Coping emotionally with advanced prostate cancer

Hearing that you have cancer or that it has spread or come back again can feel devastating for you and your family. It is normal to feel a mix of emotions like shock, a deep sense of sadness and or worry, along with other emotions. It can be helpful to look for sources of support to cope with these difficult feelings. 

It can help to share your concerns with your doctor or nurse. They may refer you to other professionals who will help you find ways to cope in a supported way. Some hospitals have a psycho-oncology department, which specialises in helping you to cope with a cancer diagnosis. 
 
You could also visit your local community-based cancer support centre where you may have the opportunity to meet others, join groups, receive complementary therapies and/or arrange a ‘one-to- one’ appointment with a professional counsellor. 
 
Some therapies like relaxation therapy, stress management, meditation or yoga might help you to cope and feel supported. These are often available at cancer support centres. Find a support group near you. 
 
If you are finding it hard to understand your feelings or need help with talking to others about your cancer diagnosis it might be helpful to read these two books: Emotional Effects of Cancer (pdf, 2MB) and Who Can Ever Understand (879 KB)
 
If you forget to ask a question or would like more explanations or just wish to talk about how you feel call the Cancer Nurseline Freephone 1800 200 700 and talk to one of our specialist nurses confidentially and free of charge. Alternatively visit a Daffodil Centre if there is one in the hospital you are attending.
 

Call our Cancer Nurseline

Freephone 1800 200 700 to talk to a specialist cancer nurse.
It's open Monday-Thursday from 9am to 7pm and Friday from 9am to 5pm.

Date Last Reviewed: 
Monday, October 19, 2015
Date Last Revised: 
Monday, October 19, 2015