Side Effects

Before you choose a treatment plan, it’s important to ask your doctor(s) about possible side effects, and for tips and resources to manage them throughout the treatment process.

It helps to learn more about the possible side effects that you may experience from treatment(s) before you begin, so you will know what to expect. When you know more, you can work with your health care team to manage your quality of life during and after treatment. 

There are effective and readily available medications to address traditional side effects from cancer treatment (such as nausea, diarrhea, constipation and mouth sores.) 

Keep in mind that everyone reacts differently to treatment and experiences side effects differently. Always tell your doctor about uncomfortable problems such as erectile dysfunction, pain, nausea, fatigue, incontinence and bodily changes that impact your sense of self. These things are common and can be managed.

Recovery after prostate cancer depends on the type of treatment, spread of disease and other factors. Follow-up care after treatment for prostate cancer is important. Don’t be afraid to seek emotional support. No one can do it alone, and no one has to. Social workers and counselors who specialize in cancer are available to provide discrete personal guidance. There are places to go for free support groups, information, and opportunities to talk with other men who’ve had similar experiences.