Dr. Melman, who is chair of the department of urology at The Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center, offers help and guidance to the patient and his family in his new book, After Prostate Cancer: A What-Comes-Next Guide to a Safe and Informed Recovery. "Above all, ask questions and take time to decide which treatment is best for you," he adds.
If your spouse, mate or family member has just received a diagnosis of prostate cancer, share these important tips with him so you can go through it together.
Bring a loved one to every appointment so you can go through this together.
Try to do some reading about the disease before you go to the meeting with your doctor. This is a good time to start doing your own research with books or by going online to:
After that meeting, take a break for a few weeks to collect your thoughts. Continue to learn more about the disease, treatment options and how to cope with the diagnosis and treatments.
Talk to loved ones about your fears and discuss the questions you might have.
Discuss your medical health with your family doctor to help decide on choice of treatment.
Do not rely solely on other people who had the disease to help you decide on therapy. Their disease and individual problems may not be equivalent your situation.
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