Men respond in different ways to being diagnosed with prostate cancer. You may feel shocked, angry or scared. You may want to find out more about what treatments are available to you.

If you have any questions about your diagnosis you can ask your doctor or nurse at the hospital. Or you can call our Specialist Nurses. You can also read more about treatments for prostate cancer.

You may also want to find out more about the stage of your cancer and what that may mean for you. Find out more about:

 
What support is available to me?

There is no right or wrong way to feel about being diagnosed with prostate cancer, and you may find that your feelings change over time. There is support available if you want it. Your family may also find this a difficult time and may need some support.

Talking about it

Many men find that talking about their cancer can help them to cope. You may find that talking to a partner, friend or relative can help. However, some men find it difficult to share their feelings with someone close and prefer to talk to someone else.

You and your family can speak to one of our Specialist Nurses. They can help you to understand your diagnosis and the emotional effects of cancer. You may also find it helpful to talk to your nurse, doctor or GP about how you are feeling. If you would like some more support, they may be able to put you in touch with a counsellor.

Talking to someone affected by prostate cancer

You and those close to you may find talking to someone with similar experiences helpful. Our support volunteers are all personally affected by prostate cancer. They are trained to listen and offer support over the telephone.

You can also join our online community where you can share your experiences with other men and their families.

There are prostate cancer support groups across the country, where you can meet other people affected by prostate cancer.

Practical support

You may find that making changes to your diet gives you more control over your body and is something that you can do for yourself. Eating a healthy, balanced diet and being physically active will benefit your overall health and may be helpful in slowing down the growth of the cancer. Diet and physical activity may also help you cope with the side effects of treatment and any feelings of anxiety.

If you live in England and are having treatment for cancer, including treatment for the symptoms of cancer or treatment for the side effects of a cancer treatment, you are entitled to free prescriptions. You will need to apply for a medical exemption certificate. Ask your doctor for a FP92A form. Once you have filled out the form, your doctor will need to sign it, and you will be sent the certificate. If you live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, all prescriptions are free.

You can read more about emotional and practical issues of prostate cancer in our booklet, Living with and after prostate cancer: A guide to physical, emotional and practical issues.