Journal article

The impact of sexual orientation on body image, self-esteem, urinary and sexual functions in the experience of prostate cancer.

C Thomas, AC Wootten, P Robinson, PCF Law, DP McKenzie

Eur J Cancer Care (Engl) | Published : 2018

Abstract

Prostate cancer (PCa) poses a large health burden globally. Research indicates that men experience a range of psychological challenges associated with PCa including changes to identity, self-esteem and body image. The ways in which sexual orientation plays a role in the experience of PCa, and the subsequent impact on quality of life (QoL), body image and self-esteem have only recently been addressed. By addressing treatment modality, where participant numbers were sufficient, we also sought to explore whether gay (homosexual) men diagnosed with PCa (PCaDx) and with a primary treatment modality of surgery would report differences in body image and self-esteem compared with straight (heterosex..

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