Prostate cancer occurs when a tumor develops in the prostate gland, which makes the liquid portion of semen. Cancer that spreads outside the prostate gland to the lymph nodes, bones, or other areas is called metastatic prostate cancer. Currently, no treatments can cure advanced prostate cancer. However, there are ways to help control its spread and related symptoms.
Treatments that slow the spread of advanced prostate cancer and relieve symptoms often cause side effects. Some patients, often...
It is not unusual to feel confusion, anxiety, guilt, stress, or
depression because of the changes in your body. These
psychological factors are often most troublesome after treatment ends.
Often the stress of being diagnosed with cancer and the treatment
that follows can cause stress in other areas of your life. This stress can
cause problems within your sexual relationships. Men who do not have partners
often stop dating altogether because they feel that a potential partner might
reject them because of their history of cancer.
These problems are not unusual and can be solved. Your doctor can
refer you to organizations that can offer support and information. Talk openly
about your concerns with your partner. If you are having problems being
intimate with your partner, discuss this with your doctor. You may also contact
your local chapter of the American Cancer Society to help you find a support
group. Talking with other people who may have had similar feelings can be very
Primary Medical Reviewer
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
J. Curtis Nickel, MD, FRCSC - Urology
June 21, 2010
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June 21, 2010
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