Living with prostate cancer

This page provides an overview of many of the aspects of living with prostate cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body.. For more in-depth information use the links that have appeared in the menu on the left-hand side.

Prostate cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body. and its various treatments all have an effect on your general health and mental wellbeing.

You might be finding it difficult to get back to the way your life was before cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body. was diagnosed. You may have to have regular check-ups for some years afterwards to make sure that problems do not return. If the cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body. does return, further treatment and tests will be needed.

Many men who have been successfully treated still need to overcome new problems, such as incontinenceThe involuntary passage of urine or faeces. or being unable to get an erectionThe enlarged, rigid state of the penis during sexual arousal..

Nevertheless, many men who have had prostate cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body. still lead active and fulfilling lives.

Getting back to normal and follow-up

Most men who have had prostate A gland that surrounds the urethra near the bladder. It produces a fluid that forms part of the semen. surgery should be able to return to work within six to eight weeks, although this will depend on the physical demands of your job. Driving a car is possible around four weeks after surgery. Although full penetrative sex is not advised for the first eight weeks after surgery, that doesn't mean that you cannot safely enjoy an erectionThe enlarged, rigid state of the penis during sexual arousal.. A healthy balanced diet is important to facilitate a speedy recovery and for future good health. After any treatment, you will need regular check-ups to ensure that your treatment has been successful. Learn more

Using a catheter

A urinary catheterA tube used either to drain fluid from the body or to introduce fluid into the body. is used when you cannot urinate by yourself. This sometimes happens as a result of prostate cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body., or following treatment. Learn more

Integrated therapies

Integrated therapies may help many people with cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body., for example by alleviating the side-effects of conventional medical treatment. Self-administered acupressureA complementary therapy derived from acupuncture, which uses finger pressure rather than the fine sterile needles used in acupuncture. can help to prevent nausea following chemotherapyThe use of chemical substances to treat disease, particularly cancer., and small studies have suggested that acupunctureA complementary therapy in which fine sterile needles are inserted into the skin at specific points. might alleviate fatigue and symptoms such as hot flushes. Other integrated therapies that may be helpful include relaxation techniques and hypnotherapyAny form of psychotherapy that uses hypnosis.. Learn more