Follow up

Once you have completed treatment you will still need to be monitored closely by your doctor. It is natural to worry about the cancer coming back and to have anxiety about follow-up testing; however, it is important not to let this stop you from attending your regular appointments.
To help speed your recovery from prostate cancer, it's helpful to know about some self-care you can do at home. Note, however, that these are general guidelines and may not apply to every patient. Always follow your doctor's specific instructions for care after treatment.

Incision Care
The incision should be kept clean and dry for one week after surgery. Take sponge baths instead of showers.
Do not go swimming until you have discussed this with your doctor at your follow-up appointment.

Pain Relief
Your doctor will prescribe medication for pain relief after the procedure. Do not take aspirin or products containing aspirin for the first three days after the procedure.

Skin Care
After the procedure, the area may be black and blue for a few days. You may feel numbness, tingling, or discomfort. For pain, you can take a mild pain reliever. One week after surgery, you can take a warm shower, which may also provide comfort.

Fatigue, or extreme tiredness, is common among people treated for cancer. Exercise can help reduce fatigue and has also been shown to reduce stress and improve mental health.
However it is imperative to consult your doctor before resuming any physical activity.

The side-effects of prostate cancer treatment can make you nauseous, affect your sense of taste, reduce your interest in eating food, or result in weight gain that is hard to lose.
Remember that most of these side effects will improve with time. Many people find eating smaller portions every two to three hours helps them feel better. You could seek the advice of a dietitian who can tailor a meal plan to your side-effects. Limiting alcohol and maintaining a healthy weight and diet may also lower your risk for secondary cancers as well as improving your overall health.
Infection is a concern for people living with cancer, especially during times when the immune system is weak. Handling and storing food safely is an important precaution to reduce exposure to unsafe germs and bacteria.
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