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A diagnosis of prostate cancer can be difficult to cope with emotionally. As well as the physical problems due to the disease and its treatment, it can also cause stress and anxiety which can lead to emotional, mental health and relationship problems.

Talking about feelings, emotions, concerns and worries can help, but sometimes you may find it difficult to talk to those you love the most. This is where counselling can help. It gives you the chance to talk to a trained counsellor or psychotherapist who will listen without judging or trying to impose their own opinions. A good counsellor can help you to:

  • Express your feelings
  • Work out your own answers to the problems you are facing
  • Accept your diagnosis and the side effects that treatment may bring
  • Face the future

But above all a good counsellor will really listen to your worries and support you through this difficult time

Counselling or psychotherapy?

  • The terms are used interchangeably
  • Both are also known as talking therapies

Types of counselling

  • Group therapy
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy
  • One-to-one counselling
  • Expressive therapy
  • Behaviour therapy

Finding a counsellor

Many GP surgeries employ their own counsellors. If not, they can usually provide a list of recommended counsellors in the local area.

The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy website has a search facility to find accredited therapists throughout the UK.

BACP website

N.B. AstraZeneca do not own the content of these websites/helplines.

GB-6242. Date of Preparation: Sept 2017