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NCCN Guidelines for Patients


Prostate Cancer, Version 1.2016


Making treatment decisions

Questions to ask your doctor

What are my options?

There is no single treatment practice that is best for all men. There is often more than one treatment

option along with clinical trial options. Your doctor will review your test results and recommend

treatment options.

1. What will happen if I do nothing?

2. Can I just carefully monitor the cancer?

3. Do you consult NCCN recommendations when considering options?

4. Are you suggesting options other than what NCCN recommends? If yes, why?

5. How do my age, health, and other factors affect my options?

6. Which option is proven to work best?

7. Which options lack scientific proof?

8. What are the benefits of each option? Does any option offer a cure? Are my chances any better

for one option than another? Which option spares the most healthy tissue? Is any option less

invasive? Less time-consuming? Less expensive?

9. 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?