The treatment of prostate cancer often requires the expertise of many medical specialists. Depending on your own case, doctors you may see include:
Urologist. A urologist is specially trained to treat problems affecting the urinary tract (kidneys, ureters, bladder, urethra) and disorders of the male reproductive system. Some urologists, called urologic oncologists, are surgeons who further specialize in treating cancer of the urinary tract and male reproductive organs.
Radiation oncologist. A radiation oncologist specializes in the use of radiation therapy to treat cancer. He or she develops the radiation treatment plan, monitors patients while they are receiving radiation therapy, and treats any side effects from the radiation.
Medical oncologist. A medical oncologist specializes in treating cancer with medical therapies, such as chemotherapy and hormone therapy. Medical oncologists also handle the general medical problems that may arise during the disease.
Other medical specialists that may be involved in your care include:
Prostate cancer can grow very slowly. In some men, it can grow so slowly they may never need treatment. But doctors still want to keep an eye on the cancer so they can take action if it gets worse. This approach is known as active surveillance or watchful waiting.
Your doctor may have suggested these options instead of other treatment for a few reasons:
Other health conditions you have, such as heart disease, diabetes, or long-lasting high blood pressure
Risks and side effects...