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Prostate Cancer’s Effects on Caregiving Partners

Wives also reported feeling socially isolated, as their husbands often did not feel up to socializing. One woman remarked, “Because he sleeps so much we do not visit the family or our friends and do not have many guests.”

Women were concerned about being – and feeling – alone as well, noting that they tried to be strong, not wanting to burden others by discussing the illness or asking for help.

If you’re taking care a partner with prostate cancer, keep these ideas in mind:

  • Educate yourself about prostate cancer, the treatment options, and what side effects you might expect. Accompany your partner to appointments, take notes, and ask questions. Understand that there will likely be changes, especially in urinary and sexual function.
  • Be there for emotional support. Let your partner know he can open up to you with his thoughts and feelings.
  • Try to take good care of yourself. Follow a healthy diet, exercise, get enough sleep, and reach out to family and friends. Your health is just as important as your partner’s.
  • Remember that you are not alone. Your partner’s healthcare team is there for both of you and can offer referrals for support groups and counseling.
  • Let family and friends help. Often, people want to help, but they aren’t sure how. If someone offers to pick up groceries, clean the gutters, or accompany your partner to a baseball game, say yes. And don’t hesitate to ask for help when you need it.

Resources

HealthDay.com

Preidt, Robert
“His Prostate Cancer Becomes Her Struggle, Too”

(Updated: March 23, 2018)

https://consumer.healthday.com/cancer-information-5/prostate-cancer-news-106/his-prostate-cancer-becomes-her-struggle-too-732135.html

Urology Care Foundation

“Prostate Cancer: A Caregiver’s Guide”

http://www.urologyhealth.org/caregiverguide/

UroToday.com

Avlastenok, J., et al.

“EAU 2018: Quality of Life of Spouses Living with Men Undergoing Androgen Deprivation Therapy for Prostate Cancer”

(Abstract presented at European Association of Urology 2018 conference, March 2018, Copenhagen, Denmark)

https://www.urotoday.com/conference-highlights/eau-2018/eau-2018-press/102916-eau-2018-quality-of-life-of-spouses-living-with-men-undergoing-androgen-deprivation-therapy-for-prostate-cancer.html

“EAU 2018: Wives of Many Prostate Cancer Sufferers Made Ill or Feel Undermined by the Disease”

(Press statement. March 19, 2018)

https://www.urotoday.com/conference-highlights/eau-2018/eau-2018-press/102884-eau-2018-wives-of-many-prostate-cancer-sufferers-made-ill-or-feel-undermined-by-the-disease.htmlProstate Cancer’s Effects on Caregiving PartnersProstate Cancer’s Effects on Caregiving Partners

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