Prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment can have a significant impact on your life and emotional wellbeing. Oftentimes men are shocked by their diagnosis and are fearful of treatment failure, cancer recurrence and death.
Even when the oncologic outcome of treatment is successful, patients may experience distress related to treatment side effects. For example, aggressive treatments like surgery, radiotherapy and hormone therapy often cause decreased sexual function, which can be disruptive to a man’s self-esteem and relationship with his partner. Most men experience some degree of emotional distress due to their prostate cancer. If this distress is prolonged and you would like some help managing it we offer a wide range of support services here in The Princess Margaret Prostate Centre.
The PCRC at the Prostate Centre is designed to address the changes in sexual and urinary function that affect the majority of men following radical prostatectomy. It is based on a systematic biomedical erectile rehabilitation program in conjunction with psychosocial counselling. To read more, visit the PCRC page in this site.
The Psychosocial Support Program is led by the Prostate Centre’s “in-house” registered psychologist and offers psychotherapy and emotional support to prostate cancer patients and their families throughout the entire disease trajectory. One-on-one counselling is available to help patients, couples and families deal with the shock, fear, and uncertainty associated with a diagnosis.
There are a wide range of community support programs for cancer sufferers. The Community Support Groups section describes a few in the GTA, and provides links to their websites where you can find out more about the services they provide.