Psychological adjustment of men with prostate cancer: a review of the literature.
Sidney Bloch, Anthony Love, Michelle Macvean, Gill Duchesne, Jeremy Couper, David Kissane
Biopsychosoc Med | Published : 2007
OBJECTIVE: Prostate cancer (PCA) is the most common malignancy and a major cause of death in men but, importantly, a substantial proportion will live for several years following diagnosis. However, they face the prospect of experiencing symptoms, side-effects of treatment and diminished quality of life. The patient's psychological adjustment is particularly complex, given the potential trajectory of the disease, from the point of diagnosis, with its immediate impact, to the phase of palliative care, with its attendant issue of facing mortality. Since a comprehensive review of the literature on psychological adjustment of men with PCA has not yet been done, we have documented relevant researc..View full abstract