Journal article

The impact of prostate cancer on partners: a qualitative exploration

AC Wootten, JM Abbott, D Osborne, DW Austin, B Klein, AJ Costello, DG Murphy

Psycho-Oncology | WILEY | Published : 2014

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Prostate cancer and its treatment can result in numerous physical and psychological morbidities for the patient as well as his partner. This qualitative study aimed to explore the experiences of intimate spouses or partners of men diagnosed and/or treated for prostate cancer to better understand the personal impact of prostate cancer on the partner. METHODS: Twenty-seven partners participated in this study. Six focus groups were convened, and one in-depth interview was undertaken to explore the practical impact of prostate cancer on the intimate spouse/partner. All discussions were audio-recorded and transcribed and then coded using a thematic approach. RESULTS: Six themes emerged..

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