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The Emotional Toll of Prostate Cancer

The Emotional Toll of Prostate Cancer

05 Sep 2023 by Ted Escobedo   2 min read

A prostate cancer diagnosis is life changing. In 2020 survey was conducted to gain a better understanding of what men and their families go through while facing prostate cancer.
More than 1,100 men completed the survey and provided a unique look at the emotional toll of the diagnosis.
The diagnosis has a physical, emotional, and financial impact on those living with it.
Survey results show that many men feel they lack support as they battle prostate cancer. Many survey respondents shared that they have experienced emotional or mental health symptoms since their diagnosis.
While the physical symptoms and side effects of prostate cancer are often talked about, the diagnosis also has a variety of emotional and mental aspects. About 58 percent of survey respondents shared that they have noticed emotional and mental changes due to their prostate cancer. Changes often experienced include:
• Anxiety
• Depression
• Stress
• Loneliness/isolation
• Fear
• Increased feelings of anger and/or frustration
• Panic attacks
• Feeling hopeless or worthless
• Insomnia
• Inability to focus
• Society anxiety
• Loss of intimacy
It is important to note that only 33 percent of survey respondents said they have talked about the emotional and mental effects of their diagnosis with their healthcare team.

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