TheraChoice Prostate Cancer

When making a therapy choice, aside from survival, consider the risk of therapy side effects and the length of treatment.

Survival may be very important to you if you want the therapy that maximizes your life expectancy.

Treatment side effects are different for each therapy and combinations of therapies. They can affect your quality of life and health, so the advantages and disadvantages must be weighed by you and your health care provider(s).

Treatment duration may be an important factor because certain therapy options require many treatment sessions and time commitment. You should be aware of how treatment length can impact your daily life.

Risk is an uncertainty, or likelihood of an event occuring.

Uncertainty exists when we don't have full control. We live in a world full of uncertainties. A risk is an uncertain estimate of how likely an event will occur. It is estimated based on the existing number of events which have already occured in a given population.

There are many uncertainties that we do not fuss over in our day to day lives. A question such as "will the bus be on time today?" is a risk in disguise. "What is the risk of the bus being late today?".

In the context of cancer, a risk could be “How often has this side effect (an event) occured in the past for cancer patients?”. It is at times like these where individuals may start to fear or worry, even though we are surrounded by risks on a regular basis.

Your risk is an estimated number based on previous patient outcomes, but it does not dictate your cancer outcome.

Risk is an estimated number based on previous patient outcomes. It can serve as a guideline to make medical decisions. However, it does not dictate what will happen in reality, and may not be an accurate estimation for your unique cancer.

Natural frequency is a measurement of how many times an event has occured before.

Different individuals have personal needs when it comes to making decisions, and these preferences should be considered by both the doctor and patient when choosing a prostate cancer therapy..

For example, some men would feel very uncomfortable if they could no longer sustain erections for sexual intercourse. Some men care more about certain risks than others.

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