Prostate Cancer: Tips for Family Members
What can you do to support the man in your life with prostate cancer? Here are some tips for helping:
Talk openly. Your loved one may be sad, angry, or not want to face the diagnosis of prostate cancer. It’s also normal for you to feel the same way. Talk with each other about how you feel during this stressful time.
Learn all you can. Make sure you understand the diagnosis and treatment options. This will help you to support your loved one during this time.
Keep good medical records. Keep a notebook of all appointments, tests, and visits with health care providers. Keep copies of test results for your records.
Ask questions. Go to appointments with your loved one. Ask anything you aren’t sure about. Take notes and add them to the medical records.
Attend a support group. Meeting others who have gone or are going through a similar experience can help you and your loved one feel better.
Search for new information. Prostate cancer treatment options are always changing as new research is done. Do research, and talk with the health care team about newer options.