Living with prostate cancer
Living with prostate cancer is likely to have an impact on your emotional wellbeing as well as your physical health.
There is no right or wrong way to feel and many people experience a wide range of different emotions including shock, fear, guilt, anger and sadness.
Diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer can lead to a shift in your sense of identity, which can be difficult to deal with. For example, you may be unable to work or experience physical changes that affect your body image. It can also be an isolating experience and you may feel that those around you don’t understand.
These feelings are completely normal and they may continue or change over time. However, if you are experiencing symptoms of anxiety or depression, it is very important to speak to your GP and seek professional help.
Symptoms of depression include:
- Feeling low or sad for most of the time
- Feeling hopeless
- Losing interest in things that you usually enjoy
- Changes in appetite, sleeping patterns and concentration
- Having suicidal thoughts or feelings of harming yourself.