Posted on: 15 Sep 2023
Curious about what's true and false when it comes to navigating your prostate cancer journey? Check out these mythbusters below to find some answers!
Clinical Trials are Never an Option for Patients.
Myth. Clinical trials are research studies that test new treatments or learn how to use existing treatments better. Clinical studies aim to find the treatment strategies that work best for certain illnesses or groups of people. For some patients, taking part in a clinical trial may be an option.
Clinical trials follow strict scientific standards. These standards help protect patients and help produce reliable study results. All of the approved treatments used to treat or cure cancer began in a clinical trial. Talk to your doctor to see if a clinical trial is an option for you.
Appropriate Exercise May Help.
Truth. Exercise may improve your physical and emotional health. It may also help you manage your weight, maintain muscle and bone strength. Always talk with your doctor before starting or changing your exercise routine. If approved by your doctor, men may want to strive to exercise about one to three hours per week. Cardiovascular exercise and strength/ resistance training may be good choices. Physical exercise may help you to reduce anxiety, improve energy, improve self-esteem, feel more hopeful, improve heart health, reach a healthy weight, boost muscle strength and maintain bone health.
Managing Prostate Cancer is a Team Effort.
Truth. Cancer care consists of a team of doctors and health professionals from many areas who work to create a treatment plan that is right for you. These “team leaders” who help treat prostate cancer include a urologist, radiation oncologist and an oncologist. A cancer care team can include other specialists like nurse practitioners, nurses, nutritionists, social workers and rehabilitation specialists. Each team member plays a role in your cancer care journey.
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