Some men say being diagnosed with prostate cancer changes the way they think and feel about life. If you are dealing with prostate cancer you might feel scared, worried, stressed, helpless or even angry.

At times, lots of men with prostate cancer get these kinds of thoughts and feelings. But there’s no ‘right’ way that you’re supposed to feel and everyone reacts in their own way.

There are things you can do to help yourself and people who can help. Families can also find this a difficult time and they may need support too. This section might also be helpful for them.

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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 listening to music or breathing exercises.

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.

Find out more about eating a healthy, balanced diet.

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.

Find out more about keeping active.


Who can help?

Your medical team

It could be useful to speak to your nurse, doctor, GP or anyone in your medical team. They can explain your diagnosis, treatment and side effects, listen to your concerns, and put you in touch with others who can help.

Our Specialist Nurses

Our Specialist Nurses can answer your questions and explain your diagnosis and treatment options. They’ve got time to listen to any concerns you or those close to you have in confidence.

Trained counsellors

Counsellors are trained to listen and can help you to find your own ways to deal with things. Many hospitals have counsellors or psychologists who specialise in helping people with cancer – ask your doctor or nurse at the hospital if this is available. Your GP may also be able to refer you to a counsellor, or you can see a private counsellor. To find out more, contact the British association for Counselling & Psychotherapy.

Our one-to-one support service

Our one-to-one support service is a chance to speak to someone who’s been there and understands what you’re going through. They can share their experiences and listen to yours. You can discuss whatever’s important to you. Our Specialist Nurses will try to match you with a trained volunteer with similar experiences.

Our online community

Our free online community is a place talk about whatever's on your mind – your questions, your ups and your downs. Anyone can ask a question or share an experience. It’s a place to deal with prostate cancer together.

Local support groups

At local support groups, men get together to share their experiences of living with prostate cancer – you can ask questions, offload worries and know that someone understands what you’re going through. Some groups have been set up by local health professionals, others by men themselves. Many also welcome partners, friends and relatives.

Our fatigue support service

Our fatigue support service is a 10-week telephone service delivered by our Specialist Nurses. It can help if you have problems with extreme tiredness (fatigue), which is a common symptom of prostate cancer. Fatigue can also be a side effect of some treatments for prostate cancer. The fatigue support service can help you make positive changes to your behaviour and lifestyle, which can improve your fatigue over time.


You may be able to get support from your local hospice or community palliative care team. They provide a range of services including treatment to manage symptoms such as pain. They can also offer emotional and spiritual support, practical and financial advice and support for families. Your GP, doctor or nurse can refer you to a hospice service, and will work closely with these teams to support you.

To find a local hospice:

Spiritual support

You might begin to think more about spiritual beliefs as a result of having recurrent prostate cancer. It’s important that you get spiritual support if you need it. This could be from your friends or family, or from your religious leader or faith community.

Practical support

Prostate cancer can have an impact on everyday life. It can be helpful to get the facts about work, money, daily life and travel.

Read more about practical things.


Updated: May 2015 | Due for Review: May 2017

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