Prostate Cancer Post-Treatment

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Life after prostate cancer means returning to some familiar things and also making some new choices. Dr. Edward Hill gives some good advice for people after completing prostate cancer treatment in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Prostate cancer may be treated in many ways. Treatments include surgery, radiation therapy and hormone therapy.

After you have been treated for prostate cancer, there are several things you can do to stay healthy.

Follow up with your family physician or cancer specialist for regular prostate-specific antigen blood tests and digital rectal examinations.

Other cancers can sometimes develop after radiation treatment. Tell your doctor right away if you have any blood in your urine or stool.

Many people have urinary incontinence after treatment for prostate cancer. Talk to your doctor about treatment options.

Diet and exercise are important. You should do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week or 75 minutes of high-intensity exercise per week. Also eat a healthy diet including a variety of fruits and vegetables.

You may feel depressed or anxious after prostate cancer treatment. Talk about these symptoms with your doctor.

Partners of prostate cancer survivors often feel stress as well. Make sure to talk about these feelings with your partner.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.