Prostate Cancer Doctor

It is important to keep tabs on prostate cancer symptoms to be able to get the right treatment without delay. The symptoms may vary from person to person and may also be caused by other conditions. Hence, the best prostate cancer surgeons suggest routine screenings such as prostate specific androgen (PSA) and digital rectal exams (DRE) tests.

As per the American Cancer Society, men at the age of 50 should visit their doctor and get tested for prostate cancer. Men vulnerable to risk factors for prostate cancer must consult their physician about the best time to start routine screening earlier.

Signs and Symptoms of Prostate Cancer

– Difficulty urinating

– Burning or pain during urination

– Problem starting and stopping while urinating

– Frequent urges to urinate at night

– Decreased flow/ velocity of the urine stream

– Bladder control loss

– Blood in urine

– Difficulty getting an erection

– Blood in semen

– Painful ejaculation

– Swelling in legs or pelvic area

– Bone pain that persists or results in fractures

– Numbness or pain in the feet, hips, or legs

Prostate Cancer Risk and Screening Queries

– What type of screening schedule do you recommend for my case?

– Do I need to make any changes to reduce risk of prostate cancer?

Diagnosis Queries

– What type of prostate cancer do I have? How aggressive is this cancer?

– Can I get a detailed explanation on my laboratory test results?

– What stage is my prostate cancer?

– May I known the Gleason score of my prostate cancer?

Treatment Choices and Side Effects Management Queries

– What experience do you have treating this type of cancer?

– What treatment options do you recommend for my case?

– What clinical trials are recommended for my case?

– Do I need a treatment for my type of prostate cancer? What if  I choose not to start treatment now?

– What kind of treatment plan do you recommend? Why?

– What does each treatment aim at? Can the treatment eliminate the cancer completely? Will it make me feel better?

– What are the possible side effects of each treatment (long and short term)?

– Who all will be part of my health care team? What responsibility does each member have?

– Who will lead my treatment?

– Will this treatment affect my daily life? How? Can I work, exercise, and perform my daily activities?

– Will the treatment procedure make it difficult to control my bladder or bowel function?

– Will the treatment affect my sex life? For how long will it affect?

– Will the treatment affect my ability to have children naturally? If yes, can I discuss this with fertility specialist prior to cancer treatment begins? Will it help to consider sperm banking?

– I am worried about managing the costs of this cancer treatment. How can I get help?

– What kind of support services is available to me and my family?

Surgery Queries

– What type of surgery do you recommend for my case? Will you remove lymph nodes?

– How long will the surgery take?

– For how long do I need to be in the hospital?

– What will the recovery from surgery be like?

– What long-term effects can I expect from this surgery?

Radiation Therapy Queries

– What type of treatment do you recommend for my case?

– Where will the radiation be actually focused?

– What does the treatment aim at?

– How long will the treatment take?

– What are the side effects of treatment?

– What are the long-term effects of this treatment?

– How can the side effects be relieved?

Chemotherapy or Immunotherapy Queries

– What type of treatment is recommended for my case?

– What is the goal of this treatment?

– What is the procedure of this treatment?

– What is the exact time period of this treatment?

– What are the side effects of this treatment?

– What are the long-term effects of this treatment?

– How can I relieve the side effects?

ADT Treatment Queries

– What type of ADT do you recommend for my case?

– What does ADT treatment aim at?

– What is the procedure for ADT treatment?

– What is the exact time period I need to continue this treatment?

– What are the side effects during treatment?

– How can I get relief from side effects?

– Are there chances that the cancer will bounce back? What specific signs or symptoms should I watch for?

– Can I have a list of long-term / short term or late side effects based on the treatment I received?

Follow Up Queries

– Do I need some follow-up tests? What are they and how often will I need them?

– Will I get a detailed treatment summary and survivorship care plan to store in my personal records?

– Can I know who will lead my follow-up care?

– What kind of survivorship support services is available to me and my family?

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