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Walsh, E; Hegarty, J
European Journal of Oncology Nursing
Men's experiences of radical prostatectomy as treatment for prostate cancer.
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PURPOSE OF THE RESEARCH: The aim of this study was to provide a retrospective view of men's experiences of the prostate cancer treatment journey from initial diagnosis through to completion of their surgery and beyond. METHOD AND SAMPLE: A qualitative, descriptive design was employed. A volunteer sample (n = 8) of men 15 years or less post radical prostatectomy was recruited through a prostate cancer support group M.A.C. (Men Against Cancer). Interviews were taped and transcribed verbatim. Data were analysed using qualitative thematic content analysis. KEY RESULTS: Men identified a number of themes related to their prostate cancer diagnosis, subsequent surgery and life post surgery. These included the process of diagnosis, support, normalisation, the importance of information, defining moments and primary concerns. CONCLUSIONS: Qualitative, descriptive research provides a platform for men to share their experiences of the prostate cancer journey. Healthcare professionals should be alert to the factors which patients consider important during their treatment trajectory. These qualitative interviews provide much needed knowledge in relation to men's experience of the prostate cancer treatment trajectory. In a healthcare system which increasingly values the 'patients view' this type of information is vital in order to tailor healthcare services to meet the unique needs of each patient.
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