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.
You might not be able to father children because of cancer treatment.
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. You may also worry how a current or future partner will react when they learn you’ve have or had cancer. Some of the scars left by cancer are clearly visible. For instance, there’s no way to know that a man walking down the street has a colostomy or only one testicle. You may wonder about how active you can be and even how long you will live. Health care screening for men who have sex with men.
If you had hoped to marry or remarry, you may not want to involve a partner in an uncertain future.
But the sad truth is that some single people with cancer limit themselves by not even trying to date.
Instead of focusing on their good points, they convince themselves that no partner would accept them now. Penile shortening after radical prostatectomy and Peyronie’s surgery.
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.
When dating, people who have had cancer often avoid talking about it.