Getting through cancer treatment can be harder in some ways for a man who’s not in a long-term relationship. You may not have a friend or family member who can be there for you like a partner could be. Before you and your partner decide to make a strong commitment, you should talk about the cancer. This is especially true if the length of your life or your fertility has been affected. Impotence and its medical and psychosocial correlates: Results of the Massachusetts Male Aging Study. Still, it’s important to do this when a relationship starts to get serious. Try having “the cancer talk” when you and your partner are relaxed and in an intimate mood.
Even without cancer, people reject each other because of looks, beliefs, personality, or their own issues. Multi-institutional long-term experience with conservative surgery for invasive penile carcinoma.
Otherwise, cancer may become a secret that’s very hard to keep.
It may be hard to decide when to tell a new or prospective lover about your cancer history. Male infertility in cancer patients: Review of the literature.
Then, when you start to meet people or to date, think of it as part of a learning process – not something you must do well on your first try. Single people can avoid feeling alone by building a network of close friends, casual friends, and family.
Make the effort to call friends, plan visits, and share activities.