Diagnosed with Prostate Cancer? Important Questions To Ask Your Urologist
Did you know that prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men? Receiving a prostate cancer diagnosis can bring about a wide range of emotions while you determine what to do next. It’s important to have open and honest discussions with your cancer team to make sure that you have all of the answers you need. Below is a list of important questions to ask your urologist when you have been diagnosed with prostate cancer.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What stage and grade is my prostate cancer?
When most patients find out that they have cancer, the first thing they typically want to know is how far along the cancer is (stage). Your urologist/oncologist will be able to tell you the stage of your cancer and develop a treatment plan. There are many tests that your doctor can run to give you a more in-depth explanation of your cancer and its stage.
Based on what we know about my cancer, what do you feel is the best course of treatment for me?
After asking your doctor about the stage of your prostate cancer, another question you want to ask is how it can be treated. Judging by the size and location of the cancer, your urologist can develop an individualized treatment plan. Treatments are not a ‘one size fits all’ solution.
What are the odds of developing side effects?
No matter what your doctor recommends, you will ultimately make the final decision in regards to the treatment you receive. Knowing the side effects of each treatment will give you an opportunity to weigh the pros and cons and decide what will be best for you and your family. Prior to having any surgery or treatment, it is important to know what side effects may occur afterwards.
If I’m worried about the costs related to my cancer care, who can help me with these concerns?
Cost and insurance coverage are common concerns that many patients have prior to treatment. Your questions will be sent to the appropriate person so you can get the information that you need from a trusted resource. Many cancer programs (including DMG’s) have oncologic financial counselors available to assist you in understanding the cost of treatment, insurance benefits and obligations, patient assistance programs and more.
Will prostate cancer affect my sex drive?
What are the benefits of the therapy/treatment that you are recommending?
Will I have problems controlling my bladder?
Is my cancer likely to come back based on what you know today?
What kind of follow-up can I expect after treatment?
What is the average recovery time after surgery?
Do you work as part of a multidisciplinary cancer center/program? If so, is the cancer center accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer?
If surgery is the recommended treatment option, will you be performing laparoscopic surgery (robotic), or open surgery?
Where will the surgery be performed?
How much time will I need to take off from work?
Are there any other restrictions?
Do I need a pre-operative physical from my primary care physician?
Is this cancer hereditary? Do my male children need to be monitored more closely because of my diagnosis?