It is important to learn to use as many resources as possible as we take our trip through the treatment processes for advanced prostate cancer. Many of us limit ourselves to just our doctor and perhaps their office nurse or Physician Assistant. The reality is that there are many other individuals who can make out journey less difficult.
Oncology social workers are trained to counsel survivors and their families who have been affected by cancer. They help survivors access practical assistance, they can provide individual counseling, support groups, locate services in your community that help with home care or transportation and guide you through the process of applying for Social Security Disability or other forms of assistance.
Psychiatrists are medical doctors who specialize in helping people who are depressed and/or anxious. Being diagnosed with cancer takes a toll on all of us. Being depressed and anxious is a reasonable and common response experienced by many of us. Feeling this way is not shameful, but is a normal human response to this diagnosis. Because psychiatrists are medical doctors, psychiatrists often prescribe medication, such as antidepressants or medication to help you sleep.
Psychologists are professionals who can assist you if you are feeling depressed, anxious, or sad about your diagnosis or treatment side effects. While not medical doctors, psychologists have obtained a Ph.D. in psychology and many specialize in various forms of counseling. It is my believe that the best way to deal with depression and anxiety is to see both a psychiatrist and a psychologist simultaneously.
Nurses have a wide range of skills and they are usuall