Early Intervention Beneficial For Prostate Cancer Patients With Emotional Distress

Early Intervention Beneficial For Prostate Cancer Patients With Emotional Distress
Researchers at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the University at Buffalo recently found that the beliefs and personality traits in patients with a recent diagnosis of prostate cancer are associated with higher levels of distress. These results highlight the fact that such patients could benefit from informational and emotional support, along with early counselling for those more distressed. The study titled “Factors Associated with Emotional Distress in Newly Diagnosed Prostate Cancer Patients" and published in the journal Psycho-Oncology, reveals that in this patient population, factors related with higher levels of distress are related to fear of cancer progression, lack of confidence in cancer treatment decisions, a feeling that one's masculinity is under threat and tendencies to be less optimistic and resilient. This study is part of a longitudinal trial called "Live Well Live Long!", which involved 1,425 men with a recent diagnosis of prostate cancer assessed across five different centers. "There are several studies that have examined distress in prostate cancer patients after treatment, but few that assessed distress in men early in diagnosis, before receiving treatment," said in a recent news release Heather Orom, PhD, study's author and an assistant professor of community health and health behavior in UB's School of Public Health and Health Professions. "Our study provides a stronger empirical basis for designing or selecting interventions for these men. To provide the correct support, we need a better understanding of what causes distress in these types of patients," added Dr. Orom. "As urologists, we have to find better ways to assist men and their families after a prostate cancer diagnosis, which can be a difficult time for many. Thi
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