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  • Brent 18 October 2017
    I’ve been diagnosed with prostate cancer, should I get a second opinion?

    That really depends how comfortable you are with your treating specialist and the advice you've been given. There is definitely an education process with any diagnosis. If you feel you don't understand, or haven't been given enough information, then talk to your specialist and/or GP. If you are still not satisfied, there is nothing wrong with getting a second opinion. Most specialists would be happy to even recommend someone for you to see.
    Dr Nader Awad
  • Brent 18 October 2017
    Prostate Cancer is in my family – when should I start testing?

    That really depends how comfortable you are with your treating specialist and the advice you've been given. There is definitely an education process with any diagnosis. If you feel you don't understand, or haven't been given enough information, then talk to your specialist and/or GP. If you are still not satisfied, there is nothing wrong with getting a second opinion. Most specialists would be happy to even recommend someone for you to see.
    Dr Nader Awad
  • Brent 18 October 2017
    I’ve been diagnosed with prostate cancer – what now?

    Wow. That is a big question. The process starts by becoming informed. It is important to remember that prostate cancer is a very diverse disease, ie not everyone's cancer is the same. Also, we are all individuals, and the type of treatment can vary because of this too. There is no "one size fits all". It starts by finding out the type of prostate cancer you have and what stage it is at. Your urologist will give you this information. There is then some excellent reading material put out by the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) and the Cancer Council. Some prostate cancers can be watched/observed. Others need to be treated. If you need treatment, then there are almost always options, ie surgery or radiotherapy. It is often useful to speak to the different types of doctors and get their opinions on the suitability of their treatment option for YOUR specific cancer, and YOU. It can also help to visit this site and talk to men who have gone through the process and treatment and canvass their views
    Dr Nader Awad
  • Sharnie 18 October 2017
    If PSA levels are normal but my symptoms of urgency and poor flow continue what should I do next?

    Hi Sharnie. Sorry for the delay in responding. Early prostate cancer rarely has any urinary symptoms. The symptoms often come from the benign (non-cancerous) prostate growth. You should see your GP to start with.
    Dr Nader Awad