A collaboration between Us TOO International and Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization
Supported by an educational grant from AstraZeneca
While men are not typically as open as women might be regarding personal health issues, weíve learned that men donít want to face prostate cancer treatment choices alone Ė they want their partner to help them make these decisions.
A Partnerís Program Guide is intended to encourage and enable men and women to work together to fight the battle against prostate cancer.
Until recently, however, there has been no prostate cancer resources designed specifically for men and their partners. To address this need, Us TOO International Prostate Cancer Education and Support Network and Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization have come together to create
a Partnerís Program Guide, which provides educational resources to help men with prostate cancer and their partners face this life-changing diagnosis together.
And this initiative could not have come at a better time. A recent survey commissioned by Us TOO and Y-ME found that almost 70 percent of men 50 years of age and older want their partner to play a role in helping them choose their prostate cancer treatment. The survey also found that nearly 50 percent of men with prostate cancer wished they had considered their partnerís opinions more carefully when selecting a treatment option.
Indeed, research shows women tend to be more proactive about health issues, particularly when it comes to getting second opinions and researching different treatment options. However, according to Us TOO/Y-ME survey, less than 50 percent of men diagnosed with prostate cancer got a second opinion, and almost 32 percent had never heard of hormonal therapy, an important prostate cancer treatment option.
If this knowledge gap shows anything, it is that there is a pressing need to provide prostate cancer education and information resources that men and their partners can both use. To address this, Us TOO Y-ME have teamed up to create
a Partnerís Program Guide. This exciting new initiative is a collaborative approach between men with prostate cancer and their partners, and is designed to help them face this life-changing diagnosis together.
Still, a Partnerís Program Guide is just the beginning. When it comes to education, prostate cancer is in roughly in the same place breast cancer was ten to fifteen years ago. Therefore, it is critical to take what has been learned from the progress made in breast cancer education and support and apply it to prostate cancer.
- Arm yourself with knowledge on your diagnosis and possible treatments.
- You are not alone Ė enlist your partner and loved ones to help you fight the battle.
- Work with your partner to advocate for the most appropriate treatment options available.
- Talk with your doctor(s) about concerns you both may have.
- If you want more information, seek it out. Consult education/support resources such as Us TOO and speak with other prostate cancer patients about their experiences.
- Keep the lines of communication open as you share your feelings about the illness.
- Accept that you may each find a new meaning in life as you deal with this disease.
Prostate cancer can be a physical and emotional challengeónot just for men, but for their significant others as well. As partners in this battle, you can be a strong team in this fight, and together you can both make a difference.