Supporting Caregivers

Although prostate cancer strikes men only, it can have a profound influence on their family and caregivers. Those closest to you often face the stresses associated with caring for a loved one, all while trying to navigate their own fears and concerns.

Although it is natural to feel many emotions including anxiety, fear, and frustration, it is important to take charge of managing advanced prostate cancer and to recognize that knowledge is power. It can reduce some of the anxiety and confusion that comes with a diagnosis of advanced prostate cancer and is a prerequisite for making the best treatment choices given the unique circumstances and conditions that are specific to each diagnosis.

It is a tough fight, and you may feel alone or just overwhelmed. Do not be afraid to ask for help – or accept it – from friends, family, and community members. If you are feeling alone or isolated, let your family and friends know that just a phone call or text message to check in on you means a lot – just so you know you have support when you need it.

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While trying to cope with the day-to-day physical, emotional, and financial challenges that accompany living with advanced prostate cancer, it can be beneficial for you and your loved one to talk with others who are having or have had the same experiences. Collaborating with your peers can provide emotional support as well as valuable treatment information, advice, and tips from others who have “been there and done that.” There are many support groups for you, your loved one, and other family members. Encourage your loved one to attend a support group meeting, join an online support community or call Us TOO’s toll-free helpline.

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