Things you can do
1. Set yourself some small goals
These could be small things like getting dressed every day, going on a short walk or seeing a friend once a week.
2. Think about who you want to spend time with, talk to or write to
You could make a list of people you want to contact. Some men just want to spend time with their close family and friends in their final months and weeks. But there may be people you want to call or write to, perhaps people who you haven't spoken to for a while. Some men find this helps to clear their thoughts.
3. Make a list of your medicines and doses
Keeping a record of the medicines you're taking can help if you see a different doctor or nurse, or if you need to go into hospital or a hospice.
4. Talk to your GP
If you’ve got questions or worries, you can book an appointment with your GP to talk through them. It can help to write down what you want to discuss. Your GP may not be able to talk about everything in one appointment. So you might want to ask for a longer appointment or visit them more than once.
5. Find out about the symptoms of MSCC
Metastatic spinal cord compression (MSCC) is a very serious medical condition. It affects some men with advanced prostate cancer. If you have symptoms, it’s important to get medical advice straight away. Knowing the symptoms can help you know what to look out for.
6. Think about where you want to be cared for
Visit local nursing homes, residential homes or hospices to help you understand what options are available. This can help you decide where you’d like to be cared for if you ever need the care and support that these places provide.
7. Visit your local hospice
Hospice care isn’t just for people staying in the hospice. And it’s not just for people in their last weeks and days of life. Some hospices have cafes, activities, and services such as counselling and nursing. Most hospices are happy to tell you about the services they provide and show you around.
8. Join our online community
Connect with other people affected by prostate cancer on our online community. Members include men with prostate cancer, their family and friends, and people who have lost a loved one to prostate cancer. Anyone can ask a question or share an experience. It’s a place to deal with prostate cancer together.
9. Sort out practical things
You could give your family access to financial and practical information they will need in the future. For example, information about bills and outgoing payments, your life insurance details or bank account information.
10. Plan time to rest
Even small things might make you feel very tired when you have advanced prostate cancer. Take things at your own pace.
Updated: April 2016 | Due for Review: April 2018