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How to get the most out of your prostate cancer consultation
Basir U Tareen, MD posted:
Here are a few tips to get the most out of your prostate cancer surgical or radiation oncology consultation:

1. Have extra copies of all your records (biopsy reports, office notes, etdc.)

2. Have copies of any films (bone scans, MRI, CT) -- note -- you should have not only a copy of the report but also the images on either a CD or hard copy. Many times a surgeon or rad onc may want to review the films w/ a radiologist, so its wise to burn a few extra copy of the CD.

3. Bring a family member. Its always helpful to have an extra set of ears to listen and also help ask questions.

4. Don't be afraid to ask a surgeon or rad onc about his/her experience and comfort with a certain type of treatment. Are they more comfortable doing open or robotic surgery, etc?

5. Write down pertinent questions so you won't forget to ask.

6. Don't be scared to tell your doctor that you are getting second opinions. We often expect this and are not offended. I actually find it helpful for patients to get a different perspective since every doctor approaches things slightly differently.

Best of luck,
Basir Tareen, MD
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