Coming to terms with things
It’s difficult to hear that your treatment isn’t working and you may be nearing the end of your life. Even if you’ve been living with prostate cancer for years, it can still be a shock.
It might be hard for you and your family to accept that you’re dying. Some men find they think about their life more and try to find meaning in it. These can be difficult thoughts to deal with.
Your prostate cancer or treatment may also be causing physical problems. This might make you feel dependent on other people and that you're not in control.
What can help?
Give yourself time – it can take a while to process the news that you’re approaching the end of your life.
It can help to think about what is happening and how you're feeling about it. Some men want time by themselves or with a family member or close friend.
You may have questions for your doctor or nurse about your situation and what to expect. It can help to write your questions down before you meet with them. Some men find it helps to take a family member or friend with them.
Talking to someone about what is happening can help you deal with the news. You could talk to a family member or friend. Or you could talk to someone who understands what you’re going through in a support group, on our online community or through our one-to-one support service. It can also help to talk to someone who’s trained to listen, like a counsellor.