Many men living with advanced prostate cancer don’t feel comfortable asking for help, but just knowing you are there can mean so much to him.
Just as every prostate cancer patient is different, so is every caregiver. Give yourself permission to be whomever you are in his journey.
“I used to run ahead with an idea, or a decision… and then just wait for my husband to catch up with me. He always did, but understanding this helped me to be patient, and even laugh.”
Jan Manarite, Prostate Cancer International
You or your loved one may be curious about PROVENGE. Learn how PROVENGE has helped certain men with mCRPC live longer.
Educate yourself about prostate cancer and the available treatment options, including immunotherapy. Chances are your loved one is going to request—and respect—your input, so the more information you have, the more informed decisions you can make together.
Although there is no cure for metastatic castrate-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC), cutting-edge treatments are available for every stage of the disease. Learn how routine monitoring can help him take control of his prostate cancer fight and ensure that he gets the best treatment at every step of his journey.
From support groups to financial assistance, there are many ways to find resources for yourself and your loved one. If you scan down this page, you’ll find some advocacy groups specifically for caregivers.
Think about when to lead and when to let the patient lead. This is something that shifts constantly, but being aware of it can be helpful.
Make sure you get your own copies of his test results and medical records. Although they are full of medical words, you will find they can enlighten you on your research, and your development of questions for the next doctor appointment. Most doctors’ offices have online medical record portals. Ask the receptionist when you check in.
Learn about and use the term “shared decision making. ”It is the current thinking in medicine in general, and a newer way to say “patient empowerment.” This means the doctor shares the treatment decisions with the patient and caregiver, and vice-versa.
The Caregiver Action Network is the nation’s leading family caregiver organization working to improve quality of life for the more than 90 million Americans who care for loved ones with chronic conditions, disabilities, disease, or the frailties of old age.
A helpful resource that offers education and support for individuals with cancer and their caregivers.
A service of Prostate Cancer International that welcomes patients, family members, physicians, researchers, and anyone else who is seeking information about what's happening on Planet Prostate Cancer.
Offers support for spouses, partners, family, and caregivers of men with prostate cancer.
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PROVENGE® (sipuleucel-T) is a prescription medicine that is used to treat certain patients with advanced prostate cancer. PROVENGE is made from your own immune cells.
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Access this brochure to learn about PROVENGE and how it may help certain men with advanced prostate cancer (mCRPC) live longer.