Posted on February 6th, 2009 by
Issues that often develop for companions and caregivers include the following.
Diagnosis. Diagnosis can be a very stressful and emotional time for the patient and those people who stand beside him.
Treatment. Treatment can be a long and challenging process. Simply becoming aware of the treatment options and then making a decision can be overwhelming in itself. What is your role in treatment decisions and inhis course of treatment?
Living with prostate cancer. You may not have cancer in your body, yet you are experiencing cancer. You experience the stress, uncertainty, and anxiety just like he does, and this affects your body’s well-being, too. How do you cope with the uncertainty and the interruption in your life?
Recovery. Every patient hopes for recovery. After prostate cancer, how do you return to “normal”? Has “normal” changed? What about your relationship? Your outlook? Your hopes?
Advanced disease. Sometimes recovery is not possible, and the cancer progresses. Sadly, for some, thoughts of recovery turn to questions of palliative care and hospice. How do you respond to these decisions and make peace with the potential outcome?
Six Tips for Caregivers
If you are faced with these issues and are feeling overwhelmed when confronting a prostate cancer diagnosis, what can you do as a companion or caregiver? Consider these six tips:
Learn about prostate cancer and the treatments your loved one is undergoing.
For more information on prostate cancer from the caregivers perspective, visit Us Too International at http://www.ustoo.org. Us TOO recognizes the vitally important role that spouses, partners, companions, and family members play in the overall well-being and longevity of prostate cancer patients as well as how important functioning as a team can be.
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