During any stage of
prostate cancer, there are things you can do at home
to help manage the symptoms of cancer or the side effects of treatment or both. If your doctor has given you instructions or medicines to treat symptoms or side effects, be sure to use them. Healthy habits such as eating right and getting enough
sleep and exercise can help control your symptoms and side effects.
Constipation. Make sure you drink enough fluids and eat fruits, vegetables, and
fiber in your diet each day. Do not use a laxative without first talking to
Sleep problems. Often, simple measures such as having a regular bedtime, getting some exercise during the
day, and having no caffeine late in the day can help with sleep problems.
Urinary problems. Home treatment for urinary incontinence includes eliminating
caffeinated drinks from your diet and setting a schedule of urinating every 3
to 4 hours, regardless of whether you feel the need. Try doing
pelvic floor (Kegel) exercises to strengthen your
Learning that you have prostate cancer and being treated for it can be very stressful. Find ways to reduce your stress.
You may want to talk with family or friends. Some people find that spending time alone is what they need.
Consider meeting with a counselor or joining a support group of others who have prostate cancer.
Your doctor may also be able to help you find other sources of support and information. Learning relaxation techniques, such as yoga or visualization exercises, may also help you reduce your stress.
Your feelings about your body may change after treatment. Dealing with your body image may involve talking openly about your worries with your partner and discussing your feelings with a doctor.