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.
90 It’s your choice
92 Questions to ask your doctors
96 Weighing your options