When a patient is diagnosed with prostate cancer, kidney stones, or erectile dysfunction, or almost any urologic condition, the evaluation process, treatment, and post-treatment monitoring can affect not only the patient but also family members. As one of the Las Vegas urologists, Dr. Newman encourages family members to attend office visits and participate at a level that the patient is comfortable with.
It can be helpful for a family member to act as a second set of ears and to help clarify issues. It can also be helpful to make up a list of questions in advance of an appointment so the questions are not forgotten ‘in the heat of the moment’.
The patient should also be aware about how his or her condition can affect family members and be sensitive to family member’s needs and concerns even though the diagnosis is not ‘happening’ to them directly. Keep lines of communication open and be honest with your loved ones and encourage them to speak freely to you as well.