Men Who Had Undergone Prostate Cancer may experience “Cancer-Specific Anxiety” – Mayo Clinic Researchers

September 25, 2012 by  
Filed under Prostate Cancer News

Men who had undergone prostate cancer surgery are more likely to suffer from anxiety.

This anxiety has been associated with poor sexual satisfaction and depression. This is a finding reported by researchers from Mayo Clinic. Details of this recent study have been published in the Psycho-Oncology journal online.

The study suggested that with the help of counseling, the anxiety and depression could be tackled and may lead to improved quality life for the men. The following paragraphs more facts on the study:

Men who undergo surgical removal of prostate cancer can experience significant levels of anxiety one year after surgery, and higher levels of anxiety appear to be linked to poor sexual satisfaction and depression, say researchers at Mayo Clinic’s campus in Florida. Their recent study, published in the online edition of Psycho-Oncology, suggests that men who experience high levels of “cancer-specific anxiety” following surgery for prostate cancer could likely benefit from counseling designed to address their worries and improve their quality of life.

“The 10-year survival for a man undergoing surgery to remove localized prostate cancer is greater than 95 percent. Given that the majority of men who undergo prostatectomy for prostate cancer will not die from their disease, we are concerned about what life will be like for these patients decades after diagnosis and treatment,” says the study’s senior investigator, Alexander Parker, Ph.D., an associate professor of epidemiology and urology.

While prostate cancer can be a life threatening disease, most men diagnosed with prostate cancer do not die from it. According to the American Cancer Society, more than 2.5 million men in the United States who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer are still alive. “The odds of surviving for long periods of time following surgery for prostate cancer are very high,” says surgeon and co-author Gregory Broderick, M.D., a professor of urology. “That means a lot of men are living as prostate cancer survivors and we at Mayo Clinic are committed to understanding factors that affect their quality of life, not just their quantity of life.”

Dr. Broderick presented these results at the joint meeting of the Sexual Medicine Society of North America and the International Society for Sexual Medicine this summer in Chicago. Data from studies in patients with other cancer types have shown that anxiety can significantly affect an individual’s quality of life.

“Our study is the first to specifically show that those men with higher cancer-specific anxiety one year after surgery for prostate cancer are more likely to report lower levels of satisfaction with their sex life and higher levels of depressive symptoms,” Dr. Parker says. In their study, the Mayo Clinic researchers examined findings on 365 men who, one year after undergoing surgery for prostate cancer, completed a questionnaire designed to measure anxiety levels about the fact they have been diagnosed and treated for prostate cancer.

The men also completed additional questionnaires to measure levels of erectile function, sexual satisfaction and depression. Click here to read the complete excerpt.

Prostate cancer surgery after effects is often one of the major concerns of men. Anxiety and depression are often experienced by people who are concerned about their sex life.

This is sure is not surprising since there is a risk for a man to become impotent after undergoing prostate cancer surgery. The suggestions that counseling can help to deal with the psychological factor the treatment will be helpful.

However, with better surgical procedures, many men have experienced low incidence of sexual dysfunction which may lead to anxiety and depression.

So, the counseling method could be very helpful to relieve these experiences from the men.

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