Prostate Cancer

Living with Prostate Cancer

Living with a serious disease like prostate cancer is not easy. Support for prostate cancer patients and their loved ones is important. Coping with the problems and challenges of prostate cancer is often easier when people have helpful information and support services.

After a prostate cancer diagnosis, it can be helpful to have a strong support group. Friends and relatives can be very supportive. Also, those living with prostate cancer may find it helpful to discuss their concerns with others who have or have had cancer. Cancer patients often get together in support groups for prostate cancer, where they can share what they have learned about coping with cancer and the effects of their prostate cancer treatments. It is important to keep in mind, however, that each patient is different. Prostate cancer treatments and ways of dealing with cancer that work for one person may not be right for another--even if they both have the same kind of cancer. It is a good idea to discuss the advice of friends and family members with the doctor.

People living with prostate cancer may worry about holding their job, caring for their family, or keeping up with daily activities. Worries about tests, treatments, hospital stays, and medical bills are common. Doctors, nurses, and other members of the health care team can answer questions about treatment options, working, and other activities. Also, meeting with a social worker, counselor, or member of the clergy can be helpful to patients who want to talk about their feelings and discuss their concerns.

It is natural for a man and his partner to be concerned about the effects of prostate cancer and its treatment on their sexual relationship. They may want to talk with the doctor about possible side effects of prostate cancer and whether these side effects are likely to be temporary or permanent. Whatever the outlook, it may be helpful for patients and their partners to talk about their concerns and to help one another find ways to be intimate during and after treatment.

Often, a social worker at the hospital or clinic can suggest local and national groups that can provide emotional support, financial aid, transportation, home care, or other services for those living with prostate cancer.

Find support for prostate cancer patients from Cancer Treatment Centers of America.

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