This doesn’t make any sense, right? The logical thing to do here is to defeat the cancer before it spreads but it is important to remember that there are other factors that come into play when your doctor decides your treatment plan. What is your doctor thinking about?
If you are healthy and the prostate cancer isn’t advanced then the doctor will most likely not wait. If there are any other health conditions that may obstruct the treatment plan from working, like age, stage of the cancer, etc, then the doctor may choose to wait.
“You may feel that you must make a decision quickly, but it’s important to give yourself time to absorb the information that you have just learned. You many also want to get a second opinion” as said by the American Cancer Society.
With something as important as your health, and the possibility of human and machine errors, getting a second opinion is a goood next step. It is also equally important to weigh all of your options. Will chemotherapy work best for you or will alternative methods be better? Genetic testing might help you to decide which methods will respond better in your body and lessen the chance of adverse effects during treatment.
Whether you choose to get treatment or no treatment at all, it is important to weigh all of your options, digest the information, and use all of the resources available to you to make the decision.
Stay tuned for the next batch of prostate myths, exposed.