Meeting the unmet support needs of BME men with prostate cancer

Men with prostate cancer from black and minority ethnic (BME) communities have reported many unmet information and support needs. A literature review identified the many challenges health professionals face in addressing these unmet needs, and suggested that not enough is known about the psychosocial effects of a prostate cancer diagnosis on men from BME communities in the UK.

Affected men may have little or no awareness or knowledge of prostate cancer, receive inadequate information and fear the disease. Nurses can address these issues through improving patients' knowledge and awareness of prostate cancer, providing high-quality information to patients and their families, alleviating fear and promoting survivorship among this minority group; they can also facilitate staff training. Health professionals should look beyond the physical effects and consider the psychosocial effects of such a diagnosis when assessing the needs of these men. Practitioners need to overcome the various challenges to meeting these needs to provide more effective care to men from BME groups.

British journal of nursing (Mark Allen Publishing). 2015 Nov 12 [Epub]

Mary Cremin

Uro-Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist, London North West Healthcare NHS Trust.



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