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Living With Advanced Prostate Cancer

Living With Advanced Prostate Cancer

WHAT MATTERS TO YOU?

Health and Wellness Matter1-3

Living well doesn’t have to involve hours at the gym or time with a trainer. Rather, it’s about taking gradual steps to ensure that your physical, mental and emotional well-being is looked after. Below are some tips to help you maintain your fitness:

WHEN TREATMENT GETS YOU DOWN…
IT'S IMPORTANT TO GET BACK UP

Past or current treatment for your cancer may have caused a loss of lean muscle mass and fatigue. Studies suggest exercise, in consultation with the patient’s physician, may help a patient with cancer reduce fatigue and improve mood.

Here are a few simple ways to keep activity in your daily life:

  • Go for a daily walk – even if it’s just a short walk around your neighbourhood
  • Do something different to keep it fun: yoga, dancing, or tai chi
  • Consider weight-bearing exercises: these could be things like brisk walking, gardening, or stair-climbing. These exercises will help strengthen bones, which for some men may be weakened by treatment or the cancer itself.

Not sure what is right for you? Your healthcare team is a great resource when it comes to determining what kind of physical activity will work best for you.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT…

Some of the side effects related to certain treatments for advanced prostate cancer – such as upset stomach or loss of appetite – can make it difficult to maintain nutritional requirements and can result in weight loss.

Here are a few simple ways to ensure you’re getting enough nutrition:

  • Eat smaller meals more often. Some patients find that eating smaller, more frequent meals may help reduce some gastrointestinal symptoms.
  • Choose your foods wisely. Your healthcare team is a great resource for you to use in order to find out what food options will be best for you.

References

  1. My Prostate Cancer Roadmap. Available at:
    http://www.myprostatecancerroadmap.com/living-advanced-prostate-cancer-health-wellness
  2. American Cancer Society. Physical Activity and the Cancer Patient. Available at:
    http://www.cancer.org/treatment/survivorshipduringandaftertreatment/stayingactive/physical-activity-and-the-cancer-patient
  3. UCLA Health. Hormone Therapy and Prostate Cancer. Available at:
    http://urology.ucla.edu/body.cfm?id=527

Questions for my Doctor

Make the most of the time with your healthcare team with a list of questions you can take to your appointments.

Gather Your Questions

Treatment Goals

Have you addressed what your goals of treatment are to your healthcare team? Begin now, so you get the most out of your treatment.

Know Your Goals