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Prepare for Your Appointment

Prepare for Your Appointment

Open dialogue with your doctor and healthcare team is important to understand your prostate cancer diagnosis. It’s important to learn about your individual prostate cancer because it has a direct impact on the treatment options you and your doctor will consider.

Download and Print questions to Ask Your doctor

The following are some important questions to ask your doctor:

  • How do I obtain a copy of my pathology report?
  • What is my prostate specific antigen (PSA) level?
  • What is my Gleason score?
  • How will we know whether or not I should receive treatment?
  • How likely is my cancer to progress without treatment?
  • What is active surveillance and is it an option for me?
  • Am I a candidate for the Oncotype DX® GPS or other molecular tests?
  • How much will treatment reduce the risk of my cancer growing and spreading?
  • Is there a way to tell how quickly my cancer is growing or if it is high risk to grow and spread?
  • Has my cancer metastasized?
  • What options are available to me for managing my prostate cancer?
  • What are the side effects of different types of treatment?
  • How quickly am I expected to recover after treatment?
  • How likely is my cancer to recur after treatment?
  • What kind of monitoring will I need to do after treatment?
  • What resources are available for me to better understand my course of care?

Download and Print questions to Ask Your doctor