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Friends and family

There is a range of support that relatives and partners can provide including:

  • Finding information – the shock of diagnosis can make it difficult to take in what has been said at the consultation. Relatives can help you by finding the answers to questions and looking up information on the internet (make sure to only seek information on trustworthy websites). Asking them to take notes during future appointments might also help.
  • Giving emotional support – Simple things such as listening to your worries, talking through the options or just being there to comfort you will provide the reassurance you need to face dealing with your cancer. If talking about your prostate cancer with someone close to you is too painful, it may help to find a support group, counsellor or spiritual adviser whom you can talk to instead. If sex becomes a problem, partners can also help by finding other ways to be intimate and provide the security of a supportive relationship.
  • Providing practical support – Small gestures such as giving lifts to the hospital, helping out with normal household chores, sorting out finances and making sure that all the bills are paid can all help to ease the burden on you. Remember, you need to look after yourself and reserve your energy so you are best able to deal with your cancer, so sharing the load can help you feel more positive about your treatment.

Some information for your friends and family

Finding out that someone you love has prostate cancer can be devastating. Relatives and partners of men with prostate cancer often experience a raft of emotions including shock, fear, denial, anger and guilt. But as the diagnosis and what it means sinks in, providing the practical and emotional support outlined above will help to reassure him that he will not have to face prostate cancer alone.

Support and care

For more information on supporting and caring for friends and family, visit:

  • GaysCan (helpline)
    • Confidential helpline providing information, support and advice for partners and friends of gay men living with prostate cancer | 020 8368 9027 | 10am-7pm except Sundays

Carers UK

Carers Direct

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

GB-6242. Date of Preparation: Sept 2017