Partners' Long-term Appraisal of Their Caregiving Experience, Marital Satisfaction, Sexual Satisfaction, and Quality of Life 2 Years After Prostate Cancer Treatment

Janet K. Harden, PhD; Martin G. Sanda, MD; John T. Wei, MD; Hossein Yarandi, PhD; Larry Hembroff, PhD; Jill Hardy, BS; Laurel L. Northouse, PhD


Cancer Nurs. 2013;36(2):104-113. 

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This study adds to a growing body of research on spouses of men treated for prostate cancer. Findings support the now well established concept that prostate cancer affects not only the person diagnosed with the disease but also his spouse. In this study, spouses' negative appraisal of their care giving experience had a reciprocal affect on QOL: more negative appraisal resulted in more marital distress, less satisfaction with the sexual relationship, and lower QOL scores. Younger spouses of men with prostate cancer are an at-risk group who may benefit from intervention because they have more negative appraisals and lower QOL. There is a need for even longer-term assessment of spouses of prostate cancer patients because men's treatment outcomes (urinary function, bowel habits, and hormone symptoms) continue to affect spouses' QOL for at least 2 years after treatment.