What do you do after being diagnosed with prostate cancer? The emotional and physical challenges of diagnosis and treatment can be a lot for one man to handle alone.
- Step 1: If you have a partner, stay intimate with them, even if your prostate cancer causes erectile dysfunction. Touch, caress, and hold your partner to keep your sexual life active and help both of you cope.
- Step 2: Seek the help of a financial counselor. As you deal with the stages of prostate cancer, the last worry that should be on your mind is money. Work with a financial counselor at your hospital to help you deal with the costs of medical treatment.
- FACT: A normal prostate gland is about the size of a walnut.
- Step 3: Stay healthy by eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, exercising regularly, and getting plenty of sleep each night.
- TIP: Visit the online chat rooms and discussion boards on the American Cancer Society website.
- Step 4: Lean on your friends and family for support. Turn to them for help with tasks you no longer have the energy to do during treatment, or just for someone to talk to.
- Step 5: Join a support group and talk to cancer survivors who went through what you're going through now. They will be able to help you cope in ways your doctors or family and friends cannot. Have your hospital point you in the direction of local support groups.
- Step 6: Stay informed about the stages of prostate cancer, treatment options, and what to expect after treatment. Ask doctors, nurses, and health care professionals questions about any terms and words you don't understand.