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Title: The impact of prostate cancer on partners: a qualitative exploration
Epworth Authors: Wootten, Addie
Costello, Anthony
Murphy, Declan
Osborne, D.
Other Authors: Abbott, Joanne
Austin, David
Klein, Britt
Keywords: Prostate Cancer
Psychological Distress
Qualitative Exploration
Australian Prostate Cancer Research Centre Epworth HealthCare, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Issue Date: Apr-2014
Citation: Psychooncology. 2014 Apr 25
Abstract: Objective Prostate cancer and its treatment can result in numerous physical and psychological morbidities for the patient as well as his partner. This qualitative study aimed to explore the experiences of intimate spouses or partners of men diagnosed and/or treated for prostate cancer to better understand the personal impact of prostate cancer on the partner. Methods Twenty-seven partners participated in this study. Six focus groups were convened, and one in-depth interview was undertaken to explore the practical impact of prostate cancer on the intimate spouse/partner. All discussions were audio-recorded and transcribed and then coded using a thematic approach. Results Six themes emerged: (a) The influence of the man's response to prostate cancer on the partner, (b) The need to be involved in treatment and medical decision making, (c) Supporting a man who is experiencing a loss of masculinity, (d) Degree of congruence between each partner's coping responses, (e) Constrained communication, and (f) Changed roles and increased practical management. Conclusions It is clear that prostate cancer impacts substantially on many areas of partner well-being. An effective intervention provided to this population seems warranted and may lead to improvements in partner well-being, assist the couple in lessening the impact of prostate cancer and its treatment on their relationship, and assist in the man's recovery
DOI: 10.1002/pon.3552
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ISSN: 1099-1611
Journal Title: Psycho-Oncology
Type: Journal Article
Affiliated Organisations: Australian Prostate Cancer Research Epworth, Richmond, Victoria, Australia
Department of Urology, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Parkville
National eTherapy Centre, Swinburne University of Technology
DVC-R Portfolio & Faculty of Health, Federation University, Ballarat
Centre for Mental Health Research, The Australian National University, Canberra,
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Epworth Prostate Centre

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