Talking With Your Loved One About Their Cancer
If you're a caregiver or have a loved one with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC)* (prostate cancer that is resistant to medical [eg, hormonal] or surgical treatments that lower testosterone and has spread to other parts of the body) you know how difficult this disease has been for him. You've helped your loved one through the ups and downs and have encouraged him to keep fighting. Now you may be wondering what the next step is.
*mCRPC is a type of advanced prostate cancer
Encourage Your Loved One to Talk to His Doctor About ZYTIGA®(abiraterone acetate).
Your loved one may be reluctant to explore another therapy. His previous therapies may have been challenging. He needs to know about the effectiveness, possible side effects and expense of any treatments the doctor may be recommending. You can help.
- Talk with him about the risks and benefits of ZYTIGA® and if it may be right for him.
- Encourage your loved one to schedule an appointment with his oncologist or urologist specifically to ask if ZYTIGA® is right for him. Prepare for his doctor visit with our Doctor Discussion Guide.
- Provide your loved one with information about ZYTIGA® by showing him the information from this website and getting our free Prostate Cancer Information Kit.
When Your Loved One Is Being Treated with ZYTIGA®
You've been with your loved one every step of the way on this journey. You can help with this step in his treatment, as well.
- Help him stay on his treatment schedule for ZYTIGA® plus prednisone by using helpful tools like the Medication Tracker to remind him to take his medication.
- Download a FREE app that can provide encouragement, medication reminders and two-way messaging to share progress reports with your healthcare provider or caretaker.
Learn how he can get treatment support and help managing out-of-pocket expenses through ZytigaOne® Support.
- Watch our step-by-step video, "How to Take ZYTIGA®".
- Get the ZytigaOne® Support Brochure presenting the many resources available from ZytigaOne® Support.
Remember to Take Care of Yourself
Caring for a loved one with mCRPC can be challenging, both physically and mentally. Remember to take care of your own needs, too.
- Visit the Prostate Cancer Research Institute (PCRI) website to learn more about your options for Prostate Cancer.
- Call the Helpline at 800-641-PCRI (7274) or send an email if you need to talk to someone about your options.
- Visit the Advocacy Connector website to find and contact the advocacy groups most relevant to your needs. All you need to do is enter information about your illness and the types of advocacy groups you want to learn more about.
- My Prostate Cancer Roadmap® is a website intended to support you, whether you have advanced prostate cancer or love someone who does, with a wide range of information and resources all along the way.
- Find help. Don't carry the burden on your own. Schedule time off for yourself.
- Visit your doctor regularly. Your health is important, too.
- Reach out to other caregivers. They understand what you're going through and may be able to offer support.
- Connect with friends. They may want to help, but don't know how. Let them know you need them.
- Pay attention to your own feelings.