Identifying Unmet Care Needs of Patients with Prostate Cancer to Assist with Their Success in Coping

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Abstract

Introduction

Despite successful treatment for cancer, many survivors still experience unmet needs affecting their quality of life.

Purpose

The purpose of this study was to assess the unmet needs of patients following treatment for prostate cancer.

Methods

This study reviewed prostate cancer patients’ experiences at multiple stages in time along their pretreatment and post-treatment journey in the United Kingdom (U.K.). Questions assessed both physical and psychological needs, how much support they received pre-treatment and posttreatment, and how they were able to cope with the sequelae of various treatment modalities.

Results

In this study, 250 questionnaires were sent to subjects who had undergone prostate cancer treatment. Of those, 106 (42%) questionnaires were completed and returned. We found that 96% of subjects experienced adverse effects during and after treatment, and 36% had unmet needs longterm. Unmet needs included erectile dysfunction, incontinence, tiredness, hot flashes, lower urinary tract symptoms, rectal bleeding, and relationship issues.

Conclusion

High level of subject support by healthcare professionals still leads to a considerable number of unmet needs. Improved counseling leads to better treatment choices. Better treatment choices lead to better outcomes. Improvements need to support patients for better quality of life.

Conclusion

Level of Evidence - VI

Conclusion

(Polit & Beck, 2012)

Conclusion

Allchorne, P., & Green, J. (2016). Identifying unmet care needs of patients with prostate cancer to assist with their success in coping.

Conclusion

In the United Kingdom, our Health Needs Assessment survey return rate of 42% identified unmet needs in subjects with prostate cancer. Subjects reported the greatest unmet need was related to erectile dysfunction. Other unmet needs were related to incontinence, tiredness, hot flashes, lower urinary tract symptoms, rectal bleeding, and relationship issues.

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