Testicular cancer is the most frequent tumor in young males aged 15-39 years. As cure rates are currently around 90%, the prevalence of survivors is increasing. However, a disease-free condition does not necessarily correspond to a life free of physical and psychosocial health problems. The aim of this review was to explore psychosocial morbidity among testicular cancer survivors. A literature search was conducted in three electronic databases (PubMed, Medline, and Embase). The results of the search on cancer survivors were then combined with those of the search on psychosocial concerns and work performance. Eighty-four publications met the inclusion criteria. Physical, psychological, work-related problems and changing perspectives about work and life in general influenced life and career decisions among testicular cancer survivors. Individual health, sexual relationships and work problems, affect several important aspects of survival and significantly influence the QoL of long-term survivors.
Frontiers in endocrinology. 2019 Feb 25*** epublish ***
Giuseppe Schepisi, Silvia De Padova, Delia De Lisi, Chiara Casadei, Elena Meggiolaro, Federica Ruffilli, Giovanni Rosti, Cristian Lolli, Giorgia Ravaglia, Vincenza Conteduca, Alberto Farolfi, Luigi Grassi, Ugo De Giorgi
Medical Oncology Department, Istituto Scientifico Romagnolo per lo Studio e la Cura dei Tumori IRCCS, Meldola, Italy., Psycho-Oncology Unit, Istituto Scientifico Romagnolo per lo Studio e la Cura dei Tumori IRCCS, Meldola, Italy., Medical Oncology Department, Santa Chiara Hospital, Trento, Italy., Unit of Biostatistics and Clinical Trials, Istituto Scientifico Romagnolo per lo Studio e la Cura dei Tumori IRCCS, Meldola, Italy., Hospital Psychiatry Unit, Department of Biomedical and Specialty Surgical Sciences, Integrated Department of Mental Health and Addictive Behavior, Institute of Psychiatry, St. Anna University Hospital and NHS Community Health Trusts, University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy.