How can a metastatic prostate cancer patient best prepare for their first visit to the oncologist?

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CySteinMDPhD (Physician - Oncology - Hematology/Oncology (Verified) ) - 10 / 25 / 2012

There really isn't much preparation needed. Gather up your records, particularly a list of recent PSAs and any recent scans you might have, and make sure to bring them to the medical oncologist. Of particular importance, either bring or have sent the slides made from your original prostate biopsy. This will help the oncologist confirm that the diagnosis is correct. Make sure to bring someone with you for the first visit. The oncologist is probably going to provide you with a great deal of information, and it can be overwhelming at times to try to absorb it all. Bring another pair of eyes and ears and an accessory brain along to make sure you hear things correctly.
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