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Preparation and Recovery

Pre-Treatment Conditioning

To set the stage for optimal personal recovery from prostate cancer and/or treatment, you will want to work towards establishing the best health possible for your unique situation. Health is a state of complete mental, physical and social well being -and pre-treatment fitness. Fitness is the ability to meet the demands of a physical task (such as recovering from surgery or radiation therapy).  

  Men preparing for surgery and/or radiation therapy may benefit from learning and regularly practicing pelvic floor exercises prior to treatment. Learning these prior to treatment may make re-establishing muscle control after treatment easier, and other benefits have been generally reported by men practicing these irrespective of undergoing treatment for prostate cancer.

Most cancer treatment facilities have or have access to registered dieticians, physical therapists, and social workers who can further support a comprehensive approach to preparation and recovery from prostate cancer treatment.

According to findings presented at the American Association for Cancer Research Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research Conference, as little as 15 minutes of exercise a day can reduce overall mortality rates in patients with prostate cancer. Another study by researchers at UCLA's Jonsson Cancer Center and UCLA's Department of Physiological Science suggests that A low-fat, high-fiber diet and regular exercise can slow prostate cancer cell growth by up to 30%. Whatever treatment you choose, your own body can be one of your best weapons for fighting cancer.  

 If you will be undergoing androgen deprivation therapy, you may want to look specifically at resistance exercises as studies have shown that this form of exercise reduces fatigue and improves quality of life and muscular fitness in men undergoing treatment.

Recovery Resources: Click here for a listing of side-effect management tips. Additional detailed resources for specific common side-effects are listed below.
Incontinence/Urine Leakage   Erectile Dysfunction/Impotence   Bone Health Resources from UsToo International:

Beyond these resources, you can look for tips from experienced survivors for preparing, recovering, and generally adjusting to life as a prostate cancer survivor. Click here to connect with PCCNC's Statewide Survivor Network . Click to download the University of Michigan's guide to family communication for men with prostate cancer, and visit our caregiver resource section for additional resources to assist with family communication and support.

Click here for information about programs for financial assistance.

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The information and opinions expressed on this web site are not an endorsement or recommendation for any medical treatment, product, service or course of action by the Prostate Cancer Coalition of North Carolina or its officers and directors. For medical, legal or other advice, please consult appropriate professionals of your choice.

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