Relationships and family life
A diagnosis of prostate cancer can change relationships, friendships and roles
within the family.
These changes can be difficult to come to terms with. But people find that they go through stages of adjusting and develop new ways of thinking about life and relationships. You might find some of these ideas can make life easier:
- learning more about prostate cancer together
- talking about things
- making sure that you are getting all the support you need as a family.
Try to make sure that you make time for family activities, such as holidays.
Relate provide one-to-one counselling and support in numerous centres across the UK. Counselling can also be provided over the phone and via email.
Talking to children
Children can often sense that something is wrong even if they don't understand it. It usually helps to be honest with them.
Macmillan Cancer Support has more information about talking to children about cancer. You could also ask your GP or specialist nurse for advice.