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Title: A randomised, wait-list controlled trial: evaluation of a cognitive-behavioural group intervention on psycho-sexual adjustment for men with localised prostate cancer.
Epworth Authors: Costello, Anthony
Wootten, Addie
Other Authors: Siddons, H. M.
Keywords: Australian Prostate Cancer Research Centre Epworth, Richmond, Victoria, Australia.
​UroRenal & Vascular Clinical Institute, Epworth HealthCare, Richmond, Victoria, Australia.
Behavior Therapy
Therapy, Behavior
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Prostatic Neoplasms
Prostate Cancer
Cancer of the Prostate
Psycho-Sexual Adjustment
Quality of Life
Issue Date: Oct-2013
Publisher: Wiley Online Library
Citation: Psychooncology. 2013 Oct;22(10):2186-92.
Abstract: OBJECTIVE: To examine the effectiveness of a cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) group intervention to facilitate improved psycho-sexual adjustment to treatment side effects in prostate cancer survivors post-radical prostatectomy. METHODS: A randomised, wait-list controlled trial was conducted with a total of 60 men who participated in a manualised 8-week cognitive-behavioural group intervention 6 months to 5 years post-radical prostatectomy for localised prostate cancer. Participants completed standardised questionnaires pre-intervention and post-intervention, which assessed mood state, stress, general and prostate cancer anxiety, quality of life and areas of sexual functioning. RESULTS: Paired samples t-tests identified a significant improvement in sexual confidence, masculine self-esteem, sexual drive/relationship and a significant decline in sexual behaviour from pre-intervention to post-intervention. Hierarchical regression analyses revealed that after controlling for covariates, participation in the group intervention significantly improved sexual confidence, sexual intimacy, masculine self-esteem and satisfaction with orgasm. CONCLUSIONS: This group-based CBT intervention for men post-radical prostatectomy for localised prostate cancer shows promising results in terms of improving quality of life.
DOI: 10.1002/pon.3273
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ISSN: 1099-1611
Journal Title: Psychooncology
Type: Journal Article
Affiliated Organisations: Department of Urology, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Parkville, Victoria, Australia.
Type of Clinical Study or Trial: Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial
Appears in Collections:Cancer Services
Epworth Prostate Centre
Mental Health
Research Month
UroRenal, Vascular

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