Being a Caregiver
A prostate cancer diagnosis can be devastating for you and your family, but you have options. At this confusing time, you may have questions about how to help your loved one on his prostate cancer journey.
Supporting a loved one with Prostate Cancer: What can you do?
How to prepare for your doctor’s appointment
Attending doctors’ appointments can be scary and you may feel overwhelmed with information. It is important to gather as much insight as you can about his cancer. If you are attending a doctor’s appointment with a loved one, here are questions to ask his doctor. These questions can help you both begin making decisions about his prostate cancer.
- What is his Gleason score?
- Has his cancer spread?
- How aggressive is his cancer?
- What is his risk group?
- Is Prolaris right for him?
- What is the best treatment based on his risk group and stage?
- What are side effects associated with treatment options?
- Are his children or other family members at risk?
Prolaris makes your treatment decisions easier
Men with prostate cancer have many treatment options, including:
Chemotherapy & New Therapy
These treatments may also be used alone or in combination with one another. The doctor should be able to describe the treatment choices, the expected results and the possible side effects of each treatment. You, your loved one, and his doctor should work together to develop a treatment plan. Before treatment starts, ask your doctor about possible side effects and how treatment may change your normal activities.