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Psychological wellbeing in advanced prostate cancer

It can be very challenging if your treatment doesn’t go to plan, your cancer spreads or your cancer comes back. 

If you have advanced or recurrent prostate cancer your symptoms and treatments can make you feel more down and emotional than usual. You might feel drained, tired and unwell. You may have good days and bad days. Take your time and don’t force yourself to be over positive, there is no right or wrong way to feel. If you are having a lot of down days and your emotions are affecting your everyday life, there is help available. 

Talk to your doctor, a member of your healthcare team or a PCFA nurse on 1800 22 00 99. They can provide you with more information and support or refer you to a professional, like a counsellor a psychologist or the PCFA counselling service, where you can talk freely and confidentially and develop strategies to cope with your emotions. You may also find it helpful to join a prostate cancer support group where you can talk to people who know what you are going through.    

You can also learn more about supporting your psychological wellbeing by following the link to: Psychological Wellbeing in the Health & Wellbeing section of your toolkit. 

Learn about other resources and support available to you by following the link to: PCFA Nursing & Support

If you are feeling distressed call a PCFA Nurse on 1800 22 00 99 or if you need urgent help, call Lifeline on 13 11 44 or Beyond Blue on 1300 22 46 36

Key points

  • It can be challenging looking after your psychological wellbeing when your cancer spreads, returns or treatments don’t go to plan
  • There are health professionals and other support options for you if you feel like you aren’t coping
  • Talk to your healthcare team and/or a PCFA nurse for more support and resources
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