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If you have been diagnosed with early stage prostate cancer (cancer is only found in the prostate and has not spread to other organs or lymph nodes), there are a variety of treatment options to consider, and information to take into account before making any decisions. You want to be a partner in your care. When you meet with your doctor or treatment team, come prepared with questions to open the lines of communication. Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

  • What is the clinical stage and Gleason score of my cancer?
  • Is my cancer low risk, medium risk, or high risk for recurrence (coming back later)?
  • What are my treatment options?
  • What side effects might I experience with each of these treatments?
  • Are any of these side effects permanent? Can they be treated or lessened and how?
  • Is active surveillance an option for my cancer if I have a low volume, low Gleason Grade, early cancer?
  • What are the chances of my cancer returning after it has been treated?
  • What is my prognosis (chances of survival)?
  • If I want to consult with another doctor for a second opinion, how do I share information between you?
  • What exercise regimen is best for me to increase my longevity?
  • What dietary changes are best for me to increase my longevity?

It may be uncomfortable discussing these questions with your doctor, but it will give you a better understanding of your specific cancer, and how to best handle it.