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Owning Your Story

Treating advanced prostate cancer means you’ll be meeting with your health care team on a regular and ongoing basis – and frequently talking to your doctors. Get to know your doctors and let them get to know you by sharing details of your life and the things that matter to you. Instead of just listing symptoms, share stories from your daily life that will give your health care team a better idea of who you are and how you’re feeling.

Each time you head into the doctor’s office, know the questions you want to ask. By asking questions, you’ll be better informed about your journey and what comes next. Questions you might want to ask your doctors include:

Understanding Prostate Cancer

  • What type of prostate cancer do I have?
  • What is prostate-specific antigen (PSA), and what does it mean?
  • What is a Gleason score, and what does it mean?
  • What is androgen, and what role does it play in prostate cancer?
  • What are the main sources of androgen in the body?
  • Can you help me find disease and therapy information on the Internet from a reliable source?

What You Can Expect

  • Can I still work while I am being treated?
  • Can you help me talk to my family about prostate cancer and treatment?
  • Where should I go for help with my insurance questions?
  • What if I have trouble paying for my treatment?
  • Who is my primary health care contact?
  • Who will be on the health care team and how do I contact them?

Treatment Options

  • How long will treatment last?
  • Where will I get the treatment?
  • What treatment options are available to me? What are the benefits and side effects of each?
  • Which treatment do you recommend?
  • How does the treatment work?
  • What are the chances that my treatment will work?
  • Can I be a candidate for a clinical trial?

Impact of Treatment(s)

  • How will the treatment affect my daily life?
  • How will the treatment make me feel when I wake up in the morning and then during the day as I go about my usual activities?
  • Will I still be able to be active and do physical activities?