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The Development of a Model of Sexual Self-Perception and Activity in Men Following Treatment for Prostate Cancer

The Development of a Model of Sexual Self-Perception and Activity in Men Following Treatment for Prostate Cancer

It is post treatment, that the frustration of not achieving an erection interrupts the process of couple intimacy and the recommencement of sexual life. At this stage a new norm can be established since loss of erectile function does not preclude achieving orgasm for either partner and other physical activities are possible. Natural hesitancy to confront the issue and lack of appropriate resources inhibit the management of this couple concern. Using a combination of qualitative and quantitative methodology, the current project aims to explore the adjustment process of men following treatment for prostate cancer.

 

Face-to-face semi-structured interviews with twenty members of the Concord Hospital Prostate Cancer Support Group will be conducted. Participants will also complete a questionnaire with standardized measures assessing sexual functioning, sexual self-schema, quality of life, urinary, bowel and hormonal symptoms, psychological wellbeing, and unmet needs. To ensure representation of all relevant experiences, systematic recruitment of men: i) at various stages of recovery; ii) of various age groups; iii) with different stages of prostate cancer; and iv) treated with various treatments, will be undertaken. This research will lead to the development of an educational tool for use by men/couples as a resource to resume intimacy during the period of post-treatment recovery and rehabilitation.

 

Speakers: Neil and Dwain
Conference: Demo