Living with Prostate Cancer
No matter what type of treatment you choose, life with prostate cancer can be a challenge. Your goal during treatment should be to live as normal a life as possible. Your healthcare team can help you to cope with any physical and emotional issues that result from treatment. The support of your family and friends can help, too.
Treatment for prostate cancer may affect your sexuality. It can result in erectile dysfunction or a lowered sex drive. Often, these problems can be treated. Ask your urologist for help. And talk to your partner about ways to nurture your relationship so that it will be satisfying for both of you.
Incontinence or other urinary problems can occur due to treatment for prostate cancer. Effective treatments exist for most urinary problems. Talk to your urologist or radiation oncologist about what may help you.
During and after treatment, your urologist will monitor your prostate health. Your healthcare team will also help you control any ongoing symptoms resulting from treatment. Keep in mind that each man responds differently to prostate cancer treatment. Continue working with your team throughout treatment. Mention any concerns you have, and be sure to get your questions answered. Above all, think about how best to live your life. Prostate cancer may or may not shorten your life. But living life to the fullest is a good goal for anyone.