Being a Caregiver

When a friend or loved one is diagnosed with prostate cancer, you may wonder how you can help him in his fight against the disease.

You may have questions about the cancer itself or about frequent treatment options.

Here are some things you may need to know:

  1. The person diagnosed with prostate cancer most likely already knows his prostate-specific antigen (PSA) level and his Gleason score.
  2. These tests tell the doctor how far the cancer has progressed but not necessarily the “aggressiveness” of the disease.
  3. Since cancer is the uncontrolled rapid growth of abnormal cells, an aggressive prostate tumor carries the potential risk of growing and spreading rapidly to other parts of the body.

Caregiver Story “Just because you’re diagnosed with prostate cancer doesn’t mean your life has to end.”

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What are the Treatment Options?

Men with prostate cancer have many treatment options, including:

Active Surveillance
Radiation Therapy
Hormone Therapy
Chemotherapy & New Therapies

These treatments may also be used alone or in combination with one another. The doctor should be able to describe the treatment choices, the expected results and the possible side effects of each treatment. The patient and the doctor should work together to develop a treatment plan. Before treatment starts, ask your doctor about possible side effects and how treatment may change your normal activities.

Supporting A Loved One With Prostate Cancer

You can have a big influence on how cancer patients deal with their disease.

You may face challenges and help address new concerns and problems that arise. Learn about being a caregiver and caring for someone with cancer.

We have compiled a list of cancer support communities and advocacy groups for additional support.

Any man who has been diagnosed with prostate cancer is appropriate for Prolaris testing.

Prolaris testing will allow you and your doctor to learn more about the aggressiveness of your loved one’s prostate cancer tumor. Based on the results of the Prolaris test, you will all be able to make a more informed decision on the course of treatment. Many men who have less aggressive prostate tumor growth can be successfully treated via active surveillance and not have to undergo surgery. Prolaris will help to guide you towards the most optimal treatment plan that’s tailored specifically to you.  

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