Facing the Tiger: A Survivorship Guide for Men with Prostate Cancer and their Partners

Professor Suzanne Chambers AO


"72% of men impacted by prostate cancer related mental health issues will not seek help.”
Jeff Dunn CEO, Prostate Cancer Foundation Australia.

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It’s tough living with a diagnosis of prostate cancer. While the disease has one of the highest survival rates of any cancer, the side-effects of treatment can be life-long and take a heavy toll on men’s mental health.

Of the more than 3.7 million men globally who are living with the aftermath of a diagnosis, many will experience anxiety and depression, sometimes long-term.  In Australia and New Zealand alone, 20,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in the next 12 months.

Poorer mental health is associated with poorer treatment outcomes and lower quality of life. Not all will seek help with their mental wellbeing. For those who know them and love them – life is often never the same after a diagnosis of prostate cancer.

This book is written by one of the world’s foremost experts in the psychology of cancer to assist men with prostate cancer and their partners maintain their mental wellbeing as they move through treatment, tackling the many challenges that come with a diagnosis.

It is a vital psychosocial support step between the short, colourful, (often scary) handouts full of statistics and bullet points available to men after diagnosis and the need for therapy when things get too tough to handle alone.

Using evidence-based science and the lived experience of those who have travelled the path before, this book gives practical strategies to manage stress and anxiety, improve health and wellbeing, make tough decisions, seek support, and improve survivorship quality both early and later on in treatment.

The book shares personal stories and insights from men and their partners who speak from their heart, offering emotional comfort and inspiration. First released in 2013, it has been updated with new contributions and additional content including key prostate cancer survivorship essentials for a better quality of life. 

This book has proven most beneficial when provided by health professionals to prostate patients undergoing treatment as well as at the point of diagnosis and fits well with ongoing psychosocial care plans. It meets usage guidelines for Mild Distress and Low Intensity Care tiers of the Psychosocial Care Model for Men with Prostate Cancer as well as the Prostate Cancer Survivorship Essentials Framework. It is essential reading for all men with prostate cancer, whether just diagnosed or well into treatment, their partners, and all health professionals who work with them.

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About the Author

Professor Suzanne Chambers AO is one of the world’s foremost experts in the psychology of cancer. With a distinguished 25-year career in health psychology, her expertise has been deepened by professional leadership roles in cancer control, research, and higher education, where her work has been praised for its impact on patient recoveries. She is a registered psychologist and member of the Australian Psychological Society’s College of Health Psychology. Suzanne was appointed an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2018 for distinguished service to medical research particularly in the area of psycho-oncology and community health through patient care strategies to assist men with prostate cancer.


Professor Suzanne Chambers is a highly regarded, experienced and practical researcher and practitioner in the management of psychological issues that emerge when a man is diagnosed with cancer of the prostate. The diagnosis not only affects him but invariably impacts his partner, family and friends.

This book clearly identifies key issues and provides reassurance and solutions in a compact, readable style that immediately puts the reader at ease and empowers them to "face the tiger”.

Each chapter includes specific activities to address the issues discussed and is rounded off with personal stories not only from survivors of prostate cancer but their partners and families as well. Two new chapters in this edition "Getting Unstuck” and "Survivorship” are valuable additions as they speak to the longer term. We cannot forget that at the time of publication over 200,000 men are living with prostate cancer in Australia. Over 95% of men diagnosed with prostate cancer will be alive five years after diagnosis and treatment.

The appendix contains well selected, trusted, quality resources for men, their partners and families and friends to start their own research to compliment the book.

Nearly 20,000 men a year are diagnosed with and 3500 men die from prostate cancer in Australia each year. The diagnosis and management of prostate cancer constitutes a significant proportion of modern Urological practice. This book will be an invaluable resource for Urologists and all clinicians involved in the diagnosis and management of prostate cancer, not only in Australia and New Zealand but around the world.

 — Peter Heathcote, Former President Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand, Adjunct Professor Australian Prostate Cancer Research Centre Queensland, Queensland University of Technology, Adjunct Clinical Professor Monash University Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Senior Urologist Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, Australia

There is probably no optimum way to face a tiger just as there is more than one way to face a diagnosis of prostate cancer. In this book Suzanne Chambers brings her expertise as a psychologist who has helped people deal with cancer together with the experience of men, their partners and families who have had to deal with a prostate cancer diagnosis. In doing so I believe that Suzanne has provided a resource in which many men and their families will find comfort and reassurance that others have managed to deal with the challenges presented by a diagnosis of prostate cancer.

Given the choices that are faced regarding treatment I think the chapter on decision making is particularly relevant whilst this and the advice on exercise and general wellbeing echo a lot of what we are seeking to do at Prostate Scotland. This book may not provide all of the answers or help that every man and their families need, but I am sure it will help many.

— Prof. Alan McNeill, Consultant Urological Surgeon (Western General Hospital Edinburgh), Hon. Professor in the School of Engineering and physical Sciences Heriot Watt University, Trustee of Prostate Scotland

Being diagnosed with prostate cancer begins a journey no man — or his partner — wishes to take. But if fate finds you on it, Professor Suzanne Chambers’ book will guide you. In clear and approachable prose and with real-world stories, Facing the Tiger not only points out the twists and turns, it also gives you practical advice on how to become a stronger, more confident man, a more supportive and effective partner. I highly recommend it.

— Mark Lazenby, PhD, Fellow of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society and of the American Academy of Nursing; Professor of Nursing and Philosophy, University
of Connecticut, USA.