Receiving a prostate cancer diagnosis can be a daunting experience, but with the right approach, it is possible to navigate this challenge successfully. Here are smart tips to help manage your diagnosis and confidently move forward.
While hearing you have prostate cancer can be devastating, staying calm is essential. Today, the outlook for men diagnosed with this disease is better than ever. Thanks to early detection, improved treatments, and new medications, prostate cancer survival rates have risen to 98 percent. Almost all men will survive it and likely die of another cause.
Regarding major health diagnoses, seeking a second opinion is advisable. The purpose is to reassure you that the diagnosis is correct and to compare if treatment options are available before making a quick decision.
Just like preparing for a major sporting event or interviewing for a new job, the more you know about the topic, the better will usually follow. Whatever treatment your urologist recommends, learn as much as you about this option. Ask your doctor questions, ask for resources to read about, or request to speak with other patients who have had the procedure for their insights and opinions. Ask, what are the side effects, and how will this impact my life if I proceed forward with a particular treatment?
An essential part of navigating a new prostate cancer diagnosis is learning about the qualifications and credentials of your oncologist, urologist, surgeon, and any medical team taking care of you. Ask pertinent questions such as their skill levels, how often have they performed the procedure, and how many men with prostate cancer have they treated. Knowing this information will help you feel comfortable and confident in your medical team.
Simply talking to other men currently battling or have battled prostate cancer can be valuable for several reasons – for support, their perspective, and their wisdom of firsthand experience.
Seek out support from others who have gone through a prostate cancer diagnosis. This can include joining support groups, attending counseling sessions, or simply talking to friends and family who have had similar experiences. A support network can help you feel less alone and more empowered to take control of your health.
While disheartening, a cancer diagnosis is not an automatic death sentence. For men with prostate cancer, the vast majority will beat it back. But, you must learn to advocate for your health. Learn to invest the time and energy to make informed choices from treatments to which doctors will treat your disease. Ask questions, take your spouse or significant other to medical visits, and be prepared for every visit.
Honest, transparent, and open communication with your healthcare providers is necessary to manage prostate cancer successfully. Your medical team is there to help you and will be able to offer valuable advice and guidance throughout your treatment. Be sure to ask questions, express any concerns, and work collaboratively with your healthcare team to develop a treatment plan that is right for you.
Adopting healthy lifestyle changes is another valuable option for improving your overall health and well-being. This may include adopting a healthier diet, exercising regularly, and reducing stress through meditation or other relaxation techniques. A holistic approach to healthcare can support your body’s ability to fight cancer and improve your quality of life.
Finally, remember to stay positive and keep a hopeful outlook. While a prostate cancer diagnosis can be difficult, it is important to remember that many men successfully manage their diagnosis living long, healthy lives. By staying informed, seeking support, and taking an active role in your treatment, you can navigate this challenge with confidence and optimism.
Dr. David Samadi is the Director of Men’s Health and Urologic Oncology at St. Francis Hospital in Long Island. He’s a renowned and highly successful board certified Urologic Oncologist Expert and Robotic Surgeon in New York City, regarded as one of the leading prostate surgeons in the U.S., with a vast expertise in prostate cancer treatment and Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopic Prostatectomy. Dr. Samadi is a medical contributor to NewsMax TV and is also the author of The Ultimate MANual, Dr. Samadi’s Guide to Men’s Health and Wellness, available online both on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Visit Dr. Samadi’s websites at robotic oncology and prostate cancer 911.
Next, seek out support from others who have gone through a prostate cancer diagnosis. This can include joining support groups, attending counseling sessions, or simply talking to friends and family who have had similar experiences. Having a support network can help you feel less alone and more empowered to take control of your health.