Medical Alerts for Seniors with Prostate Cancer

Medical Alerts for Seniors with Prostate Cancer

time icon 5 min read update icon Sept. 28, 2019


Prostate cancer is a malignant growth that starts in the male prostate. There are several cellular types of prostate cancer, including sarcomas, small cell carcinomas, neuroendocrine tumors (other than small cell carcinomas) and transitional cell carcinomas.

Prostate Cancer Introduction

Prostate cancer is the most common form of malignancy diagnosed among seniors in the United States. Older men ages 70 and over are at a much higher risk of being diagnosed with high-risk prostate cancer, and often have lower overall survival, according to the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Prostate cancer tends to grow slowly, and has a better prognosis when diagnosed early. Treatment usually depends on the stage of cancer at diagnosis.

Prostate Cancer Impairment

Many factors affect the level of impairment that an individual will experience with prostate cancer, such as if the cancer had metastasized to other regions of the body. A few impairments may include:

  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Incontinence
Medical Alert Benefits

Many factors affect your daily life when you are battling prostate cancer. You will likely experience symptoms of the cancer, and you will also have to cope with the side effects of cancer treatments. With medical alert services, you will have the peace of mind of knowing that if you should become too weak or sick to make a phone to call for help, you can always summon immediate assistance without delay.

Patients diagnosed with prostate cancer may experience:

  • Trouble urinating
  • Incontinence
  • Weak urine stream
  • Blood in semen
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Discomfort in the pelvic region
  • Bone pain
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle weakness
Safety Without Medical Alerts

You can opt to live an independent life without medical alert services even with a prostate cancer diagnosis. As you cope with cancer and the treatment process, it is wise to take certain safety precautions.

  • Fatigue and muscle weakness: Fatigue and muscle weakness may make walking safely from room to room difficult. Using a walker or cane may be beneficial. Installing handrails can also provide you the support you require to prevent falling or stumbling.
  • Urination problems: Many men with prostate issues spend an excessive amount of time in the bathroom. Placing a high toilet or a toilet frame in the bathroom often prevents possible falls and alleviates tiredness by offering support.
  • Discomfort in the pelvis: Discomfort in the pelvic region can make it difficult to rise from a seated position. Purchasing a recliner with a seat lift will give you the extra boost you need to get to your feet.
Prostate Cancer Precautions
  • Medication: When fighting prostate cancer, many men take numerous prescription medications. It is imperative that you take all of your medication and follow the directions on the label for dosage and timing.
  • Depression: Men often have difficulty coping with erectile dysfunction, which is a common symptom of prostate cancer. Learning to cope can be difficult. Talking with your physician can be beneficial. You may also want to seek out the support of family and friends.
  • Metastatic cancer: Prostate cancer can often metastasize to other areas of the body. Metastatic cancer in the bones can make them brittle and prone to breaking. Avoiding falls is a precautionary step that you can take to continue living independently. Decluttering your home and eliminating throw rugs that you can inadvertently stumble over can help prevent a fall. Also, installing a walk-in shower and non-skid flooring may help.
Prostate Cancer Medical Alerts Conclusion

Medical alert services offer peace of mind. You’ll know that you can quickly and efficiently summon immediate help if an accident or emergency should occur. Prostate cancer is unpredictable. Many men live years without issues, but with other men, cancer can progress rapidly. This is a good reason to give medical alerts some serious consideration.

Kimberly Sharpe - Senior Advisor

Kimberly is senior researcher with Grandfolk® providing in-depth product and service reviews to empower senior buying decisions.