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Managing Prostate Cancer as a Caregiver

Prostate cancer is a cancer that effects older men, most being over the age of 50, and develops in the prostate gland that is responsible for the thick fluid that carries semen. Prostate cancer develops slowly, making early detection difficult, however about 85% of men in America are diagnosed at an early stage, making treatment and the potential eradication of the cancer itself much more possible. Once prostate cancer has reached advanced stages, it is almost impossible to treat, and must be closely watched to increase chances of effective treatment. Cancer at these advanced stages has usually spread to other parts of the body and already begun reeking havoc on organs, bones, and other vital bodily tissues.

Itís important for someone diagnosed with advanced stages of prostate cancer to have a caregiver, and itís an excellent way of managing and coping with this serious form of cancer. Without a caregiver, a patient could get overwhelmed and lost in all the responsibilities that come with dealing with cancer, and the stress could further the spread and shorten the lifespan of the patient.

Caregivers have many important responsibilities when it comes to taking care of a man with prostate cancer. Caregivers are usually there every step of the way with patients, and do such tasks as cooking and preparing meals, and driving the patient to hospital visits. Caregivers are also sometimes responsible for staying informed about vital information regarding the health of the patient, and they can act as a sort of bridge between the man with cancer, their loved ones and the ones providing the health care. Caregivers can often give much needed emotional support to the patient with prostate cancer, and oftentimes may be put in charge of such responsibilities as managing finances and housework that the patient may be unable to complete.


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