Once a person has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, he has to make a decision as to the kind of treatment (or no treatment) to have. Surgery? External Beam Radiation? Androgen Deprivation? Brachytherapy? Active Surveillance?
Each of these treatment modes is considered to be state of the art and effective. However, no two prostate cancer cases are exactly the same. Each of us varies depending on our age, health condition, type and stage of cancer.
Before you attempt to decide, make sure that your understand the basic elements related to your condition. Why? Because the characteristics of your condition may indicate that one form of treatment is better than another for you.
Use this document to check your readiness to make a decision. Checklist Prior to Treatment Decision copy
And, if you find one or more elements of your condition that you are not sure about. Be sure to take the time and find out more. It could make a big difference in the overall effectiveness of the treatment you select.