As an African American man, your odds of developing prostate cancer have been shown to be higher than that of other ethnicities. Worse yet, many men aren’t diagnosed until the disease is in its late stages. While you’re undergoing treatment, it’s essential that you know how to take care of yourself and manage late-stage prostate cancer.
Let’s look at the major ways you can ensure that you’re taking care of your physical and mental health while dealing with advanced prostate cancer.
Manage The Side Effects Of Your Treatment
Regardless of the type of treatment that you’ve been prescribed, you’ll be dealing with side effects that vary from mild to severe. While discussing your treatment with the doctor, make sure to ask about how you can effectively manage these issues.
In some cases, home remedies or over-the-counter medications can help but there may be times when you’ll need your doctor’s intervention. As an example, many men who undergo hormone treatment can get hot flashes, which are easily treated with cold compresses at home.
Stay As Active As You Can
With everything going on, exercise might be the last thing on your mind. However, being physically active is vital to overall wellness.
It helps your body to function effectively, boosts your mood, and helps sleep well.
The good news is that you don’t need to find the most strenuous exercise out there to get these benefits. Swimming, hiking, walking, and riding a bicycle are great options.
Of course, it’s best to talk to your doctor before you start a new exercise routine.