Prostate cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer among men, second only to skin cancer, according to the American Cancer Society.
Thanks to advances in screening and treatment, the outlook for people with prostate cancer has greatly improved in recent years.
In fact, the 5-year survival rate for most men with local or regional prostate cancer is close to 100 percent.
However, receiving a prostate cancer diagnosis and navigating your treatment and care can be hard to do without proper support.
Here are some of the resources that can help you throughout your prostate cancer journey.
If you’ve been diagnosed with prostate cancer, it’s important that you meet regularly with an oncologist, or cancer specialist, to assess the progress of your treatment.
It can be particularly beneficial to see an oncologist who has experience treating people with your specific type of prostate cancer.
If you haven’t been seeing an oncologist, ask your primary care doctor or community cancer center for a referral.
You can also find oncologists who specialize in prostate cancer near you by searching an online database like the one operated by the Prostate Cancer Foundation.
A variety of factors may affect how much you have to pay out of pocket for your prostate cancer treatment.
Some of these include:
- the type of treatment you receive
- where you receive treatment
- how often you receive treatment
- how much of your treatment is covered by health insurance
- whether you’re enrolled in a financial support program
If you’re worried about covering the costs of your treatment, here are a few things you can do to help ease your financial burden:
- Talk to your insurance provider about whether there are changes you can make to your medical coverage to reduce your out-of-pocket costs.
- Ask your doctor if it’s possible to adjust your treatment plan to lower the cost of care.
- Speak to a financial counselor or social worker at your community cancer center to find out whether you qualify for any financial support programs, like Cancer Care’s Financial Assistance Program.
- Contact the manufacturer of your medications to see if you’re eligible for any patient discount programs or rebates.
You can find additional resources and advice on how to manage the costs of prostate cancer treatment through these organizations:
Living with prostate cancer can be stressful. You may start to experience feelings like anxiety, anger, or grief as a result of your diagnosis.
If you feel like these emotions are having a negative effect on your day-to-day life, ask your doctor for a referral to a mental health professional.
Connecting with others who are living with prostate cancer and understand what you’re going through can also help you cope. Try these options:
Several nonprofit and governmental organizations offer online resources for people living with prostate cancer.
For helpful information on the condition, check out these resources:
- American Cancer Society
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Cancer Institute
- Prostate Cancer Foundation
- U.S. National Library of Medicine
- Us TOO
- ZERO — The End of Prostate Cancer
You can also connect with an information specialist at the Us TOO Prostate Cancer Helpline by calling 800-808-7866.
Your healthcare team or community cancer center may also be able to share or recommend additional resources about prostate cancer, like:
- informational guides
Living with prostate cancer isn’t easy, but you don’t have to face your diagnosis alone. There are resources available.
These resources can help you manage the physical, emotional, and financial challenges of your treatment and connect you with other people who understand what you’re going through.
Remember: Support is just a phone call or email away.