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How can palliative care benefit patients with advanced prostate cancer?

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Palliative care extends far beyond the physical. Experts can recommend support groups and counselors to help you manage depression, fear, and anxiety. They can also help you open the doors of communication with your partner to talk about sensitive issues like sex. Chaplains and other palliative care professionals can discuss spiritual or religious issues. They can even help you achieve lifelong goals. Your health may not be the only thing on your mind. You may also be worried about having enough money and navigating the insurance maze. You might need legal advice about wills and advanced directives. Members of your palliative care team can offer assistance directly or can tell you where to get financial and legal help. They can also tackle transportation and housing issues if you have family members visiting from out of town. Palliative care can also help your family, friends, and caregivers manage their stress.

SOURCES:

getpalliativecare.org: "Prostate Cancer and Palliative Care."

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "ASCO Recommends Palliative Care as a Part of Cancer Treatment," "Palliative Care," "Prostate Cancer: Treatment Options," "Caring for the Symptoms of Cancer and its Treatment."

National Cancer Institute: "Palliative Care in Cancer."

Prostate Cancer UK: "Advanced Prostate Cancer -- Managing Symptoms."

MD Anderson Cancer Center: "Easing symptoms, fulfilling wishes at the end of life."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on December 13, 2016

SOURCES:

getpalliativecare.org: "Prostate Cancer and Palliative Care."

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "ASCO Recommends Palliative Care as a Part of Cancer Treatment," "Palliative Care," "Prostate Cancer: Treatment Options," "Caring for the Symptoms of Cancer and its Treatment."

National Cancer Institute: "Palliative Care in Cancer."

Prostate Cancer UK: "Advanced Prostate Cancer -- Managing Symptoms."

MD Anderson Cancer Center: "Easing symptoms, fulfilling wishes at the end of life."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on December 13, 2016

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