The diagnosis of early stage prostate cancer is a time of choice and exploration. Please don’t think we are just trying to put a ‘positive spin’ on news that will cause you a great deal of shock and worry, but the very nature of diagnosed early stage prostate cancer is very much a ‘life’ choice and how you would like your future to be.
In this article from Forbes the author takes a recent study that indicates those with early-stage prostate cancer found no difference in 10-year death rate regardless of the monitoring or radical nature of the treatment. The metaphor used is to replace the doctor with a ‘good’ financial consultant over the 10 year period and how differently they would treat their specialism with you during this time.
From a finance perspective the conversation would be centred around your ‘goals’ and what you want to do with your life and where would you ‘like’ to be in 10 years’ time. The author paints a picture of how the conversation would look if this approach was applied to the options and consultations for the diagnosis of early stage prostate cancer.
Having your doctor understand your life ‘goals’ is crucial in the treatment of early stage prostate cancer where in the vast majority of cases the doctor is not solely looking to treat to ‘preserve life’.
We passionately believe that ‘every’ prostate cancer patient has a full appraisal of ‘all’ of the treatment options available. The treatment choices made today will affect your life ‘goals’ dramatically and need to have careful and wide-ranging consideration.