CARING FOR SOMEONE WITH PROSTATE CANCER

seeing yourself as a carer may help you accept the important role you have in helping another person through their illness and it may help you to recognise that you are now on your own ‘journey’. There are challenges you may face as a partner or carer of someone with prostate cancer. You may find yourself dealing with your own feelings of fear, anger, depression and sadness

Understand your role towards your loved one, key areas where your support is essential:

  • Become informed about prostate cancer, develop knowledge about available treatment options and theirimpacts and identify available resources available to  you and the patient
  • Familiarize yourself with the tips provided in the WELL BEING section on how experienced side effects can be managed
  • Take time to do what nurtures you. Take a walk, talk to friends, read and play music – you are important, and your well-being matters too
  • Plan ‘date’ nights, or other times when you can be alone If you’re tired, talk about ways of being intimate – learn to massage each other, or hold hands Kissing and hugging

If you are caring for your partner, it is important to think of ways that you and your partner can keep intimate as:

 

  • Plan ‘date’ nights, or other times when you can be alone
  • If you’re tired, talk about ways of being intimate – learn to massage each other, or hold hands
  • Kissing and hugging
  • Look through photo albums
  • Talk about when you first met, what you liked doing
  • Say YES when people offer to help you with daily tasks, this can make more time for ‘togetherness’.