What to Expect After a Prostate Cancer Diagnosis
Assistance and support during your treatment and recovery
It’s normal to feel some anxiety after getting a diagnosis of prostate cancer. But you can feel reassured because the majority of older men diagnosed with the disease are likely to have low-grade cancer that does not require treatment. For those who do need treatment, our prostate cancer team will be here as you make decisions, receive treatment, and recover.
Specialists from a wide range of medical disciplines will use their skills and expertise to treat and manage your health needs. Our pathologists, surgeons, urologists, and oncologists will provide the best possible care. In addition, specialized nurses and supporting staff will be part of the team.
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Deciding the best course of action for treating prostate cancer and managing your unique needs requires knowledge and experience. In most cases, the treatment approach is simply active surveillance – closely watching the symptoms and having periodic screening tests done.
In other cases, our experts will have an opportunity to discuss your case during our tumor board meetings. They will share their insights as they develop a treatment plan, manage your care, and help you to recover. Our tumor board includes specialists from several medical fields.
- Medical oncology
- Radiation oncology
- Clinical trials
- Nurse navigators
- Fertility preservation
- Social workers and other supportive oncology specialists
After preparing your treatment plan, our nurse coordinators will help arrange all your necessary appointments. As you deal with prostate cancer, addressing your emotional needs will be important. We offer a variety of support services to help decrease anxiety and stress before and after surgery.
What to expect at your first clinic appointment
We realize that preparing for your first visit may raise questions or concerns. To feel comfortable and well prepared, we ask that you bring:
- Medical records and images related to your prostate cancer diagnosis on CD, DVD, or other media, if you are new patient to Henry Ford
- Directions for driving and parking
- Sweater and comfortable clothing
- Snacks and drinks (Places to eat are available on our campus.)
- Magazines or a book to read
- Cell phone, mobile device, or laptop (Free wireless service is available.)
Preparing for surgery
Some treatment plans for prostate cancer involve surgery. We are committed to providing excellent surgical care and follow-up services. Our team will communicate with you and support you through every step of your surgery preparation, recovery, and follow-up care.
You will receive verbal and printed instructions about any blood tests or X-rays that may be required before surgery. Depending on your medical needs, your urologist may order antibiotics or anti-anxiety medications. If you have concerns about anesthesia, you may request to speak to the anesthesiologist before the day of your surgery.
On the day before your surgery, a member of our team will contact you to ask questions and confirm the time you should arrive at the hospital.
The day of your surgery
When you arrive at the hospital on the day of your surgery, you will be taken to the pre-operative area for preparation. You will meet with the anesthesiologist, an anesthesiology resident, or a certified registered nurse anesthetist.
They will ask you questions about your medical and surgical history, previous experiences with anesthesia, side effects, allergies to medication, your current medical condition, and the surgical procedure you will be having.
Finally, an anesthesiology team member will explain the anesthesia to you and your family, and you will be ready for surgery.
After surgery, you will be monitored for one or two hours in a recovery room. Depending on your surgery, you may be transferred to a hospital room for a few hours or a longer stay. A member of our anesthesiology team will manage your pain while you are in the hospital.
Your physician will prescribe pain medication and provide verbal and printed instructions for your care and comfort at home. A staff member will schedule your post-surgery follow-up appointment. Also, you will also be given contact information if you need to speak to a doctor or nurse. In addition, the nurse navigator who leads the cancer survivor clinic will discuss ways to have a healthier lifestyle and manage some of the issues and side effects associated with treatment for prostate cancer