Living with Prostate Cancer

Support Services

Learn more about the various support services offered to patients and their families at Roswell Park.

How we can help

Whether you are on active surveillance, in treatment, or have completed treatment, Roswell Park provides a full menu of services and support you may need after a diagnosis of prostate cancer.

Education & support for men on hormone therapy

Roswell Park sponsors a prostate cancer education group for patients who are being treated with hormone therapy. Each meeting features an expert discussing the latest treatment advances, diet, exercise, dealing with sexual side effects, integrative medicine options, ways to manage symptoms and other topics. The group meets six times a year, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Roswell Park. For more information, call 716-845-8665 or check our online calendar.

Survivorship & Supportive Care Center

Our Survivorship & Supportive Care Center can help you manage any side effects of your disease or treatment, including depression or fatigue. We can provide information and support if you want to quit smoking or need assistance dealing with issues related to sexuality and fertility or financial and legal matters. We also offer nutritional counseling, rehabilitation therapy and emotional support. When you’re done with treatment, we’ll create a personal Survivorship Care Plan to help you stay healthy into the future, with recommendations for your medical care that you can share with your other healthcare providers.

No matter how long it’s been since your diagnosis, you’re welcome to take advantage of our wellness programs, including acupuncture, massage therapy, guided meditation and yoga.

Genetic screening for prostate cancer

If you have prostate cancer, you should talk with your physician about your personal and family medical history to find out whether you should undergo genetic evaluation and testing. Between 5-10% of all prostate cancers are hereditary — caused by mutations in genes such as BRCA1, BRCA2, ATM, HOXB13, MLH1, MSH2 and MSH6, which can be passed along from generation to generation. Identifying a genetic cause for prostate cancer can help determine the best course of treatment for you, gauge your future risk for other cancers, and guide medical management recommendations for you and your family members.

Who is eligible for screening? Current guidelines set by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network indicate that all people with metastatic prostate cancer — as well as prostate cancer patients with a Gleason score of 7 or higher and a family history of prostate, breast, ovarian and/or pancreatic cancer — are candidates for genetic evaluation and testing.

Our Clinical Genetics Service can help you determine whether you and your family members are at increased risk for prostate cancer and other associated cancers. If so, they can provide information about strategies that could help you and/or your family reduce that risk.

Sexual Health Clinic 

Our Sexual Health Clinic treats patients and survivors who experience erectile dysfunction, urinary incontinence, hormone problems and other issues that can result from prostate and bladder surgery, long-term chemotherapy or radiation to the brain.