PC RESOURCES & ARTICLES
Below you'll find a collection of web based articles related to prostate cancer & recovery, organized under the following headers:
Other great places for dedicated Prostate information and answers:
Prostate Cancer Survivors and Caregivers Network
Prostate Cancer Wives - Talk & Support Group
Prostate Cancer Support Group
Mr. 80 Percent- Sexual Dysfunction
I. CANCER TREATMENTS
II. DYSFUNCTION: Bladder / Bowel /Sex
III. CATHETER/ CATHETER MANAGEMENT
IV. AFTER SURGERY CARE
VI. CAREGIVERS/HOME PREPARATION
IX. CANCER FORUMS & CHAT
I. PROSTATE CANCER OVERVIEW & TREATMENTS
Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 11/2019
Learn about the different types of treatments doctors use for men with prostate cancer.
From the NIH - National Cancer Institute, explore the links on this page to learn about prostate cancer treatment, prevention, screening, statistics, research, and more.
Medical News Today provides MD reviewed information on prostate cancer:
ARTICLES - PODCASTS – YOUTUBE
What to know in detail about PC
Getting a second opinion.
Early detection screening for PC
Importance of getting a PSA
Prostate Cancer & You Podcast
https://masspcc.org › page › podcast
What happens after a prostate cancer diagnosis? - YOUTUBE
Information from the American Cancer Society on common prostate cancer surgery approaches.
Southern Illinois University has compiled this helpful Q&A on radial prostatectomy.
Cancer Treatment Centers of America shares information on radiation treatment, clinical trials, risk and common side effects.
Information from the American Cancer Society on hormone therapy treatment, potential side effects and more.
More information and detail from the Mayo Clinic regarding hormone therapy treatment.
Information from the American Cancer Society on chemotherapy, potential side effects and more.
From the Prostate Cancer Foundation, information on common side effects associated with prostate cancer treatment, as well as specific treatment related side effects.
Overview of the four (4) phases of the prostate cancer treatment journey:
2. The catheter
4. Erectile functionality.
Also provides a table of symptoms, issues, and resolutions
The American Cancer Society provides insight into the practical aspects of starting treatment for your cancer, such as finding the right health care team and dealing with financial and insurance issues. You'll also find lists of questions you should ask, as well as interactive tools you can use to learn how cancers like yours are typically treated.
II. DYSFUNCTION: Bladder/Bowel/Sex
This Vanderbuilt Medical Center resource provides information on walking, controlling pain, bowel slowdown, heartburn, spasms & swelling and driving restrictions after a prostatectomy, as wells as a helpful guide to managing a Foley catheter, including functional diagrams.
SMSNA/AUA 2016 - Center for Reconstructive Urology and Men's Health, University of Utah
Continence NZ explains urinary incontinence resulting from prostate cancer treatment, the pelvic floor and introduces pelvic floor muscle training (Kegel Exercises)
From Prostate Cancer UK:
For practical tips read our How to manage urinary problems guide.
Watch Paul's story for one man's experience of managing urinary problems after prostate cancer treatment.
According to this article from the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, bowel symptoms are not an expected side effect of prostate cancer surgery. However, for some men, the side effects of treatment involving the bowel will require further support and help.
This Prostate Cancer Foundation post gives basic information on bowel dysfunction related to prostatectomy and radiation therapy.
From WebMD: What to expect, penis rehab, medical treatments, healthy habits and your approach.
From the WebMD archives (1999)
III. CATHETER/ CATHETER MANAGEMENT
A medically reviewed article from Drugs.com with clear and succinct information on the Foley catheter, managing the equipment and how to handle issues that may come up.
Helpful fact sheet for patients and caregivers from Intermountain Healthcare.
From Cleveland Clinic, this article describes the process for attaching, removing, and cleaning urine drainage and leg bags.
This is just one valuable post from Livingwithacatheter.com that may make your catheter experience more manageable. There's also a forum on this site and a series of articles that you may find helpful.
Good catheter management information from the Western Australian Department of Health.
From Elizz.com, for caregivers supporting a patient with a urinary catheter, this article provides catheter care tips that will help reduce the risk of problems and highlight concerns that may need assessment by the patients' health care provider.
IV. AFTER SURGERY CARE
This article from VeryWellHealth highlights potential problems to be on the look out post-treatment.
Overview of the phases of the prostate cancer treatment journey, plus a table of symptoms, issues, and resolutions.
A quality overview of what to prepare for after surgery, from Alberta Health Services, including a good primer on icing.
