Love, faith and hope - a secondary analysis of prostate cancer survivors and their partners.

Men's experience of recovery from treatment for prostate cancer has been extensively researched with reports highlighting the physical side effects of treatments such as erectile dysfunction and incontinence.

The psychological, emotional and spiritual burden of prostate cancer on men and their partners has received far less attention.

In this study, a secondary thematic analysis of data from a series of separate but related qualitative studies with prostate cancer survivors and their partners was conducted to further explore themes of love, hope and faith within this population.

This study identified unresolved needs related to the emotive concepts of love, hope and faith. The findings from this study can be employed to refine psychosocial assessments of men with prostate cancer, and provide a more comprehensive understanding of prostate cancer survivors supportive care needs.

Contemporary nurse. 2015 Oct 27 [Epub ahead of print]

P K O'Shaughnessy, T A Laws, A J Esterman

a School of Nursing and Midwifery, Division of Health Sciences , University of South Australia , City East Campus GPO Box 2471, Adelaide 5001 , South Australia. , a School of Nursing and Midwifery, Division of Health Sciences , University of South Australia , City East Campus GPO Box 2471, Adelaide 5001 , South Australia. , a School of Nursing and Midwifery, Division of Health Sciences , University of South Australia , City East Campus GPO Box 2471, Adelaide 5001 , South Australia.

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