions for your doctor about treatment for prostate cancer

Men and women discussing prostate cancer

Some questions you may want to ask your doctor

  • Is my cancer slow growing enough for monitoring (active surveillance), or should I have treatment straight away?
  • What is my outlook (prognosis) without treatment?
  • What type of treatment is best in my case?
  • Why are you recommending this treatment?
  • Is the aim of the treatment to cure the cancer, control it, or control symptoms?
  • What are the side effects likely to be during the treatment?
  • What are the possible long term side effects, after 1 year, 2 years, 3 years?
  • How might the hormone therapy affect me emotionally?
  • Are there any side effects that could be permanent?
  • How are the side effects of radiotherapy and surgery different?
  • Which treatment is least likely to cause difficulty getting an erection (impotence)?
  • Which treatment is least likely to cause loss of bladder control (incontinence)?
  • Do I have a choice of specialists or hospitals?
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Updated: 21 February 2014