This booklet is for men who have been diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer. It contains information to help you understand your diagnosis and your options for treatment and care. It may also be helpful for your family and friends to read this booklet.
There are different ways that men may find out that they have advanced prostate cancer. They may have gone to see their doctor about prostate cancer because they were having symptoms or there’s a family history of prostate cancer. For others, they may have lived with prostate cancer for a while, and even after receiving treatment, the cancer has progressed and spread to other parts of the body.
In Australia, prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men. It is estimated that in 2014, about 21,000 Australian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, accounting for approximately 30% of all new cancers in men.
‘I feel you should be told the works, not beat around the bush and be given very little information, ... I need to know the facts.’
When you have been diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer, it can make you feel alone. Taking time to learn as much as possible about your cancer and your options will help you feel more informed and help you make the important decisions about your treatment and support you may need.
Men with advanced prostate cancer can live long, active and full lives with appropriate treatment. But the cancer will change your life and the life of those who love you. To adjust to these changes, you may need to find out about:
- where to get information about advanced prostate cancer and its treatments
- the treating health professionals likely to be involved in your care
- what and how to get the support you need
- how to talk to your partner, family and friends
- where to meet others with advanced prostate cancer.
Other booklets in this series and the organisations and services listed at the end of this booklet can provide further assistance with these issues.