Fourth Step

Now that you have received the results of the prostate biopsy, you can more intelligently research your treatment options. There are risks associated with each treatment and the outcome statistics and long term side affects vary dramatically. Some things to consider:

1. Evaluate your cancer status, ie. extent and aggressiveness
2. Determine if you and your doctor have an accurate map of the extent of the cancer
3. Decide if you want a second opinion on your cancer status
4. Research the treatment options available for your situation
5. Understand the risks and benefits associated with each form of treatment

Do the research. Take your time to make an intelligent decision. This is one of the most important decisions you may make in your lifetime. Consider the following:

1. There is no guarantee the cancer will be fully eradicated after any treatment
2. There is no guarantee that the cancer will not return in the future
3. There is no undoing the treatment or restoring lost functions once performed.
4. Understand which treatments can be performed a second time if the cancer returns.
5. Understand which treatments even allow alternative follow up treatments due to the extensive damage done
6. Understand what alternative followup treatment options are available if necessary
7. Research each treatment plan carefully to understand statistical risks for each side affect and loss of function
8. Fully understand each treatment plan with respect to the risk of incontinence and how this will affect your quality of life- forever
9. Your choice of doctor will heavily influence the success rate of your treatment