While there are support groups for almost every cause on the planet, men facing down a diagnosis of prostate cancer are likely to find few options available to them. Whether it’s simply because men don’t generally like to talk about highly personal issues or the fact that this particular disease tends to have a rather high survivability rate, the reality is men still often need advice as they go through the treatment process.
So, what can men do to get the sound advice and guidance they need to navigate the prostate cancer treatment waters? Here are a few tips that can provide the trusted resources men need to make informed decisions about their care and treatment:
- Do find out if support groups are available – While not every city across the country has its own support group, some do. These groups can prove very valuable when they are available as guest speakers often include medical professionals in the know and survivors who can shed light on what to expect during treatments.
- Talk to your doctor – The best possible source of information and advice on your particular case is always going to be your doctor or your treatment team members. Don’t be afraid to ask questions in depth and don’t be afraid to show vulnerabilities. The truth is prostate cancer – like all cancers – is scary and you need solid facts to help you move forward.
- Lean on friends and/or family – While they may not completely understand everything you are going through, these folks are there to serve as shoulders to lean on. Don’t be afraid to use them when necessary.
- Seek out online support groups – A face-to-face support group might not be available where you live, but that doesn’t mean you can find advice and input from others who have walked in your shoes courtesy of the Internet. Just be sure to vet support group options before diving in.
There’s no need to face prostate cancer treatment solely on your own. If you have questions, concerns or just want to voice fears or even complaints, there are resources available to help.