Journal article

Five-year outcomes from a randomised controlled trial of a couples-based intervention for men with localised prostate cancer

Suzanne K Chambers, Stefano Occhipinti, Anna Stiller, Leah Zajdlewicz, Lisa Nielsen, Daniela Wittman, John L Oliffe, Nicholas Ralph, Jeff Dunn

PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY | WILEY | Published : 2019

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Psychosexual morbidity is common after prostate cancer treatment, however, long-term prospective research is limited. We report 5-year outcomes from a couples-based intervention in dyads with men treated for localised prostate cancer with surgery. METHODS: A randomised controlled trial was conducted involving 189 heterosexual couples, where the man received a radical prostatectomy for prostate cancer. The trial groups were peer support vs. nurse counselling versus usual care. Primary outcomes were sexual adjustment, unmet sexual supportive care needs, masculine self-esteem, marital satisfaction, and utilisation of erectile aids at 2-, 3-, 4- and 5-year follow-up. RESULTS: The effe..

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