Help with fatigue

If you’re extremely tired because of prostate cancer and the treatments you’re receiving to treat it, you’re not alone. Over half of men with prostate cancer experience this at some point. Our Get back on track service is designed to help you manage your fatigue so you can do more things you want to do. 

What is Get back on track?

Our Get Back on Track service usually lasts around 10 weeks. During this time you will have four telephone appointments with one of our Specialist Nurses, and each call will last between 30 to 45 minutes.
 
The telephone appointments will aim to support you and help you make positive changes to your behaviour and lifestyle which should mean that your fatigue improves over time. Positive changes might be things like increasing exercise slowly and gradually, increasing enjoyable social activities, getting back into hobbies, or changing your diet slightly.

This service was highly commended in 2013 for The Quality in Care Oncology Awards and was shortlisted for the Nursing Times Award for cancer nursing.

The service was developed in collaboration with King's College London and has been effective in improving fatigue (download the trial results).

How do I get involved?

It's easy: Just call our Specialist Nurses on 0800 074 8383 or fill in our form and a nurse will assess whether or not the service will suit your needs. If you are likely to benefit from this service, you can sign up right there and then. If not, the nurses will help you find the right kind of support for you.

What men tell us

I thought the service was superb, with the support nurse being so kind, understanding & thoughtful. She was at the very heart of everything and so very encouraging.

I did not think that I would be able to manage my fatigue through this programme but thought I should give it a try. Now I can see how I have benefitted considerably through the help of a structured, managed approach to improve my tiredness and build on my progress from now on.

Speaking to someone about my fatigue made me more aware of it and so I was able to work against it in a more effective way. Being told it was possible to change things also helped. It was good to have fatigue recognised as a problem that can be changed.

Confidentiality

The Get back on track service is confidential between you and Prostate Cancer UK. If you contact the specialist nurses, you may choose to provide personal information which will only be used for the purposes of the service.

Any personal information provided will not be passed on to anyone else without your express permission except in exceptional circumstance to comply with the nurses' code of professional conduct or the law. Examples of this might include children contacting the service reporting abuse, anyone reporting serious self-harm, anyone expressing the intention of harming someone else, or if a terrorist threat is reported.

Your personal information and details of the call content are stored on a secure database. Data you provide by completing a questionnaire will be stored securely and only the person responsible for evaluating the questionnaire data will have access to this. We will ensure that no individual is identifiable from the data he provides. If for any reason you wish to have your personal details or data removed from our records, please contact the specialist nurses. All sensitive data will be securely stored for 2 years for statistical analysis and then securely destroyed.

  • Call Monitoring  

    Calls are recorded and monitored for training purposes. This is an important part of maintaining quality on the 'Get back on track' service. All calls are kept confidential to Prostate Cancer UK and are destroyed securely after use.