HE'S THE BOSS
Often, a man automatically assumes the role of manager when he learns of his prostate cancer diagnosis. He sees himself as the CEO, the one who's supposed to be in charge. "These are guys that call us often," says Poage. "They make up about 65% of the calls we get." He may refer to prostate cancer as "his challenge," or "his disease," she says, in an attempt to regain control of a situation that feels out of control. This is likely the role he's used to having in the family.
WHAT YOU CAN DO: The men in charge may have trouble openly asking for help. Look for silent ways to offer support, such as picking up prescription refills at the pharmacy. If you'd like to be more involved in his disease management and understanding the various treatments, ask for a meeting with his doctor, schedule it, and state your case, just like you would in a business setting.