Ways to support your man with prostate cancer
Here are some ideas you may want to consider to support your man with prostate cancer:
- It may help if you are the designated “information searcher” for your loved one. While you are both under a great deal of
stress, it may be easier for you to do the most of the information gathering and reading.
- Suggest that you accompany your loved one to all his doctor visits, if you can (and he agrees). Write down any questions you both have ahead of time, so you’ll remember to ask them. Two sets of ears are always better than one, especially when you’re nervous. It also helps to write down everything that the doctor tells you.
- You can also volunteer to be the one to keep track of all the medical appointments, insurance forms, and other paperwork. It will be one less thing he has to deal with.
- If your loved one is undergoing
it may help if you are the one to purchase his incontinent briefs for him. It is something that he may not want to be reminded of
prior to his surgery.
- If your man is having
he may get fatigued during the course of his treatment. Volunteering to take on some of the jobs that he normally does around the house (such as taking out the garbage or mowing the lawn), may give him a bit of a break.
- Learn about all of the potential side effects from the treatment your loved one chooses, so you can keep an eye out for any warning signs.
- Put together a list of friends or relatives you can call upon if you need help while your man is recovering (for example, if you
need someone to stay with him while you run to the store when he’s first home after surgery).
- Encourage your loved one to join a
(if he’s open to it). It may help him to be able to talk to other men who can understand what he’s going through.
- Make sure you have a good
for yourself. You can’t be there to support your man with prostate cancer if you don’t take care of your own needs. There may be times when you will want to discuss your personal concerns—or even fears—with someone other than your loved one.
Always discuss everything you read on this web site with a qualified medical professional.
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