Um, why hasn’t anyone mentioned this before?
Prostate Cancer: Not Solely a ‘Man’s Disease’
While the disease affects only a man’s organs, his partner’s role should not be overlooked.
(S. Adam Ramin, M.D., US News) PROSTATE CANCER HAS long been thought of as a “man’s disease.”
And while it’s a simple anatomical fact that women will never have to worry about receiving their own prostate cancer diagnosis, they still very much share in the burden of the disease when a partner is diagnosed.
When anyone is diagnosed with cancer, it affects everyone who loves them.
The disease and its treatment(s) can have a significant impact on everyday lifestyle, quality of life and both physical and emotional well-being.
Of course, in the case of prostate cancer, the man will be directly affected by these changes – and this is in no way meant to downplay the life changes that will be required – but the women in their lives, experiencing everything alongside of them, can have the world as they know it turned upside down, too.
A prostate cancer diagnosis can be mentally devastating for both the patient and his partner and as treatment begins, many of these men’s spouses naturally assume the role of primary caregiver.
Responsibilities not only include making sure her loved one is as happy and healthy as possible, but also managing doctor’s visits, accompanying him to appointments, handling health insurance and keeping other friends and family updated.
This can pile on the stress, as someone who may need emotional support is all of a sudden in charge of supplying it for someone else.
In addition to emotional hardship, as men begin radiation, hormone therapy or even undergo a prostatectomy, there are physical changes that can result from these treatments.
If you are both partner and caregiver, you may witness your loved one suffering from fatigue, frailty and toileting problems – both urinary and bowel – as well as possible erectile dysfunction, or a loss in sex drive or ability. Read the full story at US News.
S. Adam Ramin, M.D., is a board-certified urologist and founder and medical director of Urology Cancer Specialists in Los Angeles. He is on staff at prestigious medical centers such as City of Hope National Medical Center and Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Dr. Ramin has performed over 1,500 laparoscopic and robotic procedures for prostate, kidney and bladder cancers, and he provides patients curative surgery that is extremely precise, preserves sexual function, has minimal blood loss, minimal pain and quick recovery.
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