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Life with prostate cancer

What do you wish others knew about living with prostate cancer?

  1. , I would say; don't panic. When you hear the word cancer; we think the worst. My father got prostate cancer at the age of 72. He is now 87 and still going strong. Do your research. Find out what scores and greasons mean. I had never heard these words before. Take your time and find the best care for you; research, research, research. Last but not least. Try to get everything close to each other; doctors, hospitals, pharmacists, etc. It can take a lot out of a person driving all over town 2 or 3 times a week.

    1. Living with prostate cancer is not something that anyone plans to have. It is a barricade that was thrown into the road and blind sighted you. Know that you are the person driving the car and you have the ability to maneuver around that barricade the way you see fit. You can choose which direction you want to go in. Prostate cancer is a slow moving cancer! Cancer is not a death sentence. Gather and utilize support groups to keep your mental stimulation high and positive. Research ALL avenues of treatment because each man's journey may be different. Allow yourself to feel any and all emotions you may have.

      1. However, for some men it is incredibly fast growing and absolutely lethal. I know of a man who had small cell carcinoma and died six weeks after dx. Thankfully it is very rare!

      2. Wow it happens - a former business partner was having issues and went in when he was unable to pass urine - catheter helped and was told he no signs of prostate cancer. Eight weeks later he passed due to a "rare sarcoma " on the prostate - apparently it had spread to lungs and liver. You just never know - Live your life to the fullest every day ... Dennis(ProstateCancer.net TEAM)

    2. that it's tough, the hardest thing I've faced in my life. However, you can choose to think of yourself as dying of cancer or living with cancer. I chose living with cancer and try to make the absolute most of every day and live life to the full!

      1. I agree - the more you focus on the negative side if this the more depressed you can become. I certainly do not ignore the fact but at the same time i can choose to die every day for years - or just do it once at the proper time - until then I focus on the positives

    3. What I suggest to newly diagnosed men is
      A) We are not immortal and you are not going to die from this any time soon
      B) Take a deep breadth and look at treatment options - speak up & ask lots of questions
      C) Face the fact – life after a cancer diagnosis (treatment) will be different.
      D) Learn to roll with life's ups and downs
      E) Don't live in a constant state of fear

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