Treating the psychosocial and emotional impact of prostate cancer

15 Jul


It doesn’t take too much reading or direct experience to realize that, to date, we haven’t been very good at meeting the needs of patients with prostate cancer — or their spouses/partners — when it comes to the sociocultural and psychological needs associated with this disorder. Here are just a few of the more obvious reasons:

  • The primary treaters of prostate cancer (urologists, radiation oncologists, and medical oncologists) have little to no training and/or experience in this field.
  • The often profound sexual side effects of treatment for prostate cancer are embarrassing for many patients and their spouses/partners, and thus difficult (and sometimes impossible)  to admit to and talk about — even to each other, let alone to a third party.
  • The ability to “perform well” sexually in a traditional sense is a defining characteristic of “being a man” in the minds of a large percentage of the world’s male population…

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