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Psychosocial and Patient Education Needs of Prostate Cancers Selecting Watchful Waiting

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Final rept. 15 Oct 2004-14 Apr 2006

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While watchful waiting is an accepted disease management strategy for localized prostate cancer there is little information available on the impact of the disease and the expectant management on mens well-being. The few studies that have focused on these issues suggest that anxiety about untreated cancer and urologic and sexual impacts of the disease are important considerations in the selection of this approach to disease management. We propose to gather data from prostate cancer patients selecting watchful waiting in lieu of an active treatment for their cancer in order to understand the psychosocial and symptom management burden that these men face. The proposed study will build on previous research on men selecting watchful waiting using a combination of qualitative and quantitative techniques to identify areas where patient education programs could be developed for these men to improve their quality of life. We will examine the psychological and interpersonal impact of prostate cancer in a semi-structured qualitative interview assess the health-related quality of life HRQoL of 50 men 25 Caucasian, 15 African-American and 10 Latino with prostate cancer using the CaPSURE baseline data collection instrument and compare the study respondents HRQoL to the HRQoL of men in the CaPSURE database. The study will provide necessary information to create needed psycho-educational interventions for this understudied group of men living with prostate cancer.

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  • Psychology
  • Medicine and Medical Research

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