What to do and how to care for someone who is going through prostate cancer.
Did you know that prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, with more than 47,500 men diagnosed each year in the UK alone? That’s 129 people each day! Affecting one in eight males in their lifetime, it’s important to know how best to deal with the situation and care for a loved one, family member, or friend during these tough times.
With all of the challenges placed on the caretaker for someone going through prostate cancer, learning about the different ways you can help by getting involved in their treatment or looking after yourself, here’s what you should know.
Look After Yourself
Chances are you’ve heard the saying, ‘you can’t love anyone else if you don’t love yourself.’ The same applies here. If you’re not able to care and look after yourself during these tough times, how will you be able to sustain consistent care and look after a friend or family member going through prostate cancer?
While it might not always be obtainable, aim for a minimum of 8-10 hours of sleep per night, exercise daily, eat a healthy diet and take time for yourself, whether this is 5-minutes, 50-minutes, or a couple of hours a day to unwind and destress.
Get Involved In Their Treatment
Support is key during tough times. One of the best ways to show your support, love, and appreciation is to show up to their appointments, doctor’s meetings, and tests. You can even take notes, so they don’t have to. Listen, take in everything you can, and reassure them that you are them for them whatever they may need – remember, they will need plenty of support from friends, family, and loved ones!
The LittleThings Can Make An Impact
Going through any form of cancer is a challenging, emotionally involved, and difficult situation for every male. In some cases, it stretches funds, causes mental health problems such as depression and anxiety, and even has a simple yet draining impact of being too tired to perform day to day tasks.
For example, one way you can support somebody going through prostate cancer is by cooking them a hot meal, driving them to appointments, regularly checking in on them, and generally being there when they might need you – even if they say they don’t.
It could be as simple as a movie night with close family, a cooked meal, or even tickets to their favorite movie, band, or comedian.
Research The Topic For Yourself
Once diagnosed, it’s advised to research as much on the topic of prostate cancer as possible. While this is difficult, especially for the patient, family, and loved ones, getting involved, and educating yourself on the topic as much as possible is a great way to have a meaningful impact.
Maybe you find some treatment tips, how to manage finances, whether or not you need to invest in further care equipment for home, or even general advice you can pass on to those suffering.