Men diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer often have a variety of options regarding their care. Surgery and radiation therapy may be choices, but these treatments can have side effects. “Active surveillance” is another option for some men, in which they are seen by their doctors periodically to monitor the growth of the cancer, but they do not undergo surgery or receive radiation therapy.
The goal of this study is to better understand how men with early-stage prostate cancer and their partners or close allies make decisions about their care. Participants will complete questionnaires during the decision-making process (for up to eight weeks) asking them about such issues as mood, quality of life, relationship quality, feelings about the cancer, tolerance of uncertainty, and treatment decisions.