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Fear of Making the Wrong Decision: Finding the Appropriate Prostate Cancer Treatment for You

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Published on February 11, 2019

How can prostate cancer patients who are weighing the risks, benefits and side effects of multiple treatment options feel confident in their choice? Prostate cancer experts Brenda Martone and Catherine Cassingham, both from Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, discuss the treatment decision-making process and explain how a healthcare team can help manage fear, anxiety or insecurity. Watch now to find out more.

This is a Patient Empowerment Network program produced by Patient Power in partnership with Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University. We thank Astellas, Clovis Oncology and Pfizer for their support. These organizations have no editorial control. Patient Power is solely responsible for program content.

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Transcript | Fear of Making the Wrong Decision: Finding the Appropriate Prostate Cancer Treatment for You

Please remember the opinions expressed on Patient Power are not necessarily the views of our sponsors, contributors, partners or Patient Power. Our discussions are not a substitute for seeking medical advice or care from your own doctor. That's how you’ll get care that's most appropriate for you.

Please remember the opinions expressed on Patient Power are not necessarily the views of our sponsors, contributors, partners or Patient Power. Our discussions are not a substitute for seeking medical advice or care from your own doctor. That’s how you’ll get care that’s most appropriate for you.

Andrew Schorr:

We talked about the decision-making that Dr. Hussain was talking about, whether it’s with your clinic or with the urology clinic, if it’s related to surgery, people are afraid of being wrong. Oh, my God, did I make the wrong decision? And you’re worried aboutthat. Are therewrong decisions, or it’s just based on the best evidence and what the patient feels is right?

Brenda Martone:         

It’s definitely based on the best evidence, and there really isn’t a wrong answer, especially when Dr. Hussain and I are counseling patients or talking about treatment options. We definitely present the options that are appropriate, and we often tell our patients that we’re giving you options, because they’re all appropriate for you and equivocal, and we just have to match the right option for you and what you feel the most comfortable and confident doing.

Andrew Schorr:          

Okay, and that’s what we’re gonna do. That’s the last thing I wanted to ask you about, is, Catherine, again, people fear being wrong, or have they made their situation worse, have they made a misstep, and what do you tell people there?

Catherine Cassingham:           

Right, well, typically, we talk about, do you trust your doctor, and usually the answer is, yes, and so, do you trust your doctor that they’re giving you all of the information, and once you have all of that information, we just kind of work through what seems like it’s going to fit best with your life and still kind of keeping apart of you. 

I love what Gary said about wearing a t-shirt and boxers, that that’s very much your personality, and to find a treatment option that will fit best with the decisions and how you live your life normally, then, going from there as far as once they’ve started treatment, are working through that and then are concerned it’s not working as well as they wanted it to, that kind of thing, that then we start talking about managing that fear and insecurities about decisions, that kind of thing, because nobody has a crystal ball, so we can’t figure out what’s going to be the best option. Oftentimes, it’s just coming and finding acceptance with the decisions that we have made

Please remember the opinions expressed on Patient Power are not necessarily the views of our sponsors, contributors, partners or Patient Power. Our discussions are not a substitute for seeking medical advice or care from your own doctor. That’s how you’ll get care that’s most appropriate for you.

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