Prostate Cancer Support
Friends and relatives can provide helpful support as you deal with prostate cancer and its effect on your life. You can also talk with a member of your healthcare team about finding a support group in your area. These groups can help men cope with the cancer and the effects of treatment. Perhaps your most important source of support is your partner, with whom you should discuss your feelings and concerns.
Learning you have prostate cancer can change your life and the lives of those close to you. These changes can be hard to handle. It is normal for you, your family, and your friends to have many different and sometimes confusing feelings.
You may worry about:
- Caring for your family
- Keeping your job
- Continuing daily activities.
Concerns about prostate cancer treatment and managing side effects, hospital stays, and medical bills are also common.
Doctors, nurses, and other members of your healthcare team can answer questions about treatment, working, or other activities. Meeting with a social worker, counselor, or member of the clergy can be helpful if you want to talk about your feelings or concerns. Often, a social worker can suggest resources for:
- Financial aid
- Home care
- Emotional support.
Friends and relatives can provide prostate cancer support. Support groups also can help. In these groups, people meet with other patients or their families to share what they have learned about coping with the disease and the effects of treatment.
Groups may offer support in person, over the telephone, or online. You may want to talk with a member of your healthcare team about finding a support group for prostate cancer in your area.
You and your partner may be concerned about the effects of prostate cancer on your sexual relationship. You may want to talk with your doctor about possible side effects from prostate cancer treatment options and whether these are likely to last.
Whatever the outlook, you and your partner may find it helps to discuss your concerns. You can find ways to be intimate during and after treatment. For some couples, it helps to talk with a sex counselor.