Prostate Cancer: Questions to Ask Your Urologist

The American Cancer Society estimates more than 174,650 new cases of prostate cancer in 2019. If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of prostate cancer, your physician may recommend screening or additional tests to confirm a diagnosis. Most often a urologist performs the tests and may present initial treatment options if the disease is detected. Seeking thorough information about the treatments available for your diagnosis is an important step in the decision-making process.

Asking questions and gaining a better understanding of your options will help you to make an informed decision best suited to your diagnosis and lifestyle. Below are 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? Learn about the various risks and side effects associated with each treatment that may impact your daily routine. 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 given options or recommendations for your specific case, be sure to ask about the benefits of one treatment over another to make a well-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 treatment plan.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and would like to learn more about noninvasive CyberKnife® treatment, call Oklahoma CyberKnife at (918) 949-6676 or email our patient coordinator here. Our radiation oncologists will work directly with your urologist to assess your diagnosis and determine if CyberKnife could be an option for you.

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.