Facing the tiger : a guide for men with prostate cancer and by Professor Suzanne Chambers

By Professor Suzanne Chambers

Prostate melanoma is now the commonest male melanoma within the western international, with the exception of non-melanoma epidermis melanoma. In Australia over 120,000 males live with a analysis of prostate melanoma. for every guy who has had prostate melanoma, there'll be humans shut who care approximately them, and love them, who're additionally deeply affected. This e-book offers functional options to aid deal with the emotional and mental stress  Read more...

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To me, at the time, surgery (radical prostatectomy) seemed to offer the best chance for survival. At this stage, some sixteen years later, it certainly appears to have achieved that — something for which I am decidedly grateful. However, after the prostatectomy in February 1996, I was left severely incontinent, to the extent where I was filling six incontinence pads a day during the first six months. I found that this was seriously impacting on my lifestyle, as well as my professional career, emotional health, exercise activity, sex life and relationships.

Understanding Coping In the previous chapter I talked about the importance of understanding your own personal coping style and taking a flexible approach. Do you have a typical approach to problems? How well does this approach usually work for you? Remember we have already talked a little about the two broad groups of coping approaches: problem solving or emotion focus. Problem solving applies strategies to solve the problem. This is an active approach that gets outcomes and helps you to move forward in a practical and tangible way.

Jim and Laura found that being patient and accepting each other as they are was crucial. For both couples, taking time to communicate about what was going on became central to their approach in managing the challenges of cancer as a team. Gordon I was diagnosed with prostate cancer in early 2004. My PSA was elevated —it was 20 — and after a course of antibiotics it was still going up. The next step was a biopsy that came back positive. Because my PSA was high, radiation therapy seemed a better option that surgery, and so I ended up having high dose brachytherapy, external beam radiation therapy, with a course of hormone treatment that went on for two years after treatment.

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