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Prostate Cancer Appointment Guide

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Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • Is this the first time you've been diagnosed with prostate cancer, or is it a recurrence?
  • What other health conditions do you have? How are you treating and managing them?
  • Are you experiencing pain or other symptoms?
  • What kind of emotional and social support do you have to help you cope with prostate cancer?
  • What treatment side effects have you noticed, such as urinary, bowel, or erection problems?
  • Do you have any questions, or worries or concerns you'd like to discuss?
  • Would you be willing to consider a clinical trial?
  • Do you have new symptoms to discuss, like trouble urinating, blood in semen, or pelvic pain?
  • When did you first notice your symptoms?
  • Are your symptoms constant or do they come and go?
  • Do you have a family history of prostate cancer? What other cancers are in your family?
  • Have you had a digital rectal exam or PSA test? If yes, when was your last one? Do you remember the PSA value?
  • How well are you tolerating your prostate cancer treatment?
  • What is the treatment plan that was initially proposed to you?
  • Is there some form of treatment you'd like to avoid, if possible?
  • What new symptoms are you experiencing?
  • What is your main concern about a prostate cancer diagnosis?
  • Do my symptoms mean I have prostate cancer?
  • Could my symptoms be caused by another medical condition, such as BPH (enlarged prostate) or prostatitis (swelling and inflammation of the prostate gland)?
  • What tests do I need to find out whether it is cancer or not? How soon will I know?
  • How do you treat prostate cancer?
  • Is there anything I can do to lower my risk of prostate cancer?
  • What is my PSA level and what does it mean?
  • How aggressive is my prostate cancer? What is my Gleason score?
  • What tests do I need to find out if the cancer has spread?
  • What treatment plan do you recommend for me? And why?
  • What are the possible side effects of the treatment you are recommending? Are any of them permanent?
  • What is my prognosis, with or without beginning treatment now?
  • If I am having bad side effects from my treatments, are there other options for me?
  • Are my new symptoms related to prostate cancer or its treatment?
  • Do I need to treat my prostate cancer now? If so, what is the best treatment option for me?
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Last Review Date: 2018 Sep 17
  1. Prostate Cancer. American Cancer Society. https://www.cancer.org/cancer/prostate-cancer.html
  2. Prostate Cancer. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/prostate-cancer/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20353093
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