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.
- Find out about your treatment, so you know what to expect and what your options are.
- Find out about the side effects of your treatment, so you know what to expect, and how you can try to manage them. Read our interactive guides for tips on managing side effects.
- Be active as you can. Physical activity such as gentle walking can improve your mood.
- Think about what you eat and drink. Some men find they manage better by aiming for a healthy, balanced diet.
- Share what you’re thinking – find someone you can talk to. It could be someone close, or someone trained to listen, like a counsellor or your medical team.
- 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.
- Set yourself goals and things to look forward to.
- Find more strategies in our booklet, Living with and after prostate cancer: A guide to physical, emotional and practical issues
- Our interactive guides show you how to manage some of the symptoms of prostate cancer and side effects of treatment.
- Get more ideas about how to look after yourself from local cancer support centres as well as Macmillan Cancer Support, Maggie’s Centres and Look Good Feel Better