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The experiences and needs of couples affected by prostate cancer aged 65 and under: a qualitative study

The experiences and needs of couples affected by prostate cancer aged 65 and under: a qualitative study
The experiences and needs of couples affected by prostate cancer aged 65 and under: a qualitative study
Purpose Prostate Cancer (PCa) is often considered to be an illness affecting older men, however the prevalence in younger men (<=65 years) is rising. Diagnosis and treatment for PCa can have a significant impact on the lives of both the man with PCa and his partner. This study explored the experiences and needs of younger men and their partners affected by PCa. The findings will be used to inform service provision and develop interventions appropriate to need. Methods Participants were recruited from respondents to a national PROMS study (Life After Prostate Cancer Diagnosis (LAPCD), who indicated on completed questionnaires their willingness to be interviewed. Semi-structured telephone interviews were conducted with twenty-eight couples, separately (56 participants). Data were analysed using the Framework Method. Results Following the diagnosis of PCa, couples’ experienced changes in their intimate relationships, parental/familial roles, work and finances, and social connections and activities. Couples adopted a range of strategies and behaviours to help their adjustment to PCa, such as communicating with each other, distancing, distraction, and adopting a positive mindset towards PCa. This, in turn, influenced how their identity as a couple evolved. Conclusions Following a diagnosis of PCa, the identity of couples are continually evolving. It is important that these couples are provided with the appropriate information, support and resources to help them transition along the cancer pathway.
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Collaco, Nicole, Wagland, Richard, Alexis, Obrey, Gavin, Anna, Glaser, Adam and Watson, Eila (2020) The experiences and needs of couples affected by prostate cancer aged 65 and under: a qualitative study. Journal of Cancer Survivorship. (doi:10.1007/s11764-020-00936-1).

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Purpose Prostate Cancer (PCa) is often considered to be an illness affecting older men, however the prevalence in younger men (<=65 years) is rising. Diagnosis and treatment for PCa can have a significant impact on the lives of both the man with PCa and his partner. This study explored the experiences and needs of younger men and their partners affected by PCa. The findings will be used to inform service provision and develop interventions appropriate to need. Methods Participants were recruited from respondents to a national PROMS study (Life After Prostate Cancer Diagnosis (LAPCD), who indicated on completed questionnaires their willingness to be interviewed. Semi-structured telephone interviews were conducted with twenty-eight couples, separately (56 participants). Data were analysed using the Framework Method. Results Following the diagnosis of PCa, couples’ experienced changes in their intimate relationships, parental/familial roles, work and finances, and social connections and activities. Couples adopted a range of strategies and behaviours to help their adjustment to PCa, such as communicating with each other, distancing, distraction, and adopting a positive mindset towards PCa. This, in turn, influenced how their identity as a couple evolved. Conclusions Following a diagnosis of PCa, the identity of couples are continually evolving. It is important that these couples are provided with the appropriate information, support and resources to help them transition along the cancer pathway.

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Accepted/In Press date: 5 September 2020
e-pub ahead of print date: 24 September 2020

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Local EPrints ID: 446264
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/446264
ISSN: 1932-2259
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ORCID for Nicole Collaco: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-1398-9105
ORCID for Richard Wagland: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-1825-7587

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Last modified: 28 Apr 2022 04:18

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Author: Nicole Collaco ORCID iD
Author: Richard Wagland ORCID iD
Author: Obrey Alexis
Author: Anna Gavin
Author: Adam Glaser
Author: Eila Watson

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