• Prostate Cancer

    Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Care

    Prostate Cancer Support Services and Follow-up Care

    We understand that a prostate cancer diagnosis can be emotionally challenging, and that treatment can be physically demanding. When you become a patient at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center (DF/BWCC), our medical, nursing, and support teams make sure you receive the best and most complete care every step of the way.

    As a DF/BWCC patient, you and your family members have access to an extensive array of support programs and services that address issues you may face before, during, and after your treatment.

    For a full list of our support services, as well as contact information, download Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center's Supportive Resources brochure. 

    Finding support and managing side effects

    Sexual concerns

    Treatment for prostate cancer often raises questions about your sexual health and relationships. DF/BWCC offers private, expert counseling and education to help you and your partner manage any sexual health concerns or issues that arise before, during, or after cancer treatment.

    Find out more about our Sexual Health Program.

    Fertility

    Prostate cancer generally occurs in older males. However, if you are concerned about having children after cancer treatment, we encourage you and your loved ones to consider sperm banking (freezing sperm and storing it for later use) before surgery or radiation.

    Find out more about fertility issues for men after cancer treatment.

    Fatigue and depression

    Fatigue can be a symptom of prostate cancer, as well as a common side effect of its treatment. Coping with a diagnosis and new physical changes can be overwhelming. Our Adult Psychosocial Oncology Program team is here to help you manage fatigue, depression, and other stresses that may result from your diagnosis or treatment. Maintaining the best quality of life for you and your loved ones is our goal.

    Pain management and care

    Palliative care is often misunderstood. Many associate it with end-of-life care or “giving up” — especially with a serious health diagnosis like cancer. However, palliative care is best explained as an extra layer of support that helps reduce the symptoms, pain, or stress often associated with illnesses. Early on, it can help make medical treatments more tolerable. At later stages, it can reduce suffering, help you carry on with daily life, assist you in planning for future medical care, and provide support for those living with a life-threatening illness.

    The experts at the Adult Palliative Care Program at DF/BWCC provide comfort and coping mechanisms for all prostate cancer patients.

    Counseling and social work

    Our licensed social workers are here to help you and your loved ones face the various familial, psychological, and emotional concerns that follow a cancer diagnosis. We offer practical support and assistance, and consider the needs of each patient and family.

    Find out more about these and other services provided by our Adult Social Work Program.

    Integrative therapies

    We recognize that a cancer diagnosis and treatment may be stressful and life changing. At the Leonard P. Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies at Dana-Farber we offer additional, integrative therapies — also known as complementary therapies — to improve your quality of life. These therapies range from acupuncture and massage to nutritional guidance and music therapy. Research has shown that when used in conjunction with your traditional treatment, these therapies can improve your mental health and ease cancer-related symptoms.

    Find out more about the Leonard P. Zakim Center.

    Nutritional guidance

    DF/BWCC has one of the largest outpatient oncology nutrition departments in the country. Our nutritionists are registered dietitians, skilled at handling your nutrition needs at any stage of cancer. They help you manage side effects of treatment, such as loss of appetite or nausea, assist with weight loss or gain, and answer your questions about the latest findings on cancer nutrition.

    Find out more about our nutrition services.

    A road map for living well

    Survivorship care

    Follow-up services are provided through Dana-Farber Cancer Institute's Adult Survivorship Program, a member of the LIVESTRONG Survivorship Center of Excellence Network.

    The Adult Survivorship Program provides clinical care and services, including research that focuses on finding solutions for living well after cancer. The Adult Survivorship Program is one facet of our commitment to providing multidisciplinary medical care after cancer treatment.

    Certain treatments or procedures for prostate cancer patients may result in physical changes that may require some lifestyle adjustments, such as impotence or incontinence. Your prostate cancer physicians will help you get the medical attention you need at DF/BWCC for these issues and more.

    Find additional information, resources, and support for living well beyond cancer.

    Follow-up testing

    Your relationship with your prostate cancer team at DF/BWCC will likely continue after coming to the Lank Center, as it is important to monitor your prostate on a long-term basis, as well as address any side effects from treatment. We may recommend follow-up tests at our Center or with your primary care doctor. Patients who undergo hormone therapy will continue seeing their DF/BWCC treatment team for follow-up testing and comprehensive care.

    Explore additional programs and services for our patients and their families at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women's Hospital. 

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