Mayo Clinic - Coping and Support
The Prostate Centre’s Psychosocial Support Program offers psychotherapy and emotional support to prostate cancer patients and their families. The service includes options for one-on-one psychological support as well as peer support from our excellent volunteers.
One-on-one counseling is available to help patients and their families deal with the shock, fear, and uncertainty associated with prostate cancer diagnosis or progression.
Patients may also receive guidance with treatment decision-making, resulting in a greater synergy between patient needs/values/desires and treatment choice. The Psychosocial Program Team has also developed bio-psychosocial interventions to help patients adapt to common side-effects of PC treatment (e.g. the Prostate Cancer Rehabilitation Clinic).
The Psychosocial Program Team has performed extensive research in the field of prostate cancer and its psychological outcomes. We know that prostate cancer can be distressing, as can the lifestyle altering side effects of treatment.
In order to offer comprehensive cancer care, we believe that the psychological wellbeing of our patients is as important to patients and their families as cancer control. Our approach to patient-focused care has been proven effective, and we receive multiple referrals each week.
The Prostate Centre Psychosocial Program is run by Dr. Andrew Matthew, a Psychologist in the Departments of Surgical Oncology and Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care. Individuals interested in these services must be receiving care for prostate cancer from a University Health Network physician. Referrals may be made from your physician’s office.