TheraChoice Prostate Cancer

Things I want to talk to my doctor about

Can I see my therapy pathway?

‣ What are common questions that people ask their doctors?

What should I prepare to bring to my next doctor's appointment?

  • A copy of your health records
  • A list of the treatment options you are interested in
  • A list of the side effects you are interested in
  • A list of personal values and needs to bring to your health care provider's attention
  • A list of questions you have for your doctor

What questions do people ask their doctors?

  • Q: Should I be treated, or should I under active surveillance?
  • Q: What does the treatment involve?
  • Q: What are the benefits, risks, and side effects of each treatment?
  • Q: When should I start treatment?
  • Q: How long is the treatment?
  • Q: How long does it take to recover from the treatment?
  • Q: How long does it before I can carry on with my daily activities?
  • Q: How might the treatment impact my quality of life?
  • Q: How will the treatment impact my sex life?
  • Q: What is Impotence? Does it affect fertility?
  • Q: How long do these side effects last? Are they temporary or permanent?
  • Q: Can I talk to someone who has had this treatment before?
  • Q: What support is there out there for people with prostate cancer?
  • Q: What is the chance that my cancer will come back?
  • Q: How much does the treatment cost?
  • Q: Will my insurance company cover part of the treatment cost?
  • Q: Can you tell me more about what clinical trials there are out there?

Is it okay to ask another doctor for a second opinion?

Sometimes you may want to see another specialist for a second opinion on your intended treatent plan. You may ask your doctor for the necessary documentation (copies of pathology report, test results, scans, etc.) and for a referral to a specialist.

Your cancer care team may involve different specials. Different treatments will be supervised by a different physician.

A urologist will be monitoring individuals who chose active surveillance, or will be performing surgeries for prostate removal.

A radiation oncologist will supervise radiation therapy.

A medical oncologist will supervise chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and hormone therapy.