The Importance of Talking with Your Urologist
As you go through treatment for prostate cancer, it’s critical that you communicate effectively with your physician so that you have the most accurate and comprehensive information available. Because these treatments are likely to affect your sexual health and urinary continence, it may be difficult to think about sharing information freely with your urologist. But remember that it is your urologist who is in the best position to help you.
We recommend that you bring a loved one or friend with you during your initial appointments to help you absorb all the information you will receive.
The following are a dozen questions that you may want to pose to your urologist in your initial appointment following diagnosis:
- How aggressive is my cancer?
What are my PSA level and Gleason score?
- Do I need to be treated? If not, why?
- Has the cancer spread? What are my chances of survival?
- What treatment options are appropriate for me, and which ones would you recommend and why?
- What are the pros and cons of open versus robotic surgery?
- What are the pros and cons on radiation therapy versus surgery?
- I have heard that prostate cancer surgery and treatment will affect my ability to achieve an erection and that it may also affect my urinary control. What are the treatments and how quickly will I recover? What can I do to make the recovery progress more rapidly?
- How often will you check my PSA levels after surgery? What should the level be and when do I need to be concerned?
- How will I know if the cancer has returned? Will I experience symptoms?
- What will my options be if the cancer comes back?
- Would I benefit from participating in a clinical trial?
- Are there any limitations to my daily activities because of the cancer and/or treatment?
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This page was last modified on 6/3/2013