Newly Diagnosed FAQ

Newly Diagnosed FAQ

What are the wait times for surgery?

Once your urologist has booked your surgery, the wait can be 1-3 months, depending on the type of surgery and the doctor.

How do I see a urologist?

You need a doctor to refer you to one of the 16 Urologists in Calgary. This doctor can be from out of province.

If my PSA level is high, do I have cancer?

Not necessarily. It could be an infection of the prostate or a urinary tract infection.

After a surgical treatment, do I need to continue getting my PSA tested?

You will need to have your PSA tested at 3 and 6 months after surgery and yearly after that.

Does an MRI or CAT scan work in diagnosing prostate cancer?

No. They are generally not used to diagnose prostate cancer. If indicated, a bone scan is done to rule out metastasis.

How do I re-book or cancel my biopsy?

You need to contact EFW at 403-541-1200.

What is active surveillance?

Your biopsy shows that you have low risk cancer, but it isn’t necessary to treat it. Your urologist may discuss actively monitoring your PSA and DRE and perhaps repeat biopsies.

Can I be treated without Alberta Health Care?

You need to discuss this with your Urologist.

Where can I get a PSA test?

From your family doctor or at the Man Van. See when it will be in your neighbourhood at

Do you know of any alternatives to surgery and radiation in reducing the growth of this disease via diet and exercise/ lifestyle change?

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and healthy diet are good ways to help fight cancer and an exercise counselor and dietitian would be able to help you with that. If you have a diagnosis of cancer, it is important to follow up with your urologist. If the risk is low you may be able to have active surveillance, checking your PSA and having a digital rectal exam regularly. If the risk becomes higher, surgery or radiation may be recommended.

What happens to my personal belongings when I go into surgery?

You will be admitted to Daycare. Everything will be stored there and sent up to your room on Unit 82 after your surgery. So leave valuables at home.

If I don’t have a family doctor, where can I find one?

You can search for a family doctor near you here: