Prostate Cancer and the Man You Love: Supporting and Caring by Anne Katz PhD RN FAAN; AASECT-certified sexuality

By Anne Katz PhD RN FAAN; AASECT-certified sexuality counselor

Prostate melanoma is the main generally clinically determined melanoma in males after dermis melanoma. even if this melanoma is very curable and such a lot males stay for a few years after remedy; basically eleven% of melanoma deaths are as a result of prostate melanoma. it really is popular that the unwanted effects of the therapy reason extra anguish than the ailment itself. uncomfortable side effects of surgical procedure contain incontinence and erectile problems; radiation remedy results in urinary and bowel difficulties; and androgen deprivation (hormone) remedy results in a large diversity of long term unintended effects affecting actual and emotional functioning.

But it isn't purely the guy who suffers via remedy and its unwanted side effects. The companions and spouses of prostate melanoma survivors are identified to event misery because the guy they love strikes in the course of the quite a few levels of prognosis, therapy, and survival. whereas prostate melanoma is a undefined’ affliction, there's a lot realization paid to the guy with melanoma and extremely little to the individual and his accomplice or wife, who's his best supporter and who usually struggles to make experience of what has occurred and why, and the way top to help and look after him.

Prostate melanoma and the guy You Love speaks to the loving partners/spouses of guys with prostate melanoma, no matter if quickly after prognosis, or later whilst the guy will get on with the remainder of his lifestyles. Katz comprises either the clinical details essential to knowing the sickness and primary hand money owed from melanoma sufferers and survivors and their companions. suggestions for conversation and challenge fixing, with either companions and overall healthiness care groups, are provided all through. somebody facing prostate melanoma will locate in those pages convenience and perception, in addition to particular suggestion for coping, therapeutic, and relocating ahead within the spirit of therapeutic and love.

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No more than one-third of the samples from biopsy should contain cancer. • No sample should contain more than 50 percent cancer. • The man should have a PSA test every three to six months. • He should have a digital rectal exam at the same time. • He should have a second biopsy one year after his first biopsy and every year or two after that. • If there is a significant change in his PSA at any time, another biopsy needs to be done. • If there is a significant change in the biopsy results (more positive samples or a higher Gleason score), then treatment should be offered.

I want to have the seed implant,” Brad explained to the doctor, whose face was red and whose arms were crossed over his chest, making him look like his old high school principal. “I know what my dad went through after his surgery, and I don’t want that to happen to me. And my brother hasn’t had an erection in a year, and they told him he’d be as good as he was before! So don’t try and persuade me about anything! ” The urologist shook his head and pulled out a form and began to tick the boxes.

James is sixty-five years old. He was not surprised when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer; his family doctor had been watching his PSA levels for more than five years, and they had been rising steadily. His third biopsy in as many years showed that he had prostate cancer. His initial response was panic, but the urologist told him to think about his treatment options after reading some material he was given and to come back in a month to talk about what he wanted to do. “My advice to you would be to just watch it for a bit,” Dr.

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