Whether he’s your husband, father, grandfather, or friend, he needs your support. This section will review some things you can do to help your loved one—as well as yourself—as you go through this challenging time.
How you can help him every day
- Keep track of doctor’s appointments
- Offer to go with him to take notes and ask questions
- Drive him to and from the doctor’s appointments
- Make sure he gets plenty of rest
- Offer to run errands or do chores so he conserves his energy
- Help him maintain a healthy diet to boost strength and tolerate side effects
- Join him in exercise, which helps fight cancer-related fatigue, stress, and depression
- Emphasize the importance of following the doctor’s instructions
How you can help him emotionally
- Be compassionate, because he may feel stressed or depressed
- Discuss your fears, because it may encourage him to discuss his own
- Be on the lookout for signs of depression or anxiety, which includes anger and sadness
- Find a prostate cancer support group
How you can stay strong for him
- Take care of yourself
- Don’t try to do everything yourself—let others help you and ask for help!
- Talk to a friend, family member, or professional counselor if you need support for yourself
Have an honest conversation
Many men don’t want to talk about these issues. Try to have a conversation with your partner about your sexual relationship.
- What was it before?
- What is it now?
- How can you each find satisfaction?
- Can we consider our options—medications, implants, or devices?