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It’s common for people to experience anxiety or depression due to prostate cancer; and it’s not confined to only the man with the disease. Prostate cancer can have a negative psychological impact on the caregiver/wife or partner of the man with prostate cancer, as well as his family members and close friends. A cancer diagnosis of any type triggers a wide range of initial reactions and emotions. While in some instances, it can be relief, a more typical response may include sadness, loss, fear, guilt, stigmatization, embarrassment, anger or disappointment.

Many men who are diagnosed with prostate cancer, or are managing the disease, experience some level of anxiety and/or depression, which can vary depending upon many factors including the stage of the cancer, treatment, and the impact treatment side effects have on quality of life.

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Source: US TOO

Us TOO is a nonprofit organization that provides educational resources and support services to the prostate cancer community at no charge