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!"

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