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September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Posted by Brian Shevel on 25 September 2014

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness month, and as the top provider of home care services in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area, Home Care Assistance - Toronto/York Region is a leading provider of awareness about this disease since it typically affects elderly men.

There are a number of events scheduled around the GTA for drawing awareness to prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men. For a complete list of events, head to Prostate Cancer Awareness' web site or contact us for a complete list of events in your area.

As part of our home care services in Toronto, we can also send one of our workers to your loved one's home if they need extra help following their prostate cancer surgery and you do not have time to help them.

Treatment for prostate cancer can range from chemo or radiation therapy right up to having the prostate removed. Regardless of the type of treatment your loved one has undergone, they will need time to recover. Our live-in home care services in Toronto also provide companionship, not to mention that having someone to help around the house is highly recommended.

Often, men who have undergone treatment for prostate cancer may experience side effects, such as incontinence and depression. Having someone to talk to, as well as help with any accidents that may arise, can help the patient to deal with the feelings that they're experiencing, such as a loss of dignity. Our home care services in Toronto help our clients with recovery for many types of surgery, including procedures for prostate cancer.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, many men report feeling just fine after undergoing treatment and push themselves too far in an attempt to return to their regular routine. As part of our home care service in Toronto, we will make sure that your loved one isn't pushing themselves too hard and are following recovery procedures properly.

Prostate cancer kills up to 30,000 men in America alone, and in Canada, it's the third-most diagnosed type of cancer amongst men, causing 4,000 deaths every year.

If you or a loved one is about to undergo surgery for prostate cancer, it is recommended that you stop taking aspirin and other anti-inflammatory drugs 10 days before surgery to reduce the risk of excess bleeding. Also make sure that you or your loved one stop taking any type of herbal supplement a week before the surgery.

You or your loved one may also be asked to donate one or two units of your own blood in case you need a transfusion during the surgery. In addition, the surgeon will likely put you or your loved one on a liquid diet the day before the surgery.

The recovery period following prostate cancer surgery is typically two to three days, and once you or your loved one are at home, they'll need to take extra care to make sure they're taking proper care of their catheter, keeping the incision clean if they had their prostate removed, and managing their pain medication properly. Home care services in Toronto from Home Care Assistance Toronto/York Region specifically look after patients' needs following prostate cancer treatment.


Woolston, C., "Recovering from Prostate Cancer," HealthDay.com, March 11, 2014; www.consumer.healthday.com/encyclopedia/men-s-health-28/men-s-problems-health-news-469/recovering-from-prostate-surgery-647481.html.

"Prostate Cancer Statistics," Canadian Cancer Society web site; www.cancer.ca/en/cancer-information/cancer-type/prostate/statistics/?region=sk, last accessed September 22, 2014.
Brian ShevelAuthor: Brian Shevel
About: I am originally from South Africa from a small city called Bloemfontein. After I completed my education, I went to work with my late-father who had a wholesale business selling clothes and shoes to retail stores around the country. I was in the business till I left for Canada in 1993. In Canada, I have run several businesses in a variety of industries. Although I experienced success, I missed helping people. I learned from my parents that helping seniors was important to their well-being and of great value to the community. Volunteer work remains a priority in my life. I am a past president of Bnai Brith and serve on many other committees.
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