The Power of Positive Thinking
Someone once told me that it is vital to stay positive when fighting cancer, especially prostate cancer. If you are one of the lucky ones that has had surgery or radiation and your PSA is 0, I am very happy for you and I love to hear those stories.
Many of us go through the surgery, radiation and hormone therapy and still battle a rising PSA, side effects or metastasis and it is so easy to slip into a "funk" due to the constant weight on your mind of what is my next treatment option and will it work for me.
I have found that being positive and always looking for new breakthroughs in the treatment of Prostate Cancer has kept me going, even after some pretty bad news. There are some pretty amazing treatments that are being discovered every month.
Clinical trials can offer hope
I recently searched for Clinical Trials at Memorial Sloan Kettering in NYC and they have a number of new treatments that I am going to investigate. I am currently enrolled in a Trial at Rutgers Cancer Institute and I am anonymously awaiting the next phase of the trial. I would recommend that anyone who is interested in being part of a clinical trial visit www.clinicaltrials.gov to see the many options that you may have.
There is also a lot more information about various aspects of what it means to participate in a clinical trial here on ProstateCancer.net.
I love my family. I love my work. I love my golf. I will not give in to this awful disease. I will not stop fighting and I will stay positive. Don't give up.
Are you a member of any support groups, online or in person?
Positive thinking and mindfulness as complementary therapy
Editorial note: The power of positive thinking has been researched for people living with chronic health conditions. This research looks at a number of different ways that people can maintain positive thoughts that may have a health benefit. One area of research looks at mindfulness meditation and other techniques for promoting mindfulness. This and other things that can be done in combination with traditional treatments for prostate cancer are called complementary therapies.
How much do you worry about prostate cancer coming back after treatment?