At Columbia Urology, we are experienced at assessing the risks and determining a prognosis for each man's prostate cancer. We tailor a treatment program for each individual based on several factors: the stage of his disease, his age and life expectancy, his feelings about quality-of-life measures, and which therapy promises the best chance of a cure. We make sure every patient thoroughly understands his disease and the potential benefits and side effects of his treatment options. We help each man choose the avenue of treatment best suited to him and his preferences. In fact, we view this as a family decision and when appropriate, we prefer that a man's spouse or significant other be present for the discussion of treatment options.