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NCCN Guidelines for Patients

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Prostate Cancer, Version 1.2016

8

Making treatment decisions

Its your choice

Letting others decide which option is best may make

you feel more at ease. But, whom do you want to

make the decisions? You may rely on your doctors

alone to make the right decisions. However, your

doctors may not tell you which to choose if you have

multiple good options. You can also have loved

ones help. They can gather information, speak on

your behalf, and share in decision-making with your

doctors. Even if others decide which treatment you

will receive, you still have to agree by signing a

consent form.

On the other hand, you may want to take the lead

or share in decision-making. Most patients do. In

shared decision-making, you and your doctors share

information, weigh the options, and agree on a

treatment plan. Your doctors know the science behind

your plan but you know your concerns and goals. By

working together, you are likely to get a higher quality

of care and be more satisfied. You’ll likely get the

treatment you want, at the place you want, and by the

doctors you want.