The supportive care needs of men with prostate cancer (2000)

Citation
Sk. Steginga et al., The supportive care needs of men with prostate cancer (2000), PSYCHO-ONC, 10(1), 2001, pp. 66-75
Citations number
55
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Psycology
Journal title
PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY
ISSN journal
1057-9249 → ACNP
Volume
10
Issue
1
Year of publication
2001
Pages
66 - 75
Database
ISI
SICI code
1057-9249(200101/02)10:1<66:TSCNOM>2.0.ZU;2-Z
Abstract
The diagnosis and subsequent treatment of prostate cancer is followed by a range of significant disease specific and iatrogenic sequelae. However, the supportive care needs of men with prostate cancer are not well described i n the literature. The present study assesses the supportive care needs of m en with prostate cancer who are members of prostate cancer self-help groups in Queensland, Australia. In all, 206 men aged between 48 and 85 years (me an = 68) completed the Supportive Care Needs Survey (SCNS) (62% response). The SCNS is a validated measure assessing perceived need in the domains of psychological needs, health system and information needs, physical and dail y living needs, patient care and support, and sexuality. Items assessing ne ed for access to services and resources were also included. One third of the sample reported a moderate to high need for help for multi ple items in the sexuality, psychological and health system and information domains. Younger men reported greater need in the sexuality domain; living in major urban centres was predictive of greater psychological need; being closer to the time of diagnosis was related to greater need for help in th e physical and daily living domain; having prostate cancer that is not in r emission, having received radiation therapy, and lower levels of education were predictive of greater need for help in patient care and support. Of th e total sample, 55% of men had used alternative cancer treatments in the pa st 12 months, with younger and more educated men more likely to use alterna tive therapies. Interventions in sexuality, psychological concerns and info rmational support are priorities for men with prostate cancer. Copyright (C ) 2001 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.