Psychological Aspects of Prostate Cancer

A Clinical Review

A De Sousa; S Sonavane; J Mehta


Prostate Cancer Prostatic Dis. 2012;15(2):120-127. 

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Men undergoing treatment or early detection of prostate cancer experience uncertainty related to the time course of cancer, and others fear treatment or treatment-related side effects. Urologists need to consider the family, social and psychological perspectives when making treatment decisions in prostate cancer. The management of anxiety, depression and other psychological problems in these groups require a multidisciplinary and multimodal approach. Psychiatrists and psychologists may team up as diagnostic consultants in monitoring psychiatric morbidity and adjuvant psychotropic medications, as well as providing appropriate psychotherapy where needed for both patients and their families. A thorough understanding of the complex and vexing problems faced by patients with prostate cancer may help the psychiatrist in assisting this group of patients. It is necessary that psychological issues in patients with prostate cancer be addressed with the aim of enhancing HRQOL and cancer-related recovery in these patients. It is also prudent to mention the role of supportive nursing staff in helping the patient cope with prostate cancer, various treatment procedures and to provide support to the caregivers in general.


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