NCCN Guidelines for Patients® | Prostate Cancer - page 73

NCCN Guidelines for Patients
: Prostate Cancer
Version 1.2014
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Part 8: Making treatment decisions
• What are the risks of each option? What are possible complications? What are
the rare and common side effects? Short-lived and long-lasting side effects?
Serious or mild side effects? Other risks?
What does each option require of me?
Many patients consider how each option will practically affect their lives. This
information may be important because you have family, jobs, and other duties to
take care of. You also may be concerned about getting the help you need. If you
have more than one option, choosing the option that is the least taxing may be
important to you:
• Will I have to go to the hospital or elsewhere? How often? How long is each
• How do I prepare for treatment?
• Should I bring someone with me when I get treated?
• Will the treatment hurt?
• How much will the treatment cost me? What does my insurance cover?
• Is home care after treatment needed? If yes, what type?
• How soon will I be able to manage my own health?
• When will I be able to return to my normal activities?
What is your experience?
More and more research is finding that patients treated by more experienced
doctors have better results. It is important to learn if a doctor is an expert in the
cancer treatment he or she is offering.
• Are you board certified? If yes, in what area?
• How many patients like me have you treated?
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