Symptom burden and information needs in prostate cancer survivors: A case for tailored long-term survivorship care

To determine the relationship between long-term prostate cancer survivors' symptom burden and information needs.

We used population-based data from the Michigan Prostate Cancer Survivor Study (n=2,499).

We examined unadjusted differences in long-term information needs according to symptom burden and performed multivariable logistic regression to examine symptom burden and information needs adjusting for patient characteristics.

High symptom burden was reported across all domains (sexual 44. 4%, urinary 14. 4%, vitality 12. 7%, bowel 8. 4%, emotional 7. 6%) with over half of respondents (56%) reporting they needed more information. Top information needs involved recurrence, relationships, and long-term effects. Prostate cancer survivors with high symptom burden more often searched for information regardless of domain (p

Long-term prostate cancer survivors with high symptom burden need more supportive information. Tailoring information to these needs may be an efficient approach to support the growing population of long-term prostate cancer survivors. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

BJU international. 2015 Sep 21 [Epub ahead of print]

Jennifer K Bernat, Daniela A Wittmann, Sarah T Hawley, Daniel A Hamstra, Alexander M Helfand, David A Haggstrom, May Darwish-Yassine, Ted A Skolarus

Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN. , University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. , University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. , University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. , University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. , Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN. , Michigan Public Health Institute. , University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.



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