If your man has recently been diagnosed with prostate cancer, you may be feeling frightened, discouraged or overwhelmed. If you are wondering how you can support your partner, the following are some things to consider.
Before choosing a treatment
Your loved one is most likely going to be under a great deal of stress after his diagnosis, which can make research even more overwhelming and exhausting for him. At this stage, it may be slightly easier for you to do most of the information gathering and reading. You can support him by streamlining the gathered information.
Two sets of ears are more reliable than one, especially in nervous situations. So you should accompany your man to all his doctor visits and prepare yourself by writing down any questions and concerns you or your partner have ahead of time.
Become his “helping hand”
Becoming a responsible helping hand to your partner will make him feel comfortable and prepared for his appointments. Volunteer yourself to be the one who keeps track of all his medical appointments and other documentation like insurance forms. It will be one less thing your loved has to worry about.
Encourage your man to join a support group
A support group may be a great source of help for your man. Attending one may make it easier for him to discuss sensitive issues and talk to other men who can understand what he is going through.
Right before treatment
Purchase necessary things your partner needs before and after the treatment, and put together a bag of these necessities. Ask your patient care manager what these items are.
Your partner may get fatigued during the course of medical treatments. It is therefore important for him to get a lot of rest. Assure him that some of the jobs or household activities that he normally does around the house will be taken care of.
Furthermore, you should pay attention to some possible side effects of each treatment option (medical, radiological or surgical) to help you learn and pick up on any warning signs.
Take care of you
Taking care of your loved one is necessary and much needed. However, you should also focus on keeping yourself physically, mentally and emotionally strong. If you don’t take care of yourself, you can’t be there to support your partner. So make sure you have a loyal support group around you. This way, you can also discuss your personal concerns and maybe even your fears, with someone other than your loved one.