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Health Journey Support | Managing Prostate Cancer

This brochure will help you understand how to manage your prostate cancer with follow-up care after treatments, making lifestyle changes, and getting support to help cope with the disease.

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Managing Prostate Cancer

You or someone you care about may have been diagnosed with prostate cancer. This video will help you understand how to manage it.

Prostate Cancer Overview

Prostate cancer is a type of cancer that forms in a man's prostate gland. Most prostate cancer is slow growing and may not cause any symptoms or problems. However, it's very important to have a follow-up care plan.

Follow-up Management Plan

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Your follow-up management plan may include:

  • Taking prescribed medications as directed by your doctor. Take note of any side effects and tell your doctor. Ask your doctor what to do if you miss a dose
  • Asking your doctor about affordable options, if you can't afford your medication
  • Talking to your doctor before taking over-the-counter supplements or herbal medicines
  • Going to all appointments for doctor's visits and lab tests
  • Following all instructions after prostate surgery or radiation therapy
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Keeping appointments allows your doctor to check your condition

Healthy Lifestyles

You may need to make some of the following healthy lifestyle changes:

  • Don't smoke and limit alcohol. Both of these activities may increase your risk of cancer

  • Cut down on salt and foods high in fat, such as fast food

  • Eat a healthy diet with more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. A healthy diet may reduce the risk of the cancer coming back

  • Become physically active. Daily exercise and activities can make you feel better

  • Ask your doctor what you can do to help you feel less tired. Some cancer treatments can make you feel very tired

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Cancer Support

Knowing you have cancer can be overwhelming. You may have worries about things like:

  • Your condition

  • How your health affects your family

  • Treatments and hospital stays

  • Medical bills

  • Your job

Fortunately, there are ways to cope with this. Remember that your doctor and healthcare team are there to answer any questions you have.

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Support Sources

The following sources of support can help you cope with your concerns:

  • Social workers

  • Church leaders

  • Counselors

  • Support groups

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Talk to your doctor if you have any questions about your treatment plan, medications or lifestyle changes to help you manage prostate cancer.

The information in this handout has been created and peer reviewed by graduate-level medical illustrators, followed by reviews from medical subject experts, either physicians or PhDs on the Nucleus Medical Review Board, to ensure medical accuracy and audience level appropriateness.

The handout is intended to supplement the information you receive from your healthcare provider and should never be considered personal medical advice. Always contact your healthcare provider with health questions and concerns.