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Caregiver Resources

Supporting your loved one through prostate cancer can be overwhelming and challenging. The following actions can help empower you to play a supportive role for a friend or family member with prostate cancer.

  • Book Prostate CancerLearn about the Disease: Since prostate cancer differs greatly from one person to another, it is important to educate yourself and your loved one about the disease. Learn as much as you can about prostate cancer and about your loved one’s cancer specifically. This can help remove some of the unknowns about the disease and what you and he may be facing. Understanding his risk level, the management strategies that are available, and the relative benefits and risks of each strategy can help you both navigate potential short- and long-term side effects and the impact of treatment.
  • Written List Prostate CancerParticipate in His Care: He will be exposed to a flood of information upon diagnosis, so having an extra set of eyes and ears to help listen and comprehend new information can be very important. Ask if he wants you to attend his doctor’s appointments. If he doesn’t, don’t push the issue. If he is receptive to the idea, take notes and ask questions during the appointments to better understand his prostate cancer risk, testing options, and potential treatment courses.

    Discuss these options with him and the healthcare team. Understanding the benefits versus risks and side effects of active surveillance, surgery, radiation therapy, hormonal therapy and chemotherapy will make difficult conversations easier and bring you closer together.
  • Seek the Support of Others: Many caregivers don’t realize they need support too. Though it may feel like it, you are not alone – many men and women have been in your position. It often helps to discuss your situation with others who are going thru or have gone thru a similar experience. You may want to consider joining a local support group for caregivers.

    Us TooUs TOO, for example, is a non-profit organization that provides peer-to-peer support and education resources for both patients and caregivers.

  • Look After Yourself: You can help your loved one most effectively if you also take care of yourself. Make sure you get enough sleep, eat well, exercise when you can and try to maintain an overall healthy lifestyle. You may not be able to do everything by yourself. It’s ok to ask for help from close friends and family members. Remember, even caregivers need care too.

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