Role of preoperative patient education among prostate cancer patients treated by radical prostatectomy.

Radical prostatectomy, as a prostate cancer treatment option, is associated with the presence of certain postoperative dysfunctions - physical, psychosocial, emotional and economic. However, regular and planned preoperative patient education can help and support physical and emotional well-being by reducing levels of anxiety, building feelings of being in control, and providing instruments for self-management by patients.

A literature search was conducted on the subject of educational interventions among cancer patients, focusing on men with prostate cancer undergoing radical prostatectomy.

Preoperative patient education can affect key factors which have an impact on health-related quality of life such as levels of fear and anxiety, expectations and satisfaction in relation to treatment, postoperative activity, self-care management, and others.

Effective education of patients can lead to increased involvement in courses of treatment, which can in turn result in decreased postoperative complications and shorter recuperative periods. Patient education should be scheduled and organized using not only traditional methods but also modern technology, e.g. 3D printed models of organs or tumours.

Central European journal of urology. 2022 Aug 18 [Epub]

Tomasz Jurys, Andrzej Kupilas, Paweł Rajwa, Piotr Bryniarski, Bartłomiej Burzyński

Doctoral School, Faculty of Health Sciences in Katowice, Medical University of Silesia in Katowice, Katowice, Poland., Department of Urology and Urooncology, City Hospital, Gliwice, Poland., Department of Urology, Medical University of Silesia, Zabrze, Poland., Department of Rehabilitation, Faculty of Health Sciences in Katowice, Medical University of Silesia in Katowice, Katowice, Poland.

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