The experiences of prostate cancer survivors: changes to physical function and its impact on quality of life

Michael, Christine, Barnett, Fiona, and Gray, Marion (2016) The experiences of prostate cancer survivors: changes to physical function and its impact on quality of life. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 23 (7). pp. 323-330.

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Abstract

Quality of life plays a major role in prostate cancer research in relation to outcomes of treatment. Most studies conducted on patients with prostate cancer have used standardised psychometric instruments to evaluate the impact of treatment; few studies have taken an in-depth qualitative approach. There has been little consideration of the ways in which the prostate cancer experience impacts on daily life. The aim of this research was to understand the experience of prostate cancer survivors in relation to physical function and its impact on quality of life.

Semi-structured, in-depth interviews were conducted using seven participants who ranged in age from 44 to 80 years. Participants had received varying prostate cancer treatments and were between 3 months and over 7 years post-diagnosis.

Three main themes emerged: loss of masculinity, loss of control over daily activities, and age-specific perspectives. Changes to physical function included impotence, incontinence, fatigue and lymphoedema. Losses were multifaceted, leading to changes in self-perception, reduced participation in daily activities and a decreased quality of life.

The impact of prostate cancer and its treatment led to decreased quality of life and desire to live. Identified changes in physical function and psychological wellbeing in prostate cancer patients highlighted the significance of younger men with prostate cancer, and their experience.

Item ID: 43711
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1759-779X
Keywords: multidisciplinary, patient experience, physical function, prostate cancer, quality of life, supportive care
Date Deposited: 16 May 2017 01:08
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1199 Other Medical and Health Sciences > 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920102 Cancer and Related Disorders @ 70%
92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920505 Mens Health @ 30%
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