You have a unique medical history. Therefore, it is essential to talk with your doctor about your personal risk factors or experience with prostate cancer. By talking openly and regularly with your doctor, you can take an active role in your care.
General Tips for Gathering Information
Here are some tips that will help you to talk to your doctor:
Bring someone else with you. It helps to have another person hear what is said and think of questions to ask.
Write out your questions before you go, so you don't forget them.
Write down the answers you get. Make sure you understand what you are hearing. If you don't, tell the doctor. Ask for educational materials.
Ask where you can find more information. You have a right to know.
Specific Questions to Ask Your Doctor
About Your Risk of Developing Prostate Cancer
Based on my medical history, lifestyle, and family background, am I at risk of
What can I do to lower my risk of getting prostate cancer?
About Prostate Cancer
What is the stage of my cancer?
What does that mean?
What are the chances my cancer will come back after it's treated?
How will I know that my treatment worked?
What can I tell my wife, children, or other people in my family about my condition?
What is my expected outlook?
How often will I need checkups?
Getting the most out of your doctor appointment. Family Doctor—American Academy of Family Physicians website. Available at: https://familydoctor.org/tips-for-talking-to-your-doctor. Updated January 19, 2018. Accessed October 26, 2018.
What should you ask your health care team about prostate cancer? American Cancer Society website. Available at: https://www.cancer.org/cancer/prostate-cancer/detection-diagnosis-staging/talking-with-doctor.html. Updated March 11, 2016. Accessed October 26, 2018.
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