How can I help myself?
Everyone has their own way of dealing with prostate cancer, but you may find some of the following suggestions helpful.
Look into your treatment options
Find out about the different types of treatment available to you. Bring a list of questions to your doctor or nurse. And ask about any side effects so you know what to expect and how to manage them. This will help you decide what’s right for you.
Talk to someone
Unload what’s going on in your head – find someone you can talk to. It could be someone close, or someone trained to listen, like a counsellor or your medical team. Your GP, nurse or other health professionals involved in your care should be able to answer any questions or concerns you might have.
Set yourself some goals
Set yourself goals and things to look forward to – even if they’re just for the next few weeks or months.
Look after yourself
Take time out to look after yourself. When you feel up to it, learn some techniques to manage stress and to relax – like breathing exercises or listening to music.
Eat a healthy, balanced diet
Eating well is good for your general health and lowers your risk of other health problems. There is also some evidence that certain foods may slow down the growth of prostate cancer or lower the risk of it coming back after treatment. Visit our webpage, Your diet and physical activity, for more information.
Be as active as you can
Keeping active can improve your physical strength and fitness, and can lift your mood. Some research shows that physical activity can help to slow down the growth of prostate cancer. It can also help you stay a healthy weight, which may be important for lowering your risk of advanced prostate cancer. Even if you don’t feel able to do a lot of physical activity, a small amount will still help – take things at your own pace and don’t overdo it. Visit our webpage, Your diet and physical activity, for more information.
Get more ideas about how to look after yourself from Macmillan Cancer Support, Maggie’s Centres, and Penny Brohn Cancer Care, as well as your nearest cancer support centres. You can find more strategies on our webpages, Living with prostate cancer