Supportive care needs of men with prostate cancer: A systematic review update

Prostate cancer is now the second most commonly diagnosed male cancer worldwide. More than ever, there is a demand for general practitioners to provide support and meet the needs of a growing population of prostate cancer patients. This updated systematic review examined the experiences and needs of prostate cancer patients. Out of over 2000 articles, 105 qualitative studies were selected from five databases. Three major themes were identified. “Biographical work” covered themes around maintaining aspects of patients’ identity in the wake of their cancer diagnosis, such as those related to gender, sexuality, and physical changes. “Illness management work” comprised symptom management and other diagnostic-related work, highlighting a variety of informational and decision support needs, as well as need for healthcare professional experience. “Everyday life work” described significant lifestyle changes in response to patients’ cancer diagnoses to assist with treatment; these were affected by factors including partner and family support, diet, exercise, stigma, and employment. Identifying these patient needs may allow for improvements in key areas within primary care. General practitioners may be better able to deliver personalised supportive care by understanding the range of unique experiences and needs of prostate cancer patients from diverse backgrounds.   Read the original article here.
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