If your doctor suspects you may have prostate cancer, screening or additional tests performed by a urologist may be recommended to confirm a diagnosis. If the disease is detected, patients are encouraged to educate themselves on all of the treatment options available for their specific case. Seeking a second opinion from a radiation oncologist, conducting research and asking questions can help patients make informed decisions regarding their treatment.
In observance of Men’s Health Week, Reno CyberKnife is highlighting a few suggested questions from the Prostate Cancer Foundation to consider asking your urologist if you’ve been diagnosed with prostate cancer.
- What other treatments could I be a candidate for? Your doctor may recommend one or a combination of treatments for your specific case.
- What are the potential side effects of each treatment? Understand the risks and side effects of each treatment and how they may impact your lifestyle. Ask your doctor if you can expect problems with incontinence, impotence or urinary or bowel dysfunction.
- What variables could impact which treatments are available to me? Factors such as your medical and family history, current health, diagnosis and personal needs could impact which treatments are recommended.
- What are the advantages of one treatment over another? When presented with options or recommendations for your specific case, ask about the benefits of each treatment to make an educated comparison.
- How can I stay healthy and improve the success of my treatment? Ask your doctor about any dietary changes or available clinical trials that could support your primary treatment.
Scheduling a consultation with a radiation oncologist can be particularly valuable given their expert knowledge in the field of cancer treatment. If you have been diagnosed with prostate cancer or are seeking a second opinion, contact Reno CyberKnife to speak with one of our experienced staff members.
This is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and judgment of your health care team. It is intended to help you and your family make informed decisions, together with your doctor.