Don’t Allow Prostate Cancer to Drive You and Your Partner Apart

Don’t Allow Prostate Cancer to Drive You and Your Partner Apart
Living & Loving with Prostate Cancer Every month, I hear from men who tell me their marriages ended after they were diagnosed or treated for prostate cancer. After hearing the same story from dozens of men, I assumed a direct relationship existed between a prostate cancer diagnosis and divorce. I searched for an hour but couldn't find a study in the United States about the divorce rates among prostate cancer patients. Then I realized I was asking the wrong question. Too many variables exist. For example:
  • Are divorce rates different among men who recover their erectile functioning versus those who don't?
  • Are the divorce rates different among men who recover urinary control versus those who don't?
  • Are the divorce rates different among men who use alcohol or drugs to self-medicate their depression versus those who don't?
It's safe to say a prostate cancer diagnosis is stressful for any relationship because it's inevitable that unwanted changes will occur before, during, or after treatment. Based on my experiences, as well as the input I've received from hundreds of couples, few couples are prepared for the way a cancer diagnosis will affect their relationship. It is possible, and highly desirable, to perform a relational tune-up as you face the realities of living with prostate cancer. I
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Rick Redner received his master’s degree in social work from Michigan State University. He has spent many years working as a medical and psychiatric social worker He is the author of the award winning book I Left My Prostate in San Francisco-Where's Yours? His second book Everything You Never Wanted to Know About Erectile Dysfunction and Penile Implants won the Beverly Hills International Book Awards in Men's Health in 2016. Additionally, the book was a winner in the 2017 IAN Book of the Year Awards.

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