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A longitudinal study of coping strategies in men receiving radiotherapy and neo-adjuvant androgen deprivation for prostate cancer: a quantitative and qualitative study

McSorley, Oonagh, McCaughan, Eilis, Prue, Gillian, Bunting, Brendan, Parahoo, Kader and O'Sullivan, Joe (2013) A longitudinal study of coping strategies in men receiving radiotherapy and neo-adjuvant androgen deprivation for prostate cancer: a quantitative and qualitative study. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 70 (625-63). [Journal article]

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URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jan.12224/abstract

DOI: 10.1111/jan.12224

Abstract

Aim. This paper reports a study on how men cope with the side-effects ofradiotherapy and neo-adjuvant androgen deprivation for prostate cancer up to1 year after treatment.Background. With early detection and improved treatments, prostate cancersurvivors are living longer with the disease and the side-effects of treatment. Howthey cope affects their long-term physical and mental health.Design. A prospective, longitudinal, exploratory design using both qualitative andquantitative methods was used in this study.Method. Between September 2006–September 2007 149 men who were about toundergo radical radiotherapy androgen deprivation for localized prostatecancer in Northern Ireland were recruited to the study. They completed the BriefCope scale at four time-points.Results. Acceptance, positive reframing, emotional support, planning and, justgetting on with it, were the most common ways of coping. Fewer men usedcoping strategies less at 6 months and 1 year after radiotherapy in comparison topre-treatment and 4–6 weeks after radiotherapy. Interviews with these mendemonstrated that men adapted to a new norm, with the support of their wives/partners and did not readily seek professional help. A minority of men usedalcohol, behavioural disengagement and self blame as ways of coping.Conclusion. Men used a variety of ways of coping to help them deal withradiotherapy and neo-adjuvant androgen deprivation for up to 12 months afterradiotherapy. Interventions need to be developed to take account of the specific needsof partners of men with prostate cancer and single men who have prostate cancer.Keywords: cancer, chronic illness, coping, design, men’s health, mixed method,nursing assessment, radiotherapy

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Nursing
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Psychology
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute of Nursing and Health Research
Psychology Research Institute
Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Managing Chronic Illness Research Centre
Psychology Research Institute > Population Health Sciences and Mental Health Services
ID Code:28856
Deposited By: Dr Oonagh McSorley
Deposited On:18 Mar 2014 09:20
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