Prostate Cancer and the psychological impacts
Prostate cancer is one of the most common diagnosed cancers in men. In 2017, from all new cancer diagnoses, 23% were prostate cancers. Treatment can vary depending on the stage of cancer and type of cancer. 95% of men survive this type of cancer.
Many men are experiencing difficulties with accepting the diagnosis, undergoing treatment and living with the possible consequences of the surgery, radiotherapy or hormone therapy.
Depression and anxiety are common mental presentations. Fearing your future, distress, feeling down, insomnia are all common symptoms and part of the adjustment process. Most men also experience sexual problems after surgery (erectile dysfunction, arousal problems, orgasm problems, reduced libido). This is very common. The sexual rehabilitation takes time and practise!
Seeing a professional to discuss your worries and learn how to adjust to your new circumstances and options.
Data from Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Who can benefit from a session?
Adjusting to a cancer diagnosis is very personal. Everyone responds to it differently. Some people cope well in the beginning and the effect will be noticeable later on. Some people experience difficulties straight at the beginning and can't seem to cope. Others are quite capable all the way through. Adjusting to bad news and a changed life perspective is challenging and occurs in different stages.
If you are feeling anxious, overwhelmed, in a bad mood or feel hopeless toward the future, please contact us to help you cope better in this process.
What to expect?
In a first session, Selma will listen to your story of cancer and your treatment process. She will understand your specific circumstances or struggles and will help you to understand your responses better. She will help you with advice and strategies in how to improve your symptoms and feel better.
Peer support has always been a good addition to individual sessions. Your cancer treatment centre can inform you about the options for peer support. You can also have a look on these websites for more information: www.cancersa.org.au or www.prostate.org.au