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Discussing the sexual consequences of treatment in radiotherapy and urology consultations with couples affected by prostate cancer

Forbat, Liz, White, Isabella, Marshall-Lucette, Sylvie and Kelly, Daniel M. 2012. Discussing the sexual consequences of treatment in radiotherapy and urology consultations with couples affected by prostate cancer. British Journal of Urology 109 (1) , pp. 98-103. 10.1111/j.1464-410X.2011.10257.x

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE:To explore the ways in which prostate cancer treatment-induced sexual changes are presented as viable topics for discussion in urology and radiotherapy clinics. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Ethnographic observations were made of 60 consultations between clinicians, patients and partners in clinical oncology and prostate cancer urology clinics. RESULTS: Sexual functioning was discussed infrequently in both clinic settings. Despite the presence of partners in nearly half of consultations, involvement of the partner tended to be minimal. Overall, discussions of wider psychosexual concerns were marginalised in consultations, and there were limited opportunities for couples to discuss the specific impact of prostate cancer and its treatments on sexual functioning. CONCLUSION: Given the potential burden of symptoms and side-effects, there is a need to include discussions of sexual recovery and rehabilitation in consultations, and to provide opportunities to discuss the sexual consequences of treatment with men and their partners.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0254 Neoplasms. Tumors. Oncology (including Cancer)
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Uncontrolled Keywords: sexual dysfunction ; cancer ; treatment effects ; survivorship
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 0007-1331
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 02:54
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/13596

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