Relationships

Living With Advanced Prostate Cancer

WHAT MATTERS TO YOU?

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Finding ways to relate to people closest to you

Managing advanced prostate cancer can be tough. While some relationships will remain unchanged, others may require you and the other party to find the “new normal”. It’s important to remember that you get to decide what information you want to share with others and how you would like to best approach these conversations.

Keep in mind that family and friends may initially feel uncomfortable offering assistance at the risk of intruding. As you move through your prostate cancer journey remember that it can be beneficial to have a group of people who are available and interested in assisting you any way they can.

HAVING A CONFIDANTE

You may find it helpful to have someone in your life – whether it’s a spouse, close friend or family member – that you can share your feelings and concerns with. You may want someone to confide in and who will respect your privacy and listen without offering advice.

POTENTIAL STRATEGIES FOR DEALING WITH IMPACTS ON RELATIONSHIPS

  • Take Time to Reflect: Your family, friends and colleagues care about you and will be open to supporting you on this journey. You get to decide what issues you’re comfortable sharing with them.
  • Ask for Help: Asking for help can be a difficult thing to do; however, your family and friends can listen, prepare a meal, run errands and accompany you to an appointment – whatever you might need. Don’t shy away from asking for help when you need it.
  • Be Understanding: Your family and friends may be worried and tired too. Think of yourselves as part of a team and consider seeking support together. It may help everyone cope during this time.
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