From UC Irvine's Dr. Thomas E. Ahlering, this article on post-op care includes information on leaving the hospital, when you get home and a good list of things you might encounter after surgery.
This blog thread from Cancer Research UK gives a few different perspectives on what to expect after your catheter is removed.
V. COMPLICATIONS / PAIN
This Seattle Cancer Care Alliance resource gives an overview of the side effects of prostate cancer treatment.
James Eastham, Chief of Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Urology Service, explains the side effects of prostate cancer surgery and clarifies how a number of factors specific to each patient affect his overall risk of complications.
The American Cancer Society explains what options are out there for patients whose initial treatment did not result in a full cure or who are dealing with recurrence.
WebMD gives a valuable rundown on various fungal infection types, symptoms and treatment.
Clotrimazole for treating penis / scrotum fungal infection
WebMD provides an overview of Clotrimazole (brand name Lotramin) -- commonly used to treat skin infections such as athlete's foot, jock itch, ringworm, and other fungal skin infections (candidiasis).
This Healthline article helps patients identify diaper rash and provides treatment & recovery advice.
This follow-up article from healthline provides an overview of diaper rash symptoms, causes, treatment and prevention.
Contributors discuss a wire range of prostate cancer related issues.
VI. CAREGIVERS/HOME PREPARATION
From the Urology Care Foundation, this guide provides stories and insight to support caregivers support as they accompany patients on their prostate cancer journey.
This Cancer.org resource helps loved ones and caregivers navigate the sometimes challenging decision making landscape.
This Cancer.org resource helps you understand the disease process and provides guidance on the first questions that you and the patient should be asking the doctor and/or the cancer care team.
Valuable resources, information and support for caregivers from Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
VII. HEALTH / EXERCISE / WALKING / DIET / KEGELS
UW Health outlines the importance of walking early after surgery.
Virginia Mason delves into why exercise important after prostate surgery.
Walking Logs, Journals, Calendars, and Apps to Keep You Moving Forward
From Healthline: There’s some research to suggest that diet may help prevent prostate cancer. This article seeks to answer the question - what effects do the foods you eat have on people already living with prostate cancer?
The Mayo Clinic illuminates the benefits of Kegel exercises and a guide to doing them correctly.
This WikiHow article provides a step by step overview of how to approach Kegel exercises.
HealthPrep offers an rundown on why stretching on a regular basis can make a difference.
VIII. STRESS / PSYCHOLOGY / HOLISTIC HEALING
Marc B. Garnick, M.D., discusses what biochemical recurrence means and what your options are on the Harvard Health Blog.
A brief article from ASCO Post / American Society of Clinical Oncology with information on prostate cancer treatment, stress and coping strategies.
The City of Hope blog provides patients a succinct overview of the adverse effects of prostate cancer / treatment, as well as and avenues available to address these impacts.
Subtle Symptoms of Chronic Stress- 15 chronic stress indicators
Article from Naturopathic Doctor News and Reviews (NDNR) explains stress and stress management techniques.
From the University of Minnesota, Earl E. Bakken Center for Sprituality and Healing, this article gives a broad overview of alternative therapy approaches.
This Youtube guide provides a short & simple gentle yoga practice that can help relieve neck and shoulder stiffness.
From the Headspace blog (guided meditation app), this post gives an overview of the potential benefits of a establishing a mindfulness practice and tips for practicing.
This VeryWellHealth articles gives a succinct definition of meditation and highlights the potential benefits for patients who are experiencing depression, anxiety, stress, chronic pain or other adverse side effects.
Health Journeys - an online resource providing guided meditation for cancer patients - discusses the power of meditation, yoga and mindfulness in helping cancer patients manage side effects, fears, and distress and support their bodies’ built-in, self-healing abilities.
From DoYogaWithMe.com, this prostate cancer specific track is one of many resources available for patients to explore and utilize in their recovery process.
This post from InnerHealthStudio.com provides links to a variety of readable narratives which aim to decrease anxiety, manage anxiety symptoms, and cope with panic attacks.
IX. CANCER FORUMS / CHAT
This chat thread from CancerResearchUK offers insight into the prostate cancer treatment recovery experience from a range of patients who have been there.
This chat thread from CancerResearchUK offers insight and support related to the caregiver experience.
This article from MakeUseOf.com provides links to a short list of websites and forums with contributions from medical professionals.
From Advanced Tissue: surgical wound healing is a complex process that you can take steps to improve throughout your recovery.
Helpful FAQ rundown from Georgia Anesthesiologists.