STRESS AND APC
Men respond in different ways to the diagnosis of advanced prostate cancer (APC). Having APC may evoke many emotions and conflicting thoughts, which can be stressful. Some men say that they want to keep their prostate cancer and treatments to themselves because they’re concerned about becoming a burden to family and friends.
STRESS MANAGEMENT IS IMPORTANT
It’s important to understand how to manage stress during advanced prostate cancer (APC) treatment. There are a variety of things you can do to help when you’re feeling stressed out.
COMPLEMENTARY THERAPIES CAN HELP LOWER STRESS LEVELS
Complementary therapies, like meditation and massage, can be used together with conventional medical treatments that your doctor recommends. These therapies may include participating in a support group, relaxation, and visualization training—and each one can help people with cancer feel better and improve their feelings about life, day by day.
Mindfulness-based stress reduction is another complementary therapy being used to help ease stress in cancer patients. It brings together both mindfulness meditation and gentle yoga.
EXERCISE MAY REDUCE STRESS
Exercise is a great way to deal with anxiety-related fatigue. In fact, exercise training may lead to improvement in your ability to be physically active, which can, in turn, lead to reduced effort and decreased fatigue. There are studies showing that people who exercise have much lower levels of tiredness than people who do not exercise. The types of exercise you may choose can vary, but in many positive reports, exercises that helped ranged from home-based walking programs to supervised laboratory treadmill or exercise bicycle formats.
ASK FOR HELP
Recent changes in the healthcare system mean that more cancer care moves from the hospital to home, and there is increased opportunity for family involvement in the day-to-day care of their loved one.
Men with advanced prostate cancer (APC) sometimes find it helpful to get support for monitoring treatment schedules and managing symptoms and medication. But most of all, receiving the emotional support from someone you love and trust can make all the difference.
TRY TALKING WITH OTHERS
Many patients with advanced prostate cancer (APC) discover that participating in groups with other men going through the same experiences can help with stress management. Men who join support groups sometimes feel less depression, less fatigue, and greater energy than people who try to feel better on their own. Some people try these groups to hear other experiences and to understand more about different coping strategies. Talking about personal thoughts and feelings in groups has the advantage of offering a strong social support network.
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ADT and Your Sex Life
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Financial Stress and APC
With the added expenses and potential loss of income due to treatment and illness, financial stress due to advanced prostate cancer (APC) is a reality. Learn more about some ways to get help with costs.