• I’ve been diagnosed with prostate cancer. What questions should I ask my doctor?

    To make the most of your consultation time with health professionals, it is important to be prepared. Think about and note down the questions you want to ask. This way, you will leave the appointment with the information you want.

    The following are some examples of questions you might want to ask your doctor, but there could be others that are more relevant to you.

    What do the tests tell us about my cancer?

    How do you know it hasn’t spread? Can this cancer be cured?

    What can I expect after I start treatment?

    What would happen if I don’t start treatment straight away?

    Can you refer me to other health professionals to help me deal with my diagnosis and any side effects?

    What are my options for treatment?

    What are the pros and cons of each option in my case?

    Are there other factors I need to consider before making a decision?

    What is your own experience with this particular form of treatment?

    How many of these procedures have you performed before?

    What are the risks of the treatment?

    How long will I be in hospital?

    What will be my out of pocket costs?

    What lifestyle changes should I be making?

    Source: Reproduced from pcfa.org.au with minor modifications and with the kind permission of the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.

  • Who else can I talk to?

    The prostate cancer specialist nurse (PCSN) at the Prostate Care Centre works with your doctors and others involved in your care. She is available to help you and your family deal with the emotional aspects of a cancer diagnosis and to navigate through all the information about your diagnosis and treatment plan. This is whether you are newly diagnosed or have already had some treatment.

    Consultation with the PCSN is free of charge and available to all men diagnosed with prostate cancer who live in the Joondalup or Wanneroo shires or who are under the care of a specialist at Shenton House or Joondalup Health Campus.

    You do not have to be a patient at Shenton House to see the prostate cancer specialist nurse.

    The PCSN can assist by:

    • Being an ongoing point of contact and support
    • Helping you to cope with and understand your diagnosis and treatment options
    • Helping you to access services, both in the hospital and in your community, during and after treatment
    • Providing you with reliable information
    • Providing you with information on dealing with the effects of treatment and how to get further help to deal with specific problems you may be having
    • Coordinating your care – wherever you are in your cancer journey
    • Helping you access a support group

    The PCSN has a wealth of knowledge and experience and can also assist with questions about:

    • Your feelings
    • Your relationships
    • Symptoms from your cancer or side effects from treatment

    Often men find it difficult to ask for help. However, it is important to remember that asking for and accepting help is actually a sign of strength.

    Source: Reproduced from pcfa.org.au with minor modifications and with the kind permission of the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.

Whether it’s for diagnosis or treatment, patients attending the PCC are treated as individuals by a team of specialist doctors and allied health professionals with complimentary skill sets who really do care. It’s a true multidisciplinary approach.

It’s what makes the PCC different.