It is important to understand all of your options before making any decision about your prostate cancer care. You and your doctor have a lot to consider before choosing a treatment plan that is right for you.
Not all cancers are the same. If you have a positive biopsy ,your doctor will discuss with you what it means for your risk group (in other words, how aggressive is your cancer?). Your treatment options will be determined together with your doctor and will be informed by many factors such as your risk group, overall health, age, PSA and findings from your biopsy.
In general terms it will be important for you to determine with your doctor the risk and benefits of your treatment options. These may include:
- Active surveillance with close PSA monitoring
- Radiation Therapy
With so many treatment options to consider, you should take the time to make sure you and your loved ones are as informed as possible. Understand your risk and your options. For many men, Decipher can help play a role better understanding your individual risk and in informing your treatment decisions after biopsy.
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After prostate surgery, most men will have a good prognosis. For others, there are certain clinical or pathology features that mean secondary treatment should be considered. In these situations, Decipher is very valuable. Your physician’s treatment plan may be based on a number of factors such as your level of risk, your personal circumstances, and your own desires for additional therapy based on risks and benefits.
In general terms it will be important for you to determine with your doctor several key factors that may affect treatment options. These include:
- How aggressive is my cancer?
- What are the chances we missed some of the cancer?
- What are the chances the cancer comes back?
- How do you know if we should treat aggressively or not?
- How will additional treatment change my outcome?
- What are the risks and benefits of undergoing additional therapy?