Being told that you have got cancer can be a life changing event. Your emotions may vary from despair, fear, anger and denial. The first reaction is "Why me?" It may be difficult to focus on the many decisions you have to make about which treatment to undergo and when to begin that process. However, any reluctance in dealing with the disease should be banished: you need to remain positive. Most importantly, you have to ask your Consultant the relevant questions. Where possible, we suggest that you take your partner, a family member or a friend with you when you go for a consultation, as it will not be easy to remember everything that is said. Here is a list of useful questions to ask:
• What stage is my cancer?
• Is it fast or slow growing?
• What is my Gleason score?
• How can you tell if it is confined to my prostate and what does this mean?
• What further tests do you advise and when will they happen?
• How long will I have to wait for the results and who sends them to me?
• Will you tell me what the results mean?
• Who will be the doctor in charge of my case or is there a team?
• What treatment options are available for my type of cancer?
• What are the benefits and possible side effects from the treatment you would recommend?
• How long have you been practising this form of treatment, with which results?
• How can the Clinical Nurse Specialist help me?
• How will I know if the treatment has been successful?
• What happens if I decide not to have any treatment?
• Are there any local patient prostate cancer support groups?
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