Prostate cancer and supportive care: a systematic review and qualitative synthesis of men’s experiences and unmet needs.

Anna King, Maggie Evans, Theresa Moore, Charlotte Paterson, Debbie Sharp, Rajendra Persad, Alyson Huntley

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Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men worldwide, accounting for an estimated 1.1 million cases diagnosed in 2012 ( Currently, there is a lack of specific guidance on supportive care for men with prostate cancer. This article describes a qualitative systematic review and synthesis examining men’s experience of and need for supportive care. Seven databases were searched; 20 journal articles were identified and critically appraised. A thematic synthesis was conducted in which descriptive themes were drawn out of the data. These were peer support, support from partner, online support, cancer specialist nurse support,self-care, communication with health professionals, unmet needs (emotional support, information needs, support for treatment-induced side effects of incontinence and erectile dysfunction) and men’s suggestions for improved delivery of supportive care. This was followed by the development of overarching analytic themes which were:uncertainty, reframing, and the timing of receiving treatment, information and support. Our results show that the most valued form of support men experienced following diagnosis was one-to-one peer support and support from partners. This review highlights the need for improved access to cancer specialist nurses throughout the care pathway, individually tailored supportive care and psycho-sexual support for treatment side effects.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)618-634
Number of pages17
JournalEuropean Journal of Cancer Care
Issue number5
Early online date29 Jan 2015
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2015


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