Prostate cancer survivors should be screened regularly for urinary incontinence and sexual dysfunction.
Patients with predominant urge incontinence symptoms, which can occur after surgical and radiation treatments, may benefit from an anticholinergic agent.
Surveillance of patients who choose watchful waiting for their prostate cancer should be conducted by a subspecialist.
Any hematuria or rectal bleeding must be thoroughly evaluated.
Some people say they appreciate life more after a cancer diagnosis and have gained a greater acceptance of themselves.
Others become very anxious about their health and uncertain of how to cope with everyday life.
Until you experience it yourself no one will be able to tell you what you will then understand.
Effective coping requires: Many survivors find it helpful to join an in-person support group or an online community of survivors.
This may be especially true as new worries and challenges surface over time, such as any late effects of treatment, emotional challenges including fear of recurrence, sexuality and fertility concerns, and financial and workplace issues.
Every survivor has individual concerns and challenges.
Torrey, who is both a physician and prostate cancer survivor, begins by describing the way in which his prostate cancer was gradually revealed to him and describes the actual moment of receiving the diagnosis.
The introduction sets the scene for locating Torrey's own illness within broader biomedical issues.