What You Need To Know About™ Prostate Cancer

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This booklet is about prostate cancer. Learning about medical care for your cancer can help you take an active part in making choices about your care.

The booklets in the What You Need To Know About™ Cancer series will be retired on June 1, 2018. You can find accurate and up-to-date information about over 100 cancer types in the PDQ® cancer treatment information summaries for patients.

NCI’s Contact Center can help you find information about many types of cancer. Reach our information specialists by phone, chat, or email.

This booklet covers:

  • The anatomy of the prostate and basics about prostate cancer
  • Treatments for prostate cancer, including taking part in cancer treatment research studies
  • Follow-up care you’ll need once treatment is over

This booklet has lists of questions that may help you talk with your doctor. Many people find it helpful to take a list of questions to a doctor visit.

The information in this booklet was last updated in June 2012.