When a loved one is diagnosed with prostate cancer, it’s often life changing. Cancer affects more than just the patient, and family members often worry about what they can do to be supportive and comforting in this difficult time.
While everyone’s lifestyle and situation is unique, there are a few things that virtually all new caregivers can do to help:
- Travel to appointments with your loved one. Listen and take notes when necessary so no information goes unnoticed or forgotten.
- Do your research. Learn everything you can about the disease, understand the treatment options and provide support.
- Be understanding. If your loved one is overwhelmed, suggest counseling. Don’t be afraid to sign up for your own counseling sessions if you need to. Allow your loved one to take time alone discussing questions with his doctor, if necessary. Know that you still play a very important role in his cancer journey.
- Communicate with your partner about both of your emotions instead of shutting down. Understand that they are normal and acceptable.
A prostate cancer diagnosis is the beginning of a new normal, but there are several things you can do to help as you step into the role of a caregiver. Discuss side effects, responsibilities, new routines and how you feel with your partner to find a daily balance that works for you both.