Support for prostate cancer

Having prostate cancer can have an impact on both yourself and the people close to you. We can help you to find the right type of support that works for you.

Speak with a cancer nurse

If you have any questions or concerns about your cancer diagnosis or if you would like more information about where you can get further support from a cancer support centre, call the Cancer Nurseline Freefone 1800 200 700 and talk to one of our specialist nurses confidentially, or email the nurses at cancernurseline@irishcancer.ie. You can also speak to a nurse in confidence at a Daffodil Centre.

Our webpages on living with prostate cancer give information and advice on how to manage and cope with the physical and emotional effects of prostate cancer. They also have information on helpful resources and where you can seek further support. 

Emotional support

If you need help or support to cope with the emotional effects of a cancer diagnosis call us in confidence on 1800 200 700, or visit a Daffodil Centre.

You can also read our web pages on coping with your emotions during and after cancer, or you may find it helpful to read these two booklets: Emotional Effects of Cancer and Who Can Ever Understand? They can be downloaded or picked up at a Daffodil Centre, or call the Cancer Nurseline if you would like a copy to be posted to you. 

Irish Cancer Society online community

Our online community is an online forum where you can discuss your prostate cancer concerns and experiences and also make contact with other men with prostate cancer for support. The online commnity is anonymous.

Local cancer support services

There are many cancer support centres and voluntary groups around the country that offer a range of practical and emotional support services. If you feel they could help you and your family, call our Cancer Nurseline Freephone 1800 200 700. The Nurseline can give you more information on counselling or support groups in your area.

Join structured educational and support programmes

Some cancer support centres run specific men’s cancer support groups or prostate cancer educational support groups where you can meet other men to learn more and share experiences about living with prostate cancer.

For more information on your nearest cancer support centre click here. You can also call our Nurseline on 1800 200 700 or visit a Daffodil Centre if you need help with finding a support group.

Support from other men with prostate cancer

Some men find it helpful to speak one-to-one with another man who has gone through a diagnosis of prostate cancer. The Irish Cancer Society offers peer support to men with prostate cancer. We can put you in personal phone contact with a volunteer who has been trained by the Irish Cancer Society and who is living with prostate cancer. 

Survivor Support volunteers are available to provide support and reassurance at a time when you are most in need of both. A referral to a Survivor Support volunteer can be arranged for you by calling our Cancer Nurseline on Freephone 1800 200 700 or visiting a Daffodil Centre.

Men Against Cancer (MAC)

MAC is the support group for men with prostate cancer. The organisation provides men and their relatives and friends with information, advice and emotional support from time of diagnosis and for as long as it is needed. This support group consists of volunteers who have had treatment for prostate cancer. 

Visit the MAC website (external link).

Supporting your relationship

The emotional and physical effects of a cancer diagnosis and of treatment for cancer can be difficult for both you and your partner, and can cause stress and strain in some relationships. If you need support with communication, maintaining intimacy or sexual issues see our sections on sexuality and prostate cancer and communication, intimacy and prostate cancer or contact one of the organisations listed below.

Relationships and sexuality support

This section lists a number of external links. We are not responsible for the content on external websites.

Relationships Ireland 

Relationships Ireland offers couples counselling or psychosexual therapy for couples who are affected by cancer, as well as general relationships and sexuality counselling:  For more information see www.relationshipsireland.com, email info@relationshipsireland.com or Lo-Call 1890 380 380.

Accord

Accord offers sex therapy for married couples who are experiencing problems in their sexual relationship. For more information see www.accord.ie, email info@accord.ie or call 01 505 3112.

Cosrt

Cosrt, the College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists, has information on sexual issues and contact details of accredited therapists in Ireland. For more information see www.cosrt.org.uk, email info@cosrt.org.uk or call 00 44 20 8543 2707.

Support for partners, family and friends

The diagnosis of someone close to you with prostate cancer can have a big impact on your life and you may need support and information too. Supporting someone with cancer may involve taking on further responsibilities and offering emotional and practical help while at the same time trying to deal with your own feelings. You can read more here about how to care for someone with cancer and also how to look after yourself. 

You might also like to read Lost for Words, our booklet on talking to somebody with cancer or another booklet, Understanding the Emotional Effects of Cancer. There are many cancer support centres and voluntary groups around the country that can help friends and family of people with cancer. If you feel they could help you and your family, call our Cancer Nurseline on 1800 200 700. The Nurseline nurses can give you more information on counselling or support groups in your area.

You can also visit a Daffodil Centre to speak to a cancer nurse. Click here to find your nearest Daffodil Centre.

Support managing money

Being diagnosed with prostate cancer can be a stressful time for both you and your family. Financial worries as a result of being out of work or extra expenses related to medical care can bring additional strain.  You can download our booklet Managing the Financial Impact of Cancer  for more information about entitlements, benefits and ways to cope with financial difficulties.

You can also see our section on managing money.  

Useful resources 

Note: Links to external websites are listed below. The Irish Cancer Society is not responsible for the content of external websites.

Resources outside of Ireland

Note: Links to external websites are listed below. The Irish Cancer Society is not responsible for the content of external websites.

Additional reading

  • The Prostate Cancer Book
    Jonathan Waxman
    Paperback 192 pages (February 21, 2002)
    Publisher: Vermilion
    ISBN: 0091857120
    Kindle Edition, Ebury Digital, 2010, ASIN: B004E10RE0)
     
  • Guide to Surviving Prostate Cancer
    Patrick Walsh Janet Farrar Worthington
    Paperback 576 pages (August 2012)
    Publisher:  Grand Central Publishing 3 rev upd edition
    ISBN:  1455504181
     
  • Prostate and Cancer: a family guide to diagnosis, treatment and survival
    Sheldon Marks,MD
    Da Capo Press INC 4th rev edition 2009
    ISBN:0738213470
     
  • Intimacy with Impotence
    (The couples Guide to Better Sex after Prostate Disease)
    Ralph and Barbara Alterowitz (May 2004) Kindle Edition 201I
    ISBN: 0738207896
     
  • Saving your sex life: A guide for men with prostate cancer
    John Mulhall
    (Kindle Edition, CIACT, Inc 2011, ASIN: B005AO8UIU)
     
  • Intimacy and sexuality for cancer patients and their partners
    This booklet can be downloaded from The Sexual Advice Association.