Life after Prostate Cancer Treatment
by Steven Lamm, MD, Herbert Lepor, MD, and Dan Sperling, MD
The transition from prostate cancer patient to prostate cancer survivor can be difficult for some men. Even if all detected cancer was removed or eradicated through treatment, there is always the fear that it may return or spread. It’s natural to experience some level of anxiety around this, and it’s not unfounded. Statistically, biochemical recurrence, a rise in PSA levels that may indicate the presence of active prostate cancer, is not uncommon. This is why regular follow-up with your doctor after treatment is complete is so important.
by Barbara Delinsky
Loss of control is a major issue for those with breast cancer. It starts early on, when a problem is first suspected, and suddenly we’re taken over by fear, not to mention mammography machines, localization needles, hospital release forms, and biopsies. Then a positive diagnosis comes, and we’re really hit for a loop. We’re swamped by new information, confused by choices, intimidated by sterile rooms. We worry enough to lose sleep; we’re hurting from surgery, weak from anesthesia, and stressed over family demands; and we are not looking forward to the treatment ahead. There’s this big C looming over us, pressing us under its weight, threatening to dominate our daily lives for the next however-long.
Prostate Cancer & the Man You Love
by Anne Katz, RN, PhD
So you’ve been with this same man for 10 or 20 or even 50 years and you each know how the other thinks, right? Perhaps at times you even say the exact same thing at the exact same time and you both laugh at how well you know each other. But when illness occurs, those automatic and familiar ways of communicating often don’t work any longer or as effectively. Times of crisis require great communication, not just good communication; these times require the use of words rather than looks or telepathy.
What You Need to Know about Urinary Incontinence after Prostate Cancer Treatment
by Jeffrey Albaugh, PhD, APM, CUCNS
Men treated for prostate cancer know that when the catheter comes out, the leakage may begin. For many men, this leakage may resolve over the next year, but for some men, the issue may last longer. Research reveals approximately 15 percent of men are incontinent up to one year following either radical prostatectomy or laparoscopic prostatectomy. It can take as long as two years for men to regain urinary continence.
Above-the-Belt Relationship Changes That Can Come with Prostate Cancer
by Arnold Melman, MD, and Rosemary E. Newnham
Although many men see their temporary or permanent loss of erectile function as the chief change that affects their relationships post-treatment, most researchers would argue that the bigger changes happen – and need to happen – above the belt buckle: in the brain and in the heart.
Prostate Cancer Affects Women, Too
by Cindie Hubiak
Our society considers prostate cancer solely a man’s disease. It’s not. Prostate cancer can affect women physically, emotionally, and spiritually. To complicate matters further, many men don’t want anyone to know about their diagnosis and treatment. This vow of silence reduces potential resources for women, pushing the topic under a rug, causing many of us to feel suffocated and isolated.
Navigating the Road to Recovery
Recovery from prostate cancer treatment is different for everyone. Once you have selected your treatment option, talk with other prostate cancer survivors who can help you understand what you can expect during your recovery process. Remember to include physician specialists, supportive family members, and friends who can provide various levels of support during your treatment and recovery.
Man, Cancer, Sex
by Anne Katz, RN, PhD
One of the greatest myths in society suggests that all men are sexual machines. The expectation is that men can have sex on demand, at any time, in any place, no matter what his feelings or emotions are. Here’s another myth: Men don’t talk about their feelings and certainly don’t want to talk about sex. Well, the last part may be partially true. It’s not always easy to talk in a meaningful way about sex.