Being told you have prostate cancer can be scary, and you may have many questions. But you have people on your health care team to help.
Coping with fear
It’s normal to feel afraid. Learning about your cancer and about the treatment options you have can make you feel less afraid. This also helps you work with your health care team and make the best choices for your treatment. You can also ask to speak with a counselor.
Working with your health care team
Your health care team will likely include:
Oncologist. This is a health care provider who specializes in treating cancer.
Urologist. This is a health care provider who treats diseases of organs of the urinary system, including the prostate.
Medical oncologist. This is a health care provider who specializes in treating cancer with medicines.
Radiation oncologist. This is a health care provider who specializes in treating cancer with radiation.
They will answer any questions you may have. They’ll help you through each of the steps you’ll take before, during, and after treatment. Your team will let you know what tests you need and the results of those tests. They’ll guide you in making treatment decisions and help prepare you and your loved ones for what’s ahead.
Learning about treatment options
To decide the best course of treatment for you, your health care team needs to know as much as they can about your cancer. This may involve getting some tests and working with more than one health care provider. And you may decide that you want to get a second opinion to help you choose a treatment.
If treatment is needed for prostate cancer, it usually begins a few weeks to months after a diagnosis. This gives you time to get all the details your health care provider needs by having more tests. You also have time to talk with your health care providers about treatment choices, get a second opinion, decide about treatment, and prepare yourself and your loved ones.
Coping with cancer can be very stressful. Talk with your health care team about seeing a counselor. They can refer you to someone who can help. You can also visit support groups to talk with other people coping with cancer. Ask your health care team about local support groups.