Prostate Cancer Takes Health Toll on Partners and Patients, New Study Shows

Prostate Cancer Takes Health Toll on Partners and Patients, New Study Shows
Do prostate cancer diagnoses undermine the health of patients’ partners? A team of Danish researchers says “yes.” Led by Jeanne Avlastenok and Peter Østergren from Herlev and Gentofte University Hospital, a team of Danish researchers found that partners of prostate cancer patients often feel isolated and fearful and worry about the way their roles change as their loved one’s cancer progresses. Results from the study were recently presented at the European Association of Urology (EAU) Conference, which took place in Copenhagen, Denmark on March 16 to 20, 2018. The team worked with the wives and partners of prostate cancer patients who had been undergoing exercise therapy to maintain resilience and body strength during their treatment. The study included 56 women who were questioned on how prostate cancer was affecting the lives of their partners. About 46 percent of the respondents said that their partner’s health problems had injured their own health. After a first questionnaire, the team randomly selected eight women for a more in-depth, focus-group style interview, to encourage these women to express how they are being affected by their partners’ disease. “We worked with the women as a group, encouraging them to be open about what they felt in a supportive group environment,” Avlastenok said in a press release. Three of the women, whose husbands were still in the early stage of the disease, "were less burdened than the others,
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