The following educational materials have been developed based on the general experiences of many prostate cancer patients. Your particular experience may be different, so always refer to your doctor or health care team with any personal concerns. If you have any questions about what prostate cancer treatment services are covered by your health insurance, please contact your health care provider or health insurance provider.
You and your doctor may be talking about chemotherapy as a way to control your prostate cancer. These reading materials will help you better understand chemotherapy as a treatment option, as well as learning how to manage the side effects you may experience from chemotherapy.
You and your doctor may be talking about using radiation therapy, brachytherapy, or intensity modulated radiation therapy to treat your prostate cancer. It is important for you to learn about these treatment options so that you and your doctor can choose the type of therapy that will work best for you.
Dealing with Erectile Dysfunction
When you have treatment for your prostate cancer, you may have erectile dysfunction, also known as impotence, as a side effect. Side effects from prostate cancer treatment are different from one patient to the next, and may also be different from one treatment to the next. Some men have no erectile dysfunction.
The good news is that there are ways to deal with erectile dysfunction, and you can learn more here.
You and your doctor may be talking about using hormone therapy to control your prostate cancer. It is important for you to learn about hormone therapy so that you will know what to expect and how best to take care of yourself before, during, and after treatment.
To learn more, read Hormone Therapy and Prostate Cancer.
Kegel Exercises for Men
Kegel exercise is a simple way to help strengthen your muscles. This exercise will help you have more control over your urine flow after your prostate cancer treatment. To learn more, read Kegel Exercises for Men.
Dealing with Erectile Dysfunction (see above "Localized Prostate Cancer Topics")
Urinary Catheter Care
When you have prostate cancer you may need a urinary catheter to help your bladder or urethra heal or to help lessen the side effects from treatment. Read about Urinary Catheter Care
What is a Urinary Catheter?
These education materials were made possible by a grant from the California Department of Justice, Antitrust Law Section, from litigation settlement funds to benefit Californians diagnosed with cancer or their families.