Men’s Guide to Prostate Changes, Part 5: Doctor Dialogue


Based on the “Understanding Prostate Changes: A Health Guide for Men page of the National Cancer Institute website


Edited (with Introduction) by Dr. Don Rose, Writer, Life Alert



This article discusses many prostate-related topics, ranging from the basics (what it is) to information about prostate changes that happen with age (common changes, how they are treated, and what one needs to know about testing for prostate changes, including cancer). Since negative changes become more likely the older we get, this information is especially relevant for senior citizens. (The article is broken up into five segments. This is part 5.) --Dr. Don Rose


Talking to Your Doctor

Different kinds of doctors and other health care professionals manage prostate health. They can help you find the best care, answer your questions, and address your concerns. These health care professionals include:

·                  Family doctors and internists

·                  Physician assistants (PAs) and nurse practitioners (NPs)

·                  Urologists, who are experts in diseases of the male reproductive and urinary tract systems

·                  Urologic oncologists, who are experts in treating cancers of the male urinary and reproductive systems such as prostate cancer

·                  Radiation oncologists, who use radiation therapy to kill cancer cells

·                  Medical oncologists, who treat cancers with medications such as hormone treatments and chemotherapy

·                  Pathologists, who are doctors who find diseases by studying cells and tissues under a microscope.

View these professionals as your partners -- expert advisors and helpers in your health care. Talking openly with your doctors can help you learn more about your prostate changes and the tests to expect.

Checklist of questions for your physician

          What type of prostate problem do I have?

          Is more testing needed and what will it tell me?

          If I decide on “watchful waiting”, what changes in my symptoms

               should I look for and how often should I be tested?

          What type of treatment do you recommend for my prostate problem?

          For men like me, has this treatment worked?

          How soon would I need to start treatment and how long would it last?

          Do I need medicine?

               How long would I need to take it before seeing improvement in my symptoms?

          What are the side effects of the medicine?

          Are there other medicines that could interfere with this medication?

          If I need surgery, what are the benefits and risks?

          Would I have any side effects from surgery that could affect my quality of life?

          Are these side effects temporary or permanent?

          How long is recovery time after surgery?

          Will I be able to fully return to normal?

          How will this affect my sex life?

          How often should I visit the doctor to monitor my condition?


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This article is based on the webpage “Understanding Prostate Changes: A Health Guide for Men -- part of the National Cancer Institute website. The information provided here is, to the best of our knowledge, reliable and accurate. However, while Life Alert always strives to provide true, precise and consistent information, we cannot guarantee 100 percent accuracy. Readers are encouraged to review the original article, and use any resource links provided to gather more information before drawing conclusions and making decisions.

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