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Questions to ask a physician

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When first diagnosed with prostate cancer, a man’s mind is swarming with scattered thoughts and emotions, making it difficult to focus and narrow down the questions to ask a physician. Many doctors won’t openly give answers to the most important questions without being asked. A man owes it to himself to understand his cancer and treatment options better through personal research. He should arm himself with comprehensive data and research to make an informed decision that works best for him. Here are some questions to consider asking a physician about prostate cancer that can help form a path for the journey ahead.

1. How many men with prostate cancer have you personally treated?

Of course a man recently diagnosed wants the most advanced technologies, but it is important to have the most experienced doctors in their field. At RCOG, our doctors all have over 10 years of experience and have treated more than 16,000 men with prostate cancer. After the rigorous decade of education and training uniformly required of all physicians, ProstRcision physicians undergo an additional year of surgical experience and procedural instruction before they are able to perform ProstRcision treatment on their own.

2. Do you have a digital database of all the men you’ve treated?

Having access to valuable data of previous prostate cancer patients provides a valuable resource to physicians and patients seeking treatment. RCOG has a computerized prostate cancer database with medical information from more than 16,000 men we have treated over the past 30 years. From pre-treatment information like biopsy reports including Gleason scores, PSA, disease stage, etc. to radiation doses and after-treatment follow ups, the database allows us to analyze a man’s particular case of cancer and calculate the chance of cure. The value of this database cannot be reiterated enough, as it is the key to the RCOG cancer program.

3. What are the risks and benefits of each treatment for prostate cancer?

Different physicians will give different answers to this question, so it’s important to get second and third opinions. Consider consulting both a urologist and radiation oncologist. It could also be helpful to search “prostate cancer treatment” online, read medical research papers from peer-reviewed medical journals and speak with contacts who have been treated for prostate cancer.

4. Will my age, general health, stage of prostate cancer and/or other medical conditions limit my treatment choices?

Choosing a treatment option for prostate cancer is up to the individual. Different treatment options fail or succeed for different men. It is important to find a physician who looks to a patient as an individual, not one of many. Most doctors simply recommend the treatment they perform. Because of this, a man needs to know how to ask the hard questions directed at doctors.

At ProstRcision, we want to empower a man with all the knowledge and answers needed to make an informed treatment decision based on cure rates for an individual case of cancer.