To gain a better understanding of your prostate gland, it is important to talk to your doctor. As well as the information contained in this booklet, the following questions will help you discuss your personal needs and what you may need to do. These are not the only questions to ask, but they may help you think of others that are relevant to you.

  • Members of my family have had prostate cancer. Given my age, should I be tested?
  • What are the tests you are going to do?
  • Why these ones?
  • How reliable are the tests?
  • What are the costs of doing the tests?
  • What do I need to do before doing the tests? Is there anything I shouldn’t do?
  • How long do I have to wait for my results?
  • What do the test results tell me?
  • What are the consequences of a positive test?
  • Do I need to have more tests?
  • When should I have my next prostate check?
  • Do I need to see a specialist? What will that cost?
  • Are there any diet or lifestyle changes should I make?
  • Are there information materials (printed or websites) you would recommend for me to read?

If I have prostate cancer, what are the treatment options? Do I have to start treatment straight away or can I wait?