It’s normal to feel anxious and overwhelmed after receiving a prostate cancer diagnosis. You’re suddenly facing some unexpected choices and an unknown outcome. And you’re certain to have a lot of questions.
“The first thing to do is take a step back and gather all the information,” says Radiation Oncologist David Fryefield. “You don’t need to have surgery tomorrow. You don’t need to start radiation tomorrow. You need to find out what your options are and choose the one that’s going to be best for you.”
There are three main treatment options for prostate cancer: surgery, radiation and active surveillance.
Prostate cancer is a slow-growing cancer. If detected early, immediate treatment may be unnecessary. Depending on your situation, active surveillance could be the best choice.
Learn the facts, know your options, and get a second opinion. You are your best advocate and you should feel comfortable with your treatment decision.