Being fully informed will help you make the best decision for you about Active Surveillance. Ask your urologist to explain what is involved, the benefits, the risks and why it is a good option for you.
Support and information can also be obtained from your GP or our Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurses. To connect with a Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse via phone or face-to-face, contact our Telenursing team on 1800 22 00 99.
It can also be very helpful to discuss treatment options with your partner or a family member and take them along to your appointments.
Here are some questions you can ask your urologist or members of your healthcare team about Active Surveillance.
- What do the tests tell us about my cancer?
- How do you know it hasn’t spread?
- What would happen if I don’t start treatment straight away?
- 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 deciding?
- What is the risk that my cancer will progress and become more harmful?
- What are the risks of delaying treatment?
- How will Active Surveillance affect me daily?
- How often will I need to have PSA tests, MRI and/or a biopsy?
- What are the costs involved with Active Surveillance?
- How long will I be on Active Surveillance?
- What happens if my cancer starts to grow?
- How likely is it that I will need active treatment in the future?
More information on different treatment options can be found in Prostate cancer – a guide for newly-diagnosed men.