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Prostate Cancer: Tips for Caregivers

What can you do to support your loved one with prostate cancer? Here are some tips:

  • 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, treatment choices, side effects of treatment, and available resources. This will help you to support your loved one during this time.

  • Keep good medical records. Keep track of all appointments, tests, and visits with healthcare providers. You might use a digital system, patient portal, or notebook. Keep copies of test results for your records. A lot of paperwork will come your way. It will come from providers, the hospital, pharmacies, and your health insurance company, just to name a few. Make a plan to keep it organized.

  • Ask questions. Go to appointments with your loved one. Ask anything you aren’t sure about. Take notes and ask for written instructions.

  • 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. There may be a support group available dedicated to caregivers and family. Support groups are available in person or online.

  • Search for new information.  Prostate cancer treatment choices are always changing as new research is done. Do research, and talk with your healthcare team about newer choices.

  • Learn how to provide care to your loved one. You may need to help with or provide physical care during and after treatments. You may help with managing medicines. Ask your loved one's healthcare providers what you need to know.

  • Take care of yourself. Eat well, get rest, and exercise so you stay well and can be strong enough to care for your loved one. Let other people help, too. Be specific about what you need.

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