Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers in men around the world. It affects the prostate gland, a small gland located near the bladder that is responsible for producing seminal fluid.
WHO IS IT FOR?
Men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer.
POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS
In addition to common risks associated with surgery, erectile dysfunction and urinary incontinence are possible long-term side effects.
Radiotherapy side effects include: loss of pubic hair, nausea, vomiting, pain during urination, frequent urination.
Undergo thorough diagnostic tests.
Follow pre-op guidelines if you are undergoing surgery.
Arrange for some help at home whilst you’re undergoing treatment.
Whilst undergoing surgery, you will be placed under general or local anaesthesia.
During your radiotherapy sessions, it may be comforting to have a loved one or caregiver to wait out for you.
Adhere to post-op guidelines put forth by your surgeon.
Follow up with any suggested tests or examinations recommended by your doctor.
If you are suffering from any side effects of radiotherapy, ask your physician if they can provide any additional support.
Rest as much as possible, and try to keep your stress levels low. These will help speed up your recovery.
Spend time with family and friends. You can also seek out emotional support through professional counsellors or a support group.