What To Ask About Prostate Cancer

July 17, 2009 by  
Filed under Prostate Cancer

There is hardly anything that falls into the same category as the wave of feelings that overwhelms a man who has just been told that he has a disease that can kill him. Worse, even if he is not going to die from the disease himself, his life is going to be inexorably changed because more or less all of the treatments that are available for intervention with the condition have life altering side effects that most people are not eagerly looking forward to.

That notwithstanding, a man has to be a man and hold it long enough to do the right thing because life has not ended right there and then. What to ask the doctor about prostate cancer would have to vary with respect to the circumstance. For instance, someone diagnosed with early stage disease may need to ask differently than someone who has a persistently rising PSA level after an initial prostate type of cancer treatment. Some in hormone therapy may also wonder why his PSA levels would be upping instead of going down.

Generally, a lot depends on the status of the patient or the disease in him, so that the first question by far that he should ask should border on establishing the stage of the disease. Early stage disease has different treatment options than a locally advanced prostate cancer, and then a critically advanced form of the condition. That is why a misdiagnosis or over diagnosis of the condition may be every bit as dangerous are the disease itself. It is vital to know what the present condition of the cancer is.

The second generic question for all prostate carcinoma patients at any stage of the disease is “what to do?” In the simplest terms the patient should be inquiring about what treatment options are open to him. There are lots of prostate cancer treatments and remedies, all with various levels of success and their own unique complications. Knowing them in detail and merging the information with what is known about the sufferer is critical. Of course, knowing what the merits and demerits of each intervention go with the territory? all before the decision is made.

It helps to know the prognosis for the treatment but most doctors are often not in too much of a hurry to provide that? guesswork. In any case, if a prostate cancer patient insists on the doctor’s opinion and projection of disease and treatment, they will tell you what you want to know; you do need the information after all, if you are going to go on living your life one way or the other.

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