Making a treatment decision
In making your decision, your doctor and nurse will support and advise you. It’s important to ask your doctor and nurse as many questions as you like, no matter how small or trivial you think they are. All questions are important.
Things to think about when deciding are:
- How do I feel about monitoring my prostate cancer?
- How long does the treatment take?
- How do I feel about staying in hospital?
- What is the recovery period for each treatment?
- What are the side-effects of each treatment?
- How will those side-effects change my daily life?
- How many times will I need to visit the hospital?
- How far will I have to travel to the hospital for treatment?
- How long will I need to take off work?
- Know your results and write down your PSA and Gleason score and the stage of your cancer
- List each of the options that are available to you
- Write down what you like and don’t like about each option
- Ask your self how important these points are to you (individually) and to your family.
- Write down what is the most important goal for your treatment
- Talk to other men who have received these treatments and hear their experiences and how they managed the side-effects