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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. Agree ... Agree ... Agree 😀 Prostate Cancer (PCa) thank goodness is not a fast growing cancer. That said over 30,000 men die annually from the disease. And if projections hold true, the numbers will increase due to an aging population and the fact that many men avoided MD visits during COVID .
        When caught PCa it is very treatable. The trouble is the early warning signs (if any) are so subtle and easy to miss. Issues arise when men do not get routine check-ups And yes if you are diagnosed by all means do not panic. You have time to look into all avenues of care should a biopsy reveal the presence of prostate cancer. ... Dennis ( TEAM)

      2. 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. 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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