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Are you facing the possibility of prostate surgery? What questions do you have? What questions have you asked your physician and/or surgeon? What questions should you ask? What is the best treatment for you and your cancer? Before deciding on prostate surgery or another form of treatment, there are most likely many questions you will need answered. You should also discuss in depth the information you gather with your spouse. In this article, we will address these questions, and you can decide if you need to ask more questions or not.

You have just been told by your Urologist that your biopsy has come back positive for cancer. Most likely, he or she will have informed you about the three most common therapies or treatments for prostate cancer. These are a radical prostatectomy, radiation seeds, or chemotherapy. Each treatment has its risks and benefits. As far as the outcomes of treatment go (taking care of the cancer), each is roughly equal to the others. However, each has its own side effects. Before prostate surgery, chemo, or radiation, in conversations with your spouse and surgeon, you will decide on what you feel is the best treatment course for you.

So, what questions are you asking, or should you be asking? First, since each treatment will generally take care of the cancer, what are the risks or side effects of each? There are a number of websites you can access to learn about the risks of the different treatments. Read each carefully. Try to learn what each is not saying, or is not emphasizing. One of the common side effects of all the treatments is erectile dysfunction. As I reflect on what I saw on the different websites, this particular side effect was mentioned and then left. Since this is a rather obvious, and potentially devastating, side effect, I realize that this was an area I should have asked many more questions about. Maybe, you should too.

Concerning the other side effects of each of the treatments, what questions have you asked? Have you asked about their frequency of occurrence, or the intensity or severity of the side effects and how long they might last? Are you talking with your spouse about possible side effects and the potential impacts they might have on your relationship? If a side effect is debilitating, how will you deal with it as individuals and as a couple? Again, hindsight is 20/20, and I find that I did not engage my wife in discussing most of these questions before my prostate surgery. And, in some cases, I find we didn't take much time in discussing the side-effects of the choice I made for us

So based on my experience, before prostate surgery, or any other procedure, you need to take the time to ask more questions and discuss your findings with both your spouse and urologist. The better informed both you and your spouse are before prostate surgery or treatment, the better prepared you will be for your outcome and recovery.


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Ronald - Good article. Please consider writing an article on what you experienced leading up to the diagnosis. Symptoms, signals, etc. Or, the lack thereof. Darryl K. Henderson, J.D.

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