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NCCN Guidelines for Patients


Prostate Cancer, Version 1.2016

Having cancer is very stressful.

While absorbing the fact that you

have cancer, you have to learn about

tests and treatments. In addition, the

time you have to accept a treatment

plan feels short. Parts 1 through 7

described the cancer and the test and

treatment options recommended by

NCCN experts. These options are

based on science and agreement

among NCCN experts. Part 8 aims

to help you make decisions that are

in line with your beliefs, wishes, and


It’s your choice

The role patients want in choosing their treatment

differs. You may feel uneasy about making treatment

decisions. This may be due to a high level of stress.

It may be hard to hear or know what others are

saying. Stress, pain, and drugs can limit your ability to

make good decisions. You may feel uneasy because

you don’t know much about cancer. You’ve never

heard the words used to describe cancer, tests,

or treatments. Likewise, you may think that your

judgment isn’t any better than your doctors’.

Your doctors will give you the information you need

to make an informed choice. In early-stage disease,

there are often multiple good options. It is good news

to have multiple options.


Making treatment


90 It’s your choice

92 Questions to ask your doctors

96 Weighing your options

97 Websites

98 Review