Psychological Well-being

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Communicating with prostate cancer patients: Psychosocial profile and determinants of seeking psychosocial care
Prostate cancer patients often express needs for supportive care, even though they are not frequently participating in supportive care activities. We studied the psychosocial care needs in relation with the intention seeking psychosocial care in order to improve the communication with the prostate cancer patients about the best fitting psychosocial care. - Published in 2015
Information needs of early-stage prostate cancer patients: A comparison of nine countries
Prostate cancer is the fifth most common cancer world-wide with large increases in its incidence in the last 25 years. With the advent of Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) screening, in particular, the majority of the newly diagnosed cases have early-stage disease. Thus, ensuring that patients with early-stage prostate cancer feel informed would benefit a substantial and increasing proportion of men with cancer world-wide. - Published in 2010
Men with prostate cancer: influence of psychological factors on informational needs and decision making
Studies indicate that men with prostate cancer (MPC) adopt passive roles in cancer management; however, increasing public awareness of prostate cancer and advocacy by MPC and their allies suggest otherwise. This study looks at the information that is important to MPC; their preferred participation in decision making; and the influence of sociodemographic, disease, and psychological factors on information needs and decision preferences. - Published in 2000
Why Attend a Support Group?
Prostate Cancer Support Oakville/Mississauga
Why Attend a Support Group/ Seven Steps to make your journey easier? A Support Group is intended to offer a comfortable environment to ask questions and process your feelings concerning your Prostate Cancer. You will benefit from shared practical experiences of how others dealt with their difficulties.
Cutting Edge Research to Help People Living with Cancer Sleep Better
Dr. Sheila Garland, Memorial University
Garland regularly works with individuals diagnosed with cancer and their families to manage the psychological effects of the cancer diagnosis and its treatment. On her website, you can also find current research participation opportunities.
Psychology Has a New Approach to Building Healthier Men
The Atlantic
This is a short article about the new American Psychological Association guidelines for men dealing with traditional masculinity. Hopefully, these guidelines help doctors see their male patients as a little more human.
Books and Suggested Reading for Partners of Prostate Cancer Patients
Partners in Prostate
Partners in Prostate, an online forum and nationwide support group, provides a select collection of books that have come highly recommended for partners of prostate cancer patients. Click on an image of a book to learn more or be taken to a site where you can purchase or download it.
The Science Behind Meditation
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
This page describes the health benefits of meditation. Meditation and mindfulness practices may have a variety of health benefits and may help people improve the quality of their lives. Recent studies have investigated if meditation or mindfulness helps people manage anxiety, stress, depression, and pain
The Benefits of The Prostate Cancer Patient Empowerment Program (PC-PEP)
Dalhousie University
According to a study of Nova Scotian men, a new program to help cancer patients and survivors take charge of their physical and mental health after prostate cancer treatment has dramatically reduced psychological distress. *Published February 2023
Mental Health Spotlight: Facing the Stigma of Prostate Cancer
Talking about your sexual health can be a vulnerable subject but you shouldn't feel embarrassed or ashamed. This article outlines the importance of speaking up about your health. There is a lot of stigma surrounding the discussion of prostate cancer but breaking down the barriers to testing and treatment saves lives!
Cancer and Fatigue Video Series
My Health Alberta
​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​People with cancer often have fatigue. It is the most common symptom. It is not like normal fatigue. Cancer-related fatigue does not get better with rest or sleep. Some things can help with cancer-related fatigue. These videos will give you helpful tips to live well despite having cancer-related fatigue. Patients and cancer experts created this video series.
Living Your Best Life With and Beyond Cancer: Video Series
My Health Alberta
​​​​​​​This video is part of the Cancer Transitions series from CancerControl Alberta. This video contains presentations from 3 healthcare professionals (an oncologist, a researcher looking at physical activity for cancer patients and survivors, and a psychologist exploring what it means to "Live well") and​ 1 cancer survivor.
Men with Prostate Cancer Talk About Shame and Stigma
Myovant Sciences - Youtube
Talking about your prostate can feel like a very private matter. But for men living with prostate cancer, it can be important to talk openly and have a safe space to do so. In this video, men from diverse prostate cancer support groups come together to talk about the need to talk with your peers.
5 Proven Coping Mechanisms Prostate Cancer Diagnosis
Prostate Cancer 911
Here is a quick video detailing 5 common coping mechanisms used by prostate cancer patients
Removing men’s stigma of prostate cancer
Prostate cancer 911
Dr David Samadi addresses the 3 common themes expressed by men with prostate cancer and how certain views may add to the stigma surrounding the disease.
Who Am I After Cancer? The label you choose may be the key to healing.
Psychology Today
Studies have shown that how you define yourself following cancer treatment is important step in psychological healing. In general, patients who identify as 'cancer survivors' rather than 'victims' have a better quality of life. However, how you chose to identify is a personal decision and should reflect your individual goals and values.
Emotional Support
BC Cancer Agency
This webpage has links to a number of emotional support resources on topics such as anxiety, depression, managing stress, breathing and sleep.
Emotional Facts of Life with Cancer
Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology
This booklet discusses professional support and counselling types and contains a patient self-assessment questionnaire.
Accepting the Diagnosis
Canadian Cancer Society
Gentle guidance on how to psychologically cope with a cancer diagnostic.
Advanced cancer – Living Well
Canadian Cancer Society
Tips on coping with an advanced cancer diagnosis and living well.
How You Can Help Someone with Cancer
Canadian Cancer Society
This pamphlet provides you with tips on how you can help someone with cancer.
Life After Treatment
Canadian Cancer Society
This booklet will help you prepare for life after cancer treatment. It provides tips on managing one's expectations after cancer treatment and talks about changes in weight and eating habits and more.
General Information on Living with Cancer
Canadian Cancer Society
This resource provides general information for those who have been diagnosed with cancer.
Men, let’s talk mental health: common barriers and how to tackle them
Canadian Immigrant
Societal attitudes and the stereotype that men don’t talk about feelings or they are not “manly” if they express them is hurting men’s mental health. Because it is easier for men to acknowledge physical symptoms rather than emotional ones, their mental health problems are often only heard of when they are in crisis, have trouble with the law or after a suicide.
Taking care of your emotional health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Tips on taking care of your emotional health and helping children cope with COVID-19.
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