Androgen Deprivation Therapy for Prostate Cancer: Recommendations to Improve Patient and Partner Quality of Life
Stacy Elliott, David M Latini, Lauren M Walker, Richard Wassersug, John W Robinson
JOURNAL OF SEXUAL MEDICINE | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2010
INTRODUCTION: Because of improved prostate cancer detection, more patients begin androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) earlier and remain on it longer than before. Patients now may be androgen deprived for over a decade, even when they are otherwise free of cancer symptoms. AIM: An ADT Survivorship Working Group was formed to develop and evaluate interventions to limit the physiological and emotional trauma patients and their partners experience from this treatment. METHODS: The multidisciplinary Working Group met for 2 days to define the challenges couples face when patients commence ADT. A writing sub-group was formed. It compiled the meeting's proceedings, reviewed the literature and, in con..View full abstract
Awarded by Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation
Awarded by Houston Center for Quality of Care & Utilization Studies
Awarded by NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE
This work was supported by grants from the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation (PSO-Capacity-2007-3529) to RW; Dalhousie Cancer Research Program to RW; Ascend Therapeutics in Arlington, Virginia, to RW; and a private donation to RW. It was also partly supported by the Houston Center for Quality of Care & Utilization Studies (HFP-90-020). DL is supported by a career development award from the American Cancer Society. The manuscript was derived from the "Psychological Impact of Androgen Deprivation Therapy on Prostate Cancer Patients and their Partners: Defining the Problem, Evaluating Interventions" conference, where the ADT Survivorship Working Group met in 2008.