Reaching Out to Others for Support
You are not alone
You may find support from a variety of sources, including your family, friends, doctor, and treatment team. But have you considered joining a support group? Support groups provide the opportunity to spend time with other men who share similar experiences and can understand firsthand what you’re going through. Support groups offer you59:
- A chance to talk about your disease and ask questions
- Help dealing with practical problems, such as traveling to or from doctor visits
- Ways to cope with living with prostate cancer, such as how to share news of your disease with others
- A supportive environment to recognize positive milestones in treatment
Joining a support group gives you the chance to get to know other men with prostate cancer. Not all support groups meet in person. If you don’t like being with groups of people, or if you live in a rural area, you may want to consider an online support group.
What to ask before joining a support group
Before joining a support group, you may want to ask the contact person questions, such as59:
- How large is the group?
- Who attends the meetings (survivors, family members, types of cancer, age range)?
- How often does the group meet?
- How long are the meetings?
- How long has the group been together?
- Who leads the meetings?
- What is the format of the meetings?
- Is the main purpose to share feelings, or do people also offer tips to solve common problems?
Asking questions can help you decide whether the group you are considering will be a good fit for your individual needs and goals.59
Much of the lifestyle information found on Prostate.com is also featured in Promoting Wellness for Prostate Cancer Patients by Mark Moyad, MD, MPH. A co-director of the Men’s Health Program at the University of Michigan,
Dr Moyad is on the staff at the University of Michigan Medical Center, Department of Urology. He is the Jenkins/Pokempner endowed Director of Preventive and Alternative Medicine. Ask your healthcare provider about obtaining a copy of Dr Moyad’s book.