Prostate Cancer Survivorship
You may or may not identify as a cancer survivor. Choosing to or choosing not to call yourself a prostate cancer survivor is a very personal choice and yours to make. Wherever you are in your prostate cancer journey, survivor, cancer survivor, and survivorship are words you will hear at some point.
“Cancer Survivor” is defined differently by different people, groups, agencies, etc. At ZERO, by our definition, survivorship begins at the time of a cancer diagnosis. We encourage you to define survivorship the best way for you. There are several different aspects to survivorship and most frequently they address the topics listed below.
- Life After Treatment
- Managing Long Term Treatment
- Long Term Side Effects
- Survivorship Care Planning
- Recurrence and Fear of Recurrence
Pick and choose what you want to learn about but mostly be empowered to take care of yourself wherever you are in your prostate cancer journey.
Survivorship is about creating strategies to help you and other men diagnosed with prostate cancer to live with, through, and beyond a diagnosis. There are more than 2.9 million prostate cancer survivors in the U.S. today and there is hope for a long healthy life after prostate cancer.
In ZERO’s patient education survey, more than 77 percent of men diagnosed with prostate cancer identified well or very well with the statement “I am a prostate cancer survivor.”
After a prostate cancer diagnosis, a man’s priorities regarding relationships, career, or lifestyle may change. Some people with a history of cancer say that they appreciate life more and have gained a greater acceptance of self. At the same time, some survivors also become anxious about their health and uncertain of how to cope with life after treatment, especially when regular visits to doctors stop.
From the time you are diagnosed with prostate cancer, you can begin to take charge of your health and take steps to maintain or improve your health. Cancer treatment can be hard on the body and many of the side effects of prostate cancer treatment may stay with you for a very long time. Learn how you can take care of your self before, during, and after treatment as you adjust to your new normal.
ZERO and UsToo partnered in this webinar to explore the clinical and emotional aspects of living beyond prostate cancer treatment. Featured speaker urologic oncology nurse practitioner Meredith Morgan, ACNP-BC, drew on her clinical experience at the New York Presbyterian Hospital to discuss topics such as erectile dysfunction, urinary incontinence, and the possibility of recurrence. We were also joined by Senior Vice President of Research and Training at the Cancer Support Community, Dr. Joanne Buzaglo, PhD, who spoke on managing the emotions and psychosocial effects of survivorship.
This webinar took place on August 5th, 2015. Click here to see the recorded webinar.