In-Home Prostate Cancer Care, Caregiver Services
A prostate cancer diagnosis is devastating to people of any age, especially older adults. However, having a live-in caregiver to provide care during this time, being in the familiar surroundings of home, and having a support system will go a long way in helping older adults navigate the challenges Prostate Cancer brings. FCP Live-In can assist in Prostate Cancer Care by helping seniors live independently in their homes. For more than 25 years, our agency has provided customized in-home care services to meet the specific needs of our clients. FCP Live-In services include:
Personal Care Services
- Help with bathing, grooming, dressing, and feeding.
- Help with toileting, incontinence care, and safe nighttime bathroom trips
- Help with mobility (walking, transfers)
- Medication reminders
Light Housekeeping Services
- Preparing meals
- Running errands
- Grocery shopping
- Light dusting, sweeping, vacuuming
- Changing and making beds
- Cleaning kitchens, bathrooms, and bedrooms
- Provide transportation to doctor appointments
- Accompany clients with recreational and social activities
- Engaging in purposeful conversations with clients
- Encourage exercise, as directed by a healthcare provider
FCP Live-In Cancer Care Pages For:
Lung Cancer Care
Prostate Cancer Care
Pancreatic Cancer Care
Hodgkins Lymphoma Care
Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma Care
FCP Live-In caregivers provide one-to-one in-home care that helps our clients improve their quality of life and remain in the security and comfort of their own homes. To learn more about how our Prostate Cancer Care services can help your loved one, call FCP Live-In today at 1 (866) 559-9492
Cancer of the prostate is the second most common cancer in men (after skin cancer), but it is often treatable successfully. Prostate cancer is a cancer that occurs in the prostate. The prostate is a small walnut-shaped gland in males that produces the seminal fluid that nourishes and transports sperm.
Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer. Many prostate cancers grow slowly and are confined to the prostate gland, where they may not cause serious harm. However, while some types of prostate cancer grow slowly and may need minimal or no treatment, others are aggressive and can spread quickly. Prostate cancer that’s detected early — when it’s still confined to the prostate gland — has the best chance for successful treatment.
Causes Of Prostate Cancer
Beyond your sex, your age is another factor beyond your control that may increase your risk of prostate cancer. “This tends to be a disease that occurs in older men,” says Ashley Ross, M.D., a urologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. This is due to abnormal cell growth in the prostate glands over time becoming more common. The American Cancer Society (ACS) recommends men speak with their doctors about screening for prostate cancer.
Justin R. Gregg, M.D., a urologist at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston says race is another risk factor for prostate cancer. The reasons for racial differences are unclear, says the American Cancer Society (ACS), but African-American men and Caribbean men of African ancestry are more likely to develop this cancer. It occurs less often in Asian-American and Latino men than in white men.
Family History is another risk factor of prostate cancer says Dr. Gregg. If your father or brother has had prostate cancer, your risk is doubled, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS). The risk increases even more the more relatives you have with a history of this cancer. Which points to a genetic factor.
“There are certain genetic factors, such as the HOXB13 gene, that can cause the development of any prostate cancer, and there are also genetic factors linked specifically to aggressive prostate cancer,” explains Dr. Ross. For example, he states, the BRCA2 genetic mutation, which many associate with breast cancer, also ups the risk of aggressive prostate cancer in men. This makes getting screened for prostate cancer even more important since early detection helps improve treatment outcomes.
Geographical location may also increase the chances that you will develop prostate cancer. Prostate cancer rates are higher in North America, Australia, the Caribbean, and northwestern Europe than in Asia, Africa, Central America, and South America. The reason for this is undetermined.
Some evidence suggests the food you eat can play a role in your prostate cancer risk, says the American Cancer Society (ACS). “There is still debate over some of these factors, but it appears diet can contribute to prostate cancer risk,” says Dr. Ross. “Diets that have a lot of charred meat are probably bad, as charred meat releases a carcinogen that can lead to some types of prostatic inflammation that may lead to prostate cancer.” .
Weight may also be a modifiable risk factor. “There is some evidence that height and weight, manifest by an elevated BMI (body mass index), is associated with increased risk of prostate cancer diagnosis,” says Dr. Gregg. “Therefore, maintenance of a healthy weight throughout life may decrease risk.” Besides healthy eating, exercising regularly can help combat this risk factor, according to Hopkins Medicine.
Factors that increase inflammation in your prostate (called prostatitis) may also have an impact on your risk of prostate cancer, says Dr. Ross. Samples of prostate tissue that contain cancer often show inflammation as well, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS), although their is no clear link and more research is needed.
Know Your Prostate Cancer Risk
While many factors that raise your chances of getting prostate cancer are things out of your control, like your age, race, and genetics, there are things you can do to improve your health and possible lower your cancer risk overall, such as eating a healthy diet and getting enough physical activity. Plus, knowing your risk factors, even if you can’t change them, could help you catch prostate cancer early when it’s most treatable, says Dr. Ross. That’s why it’s important to be proactive and talk with your doctor about your potential risk factors early so you can stay on top of your health.
Caregiving For Someone With Prostate Cancer
The Journal of Clinical Oncology reported that caregivers spend an average of 30 hours per week caring for patients with metastatic prostate cancer. Data from 707 patients from the United States and Europe were analyzed in the Disease-Specific Programmes database, including health-related quality-of-life assessments like the Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-Prostate (FACT-P). More than 40% of patients reported they had a caregiver, and most of those were their spouses or partners.
In patients with hormone-sensitive cancer (n = 376), caregivers spent 31.6 hours per week providing care, while in patients with castration-resistant prostate cancer (n = 331), caregivers spent 28.9 hours per week. According to the FACT-P subscales, patients with hormone-sensitive cancers scored 18.2, 14.7, 13.6, and 19.7 for physical well-being, while those with castration-resistant cancers scored 17.7, 14.0, 12.7, and 18.5, respectively. Patients with castration-resistant cancer reported the lowest HRQOL scores, while pain scores were the highest. In their conclusion, the researchers concluded that patients with metastatic hormone-sensitive prostate cancer and metastatic castrate-resistant prostate cancer have unmet HRQOL needs as well as a need for more caregiver support.
Residential Facilities Not The Best Options For Older Adults
Because of the many needs older adults with prostate cancer may have, family members might consider placing them in an assisted living facility or a nursing home. After all, family members who work have their own families and personal responsibilities and may find it difficult to care for their aging—and ill—loved ones.
But, residential facilities are expensive and staff members have a limited amount of time to spend with each resident. So, seniors may be left alone for long periods of time. What’s more, when a staff member does not come to work, other staff members must care for additional residents. Because of this, residents may have to wait their turn to get attention from a staff member This situation can be avoided when prostate cancer patients receive in-home care.
About FCP Live-In And Our Prostate Cancer Care Services
We have provided the ultimate solution for assisted Prostate Cancer Care services since 1997. Our live-in Prostate Cancer Care services agency is committed to providing a unique and customized In-Home Prostate Cancer Care services approach to senior care with the goal of a lifestyle that provides enjoyment for the one in care and families with peace of mind.
FCP Live-In is a Live-In Home Care company with over two decades of experience specializing in elderly care needs within the home. Our live-in caregiver staff provides an insurance policy of safe and supportive care, along with a 24/7 professional support system that is there for the client and the live-in caregiver at all times.
For more information about our Prostate Cancer Care services, contact FCP Live-In today at 1 (866) 559-9492 or please fill out the form below.