To help the patient with prostate cancer, his family, and his friends, in coping with the diagnosis and its treatment, health care providers need to understand the controversies about treatment options and the impact that such controversies have on medical decision-making. To update health care providers, the authors reviewed all pertinent citations in the medicine database from 1966 to 2000, and in other relevant publications. These resources are also available to our patients through the Internet and other avenues, such as books and magazines. It is the role of the physician to counsel patients about their individual circumstances to allow them to make the best individualized treatment option. Patients who have appropriate information and are actively involved with the decision-making process are, in general, psychologically healthier. Though watchful waiting has no side effects, men must cope psychologically with issues of long-term cancer survivorship. With early detection, men can choose between different treatment options (eg, radiation versus radical prostatectomy). Urinary incontinence, sexual dysfunction, and fatigue are major emotional and physical stressors for this population. Providers of care need to be aware of the psychosocial sequelae of prostate cancer and treatment-related side effects and assist their patients in processing ever-growing data on the management of prostate cancer that technology brings. (C) 2000 by W.B. Saunders Company.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Seminars in Urologic Oncology|
|Publication status||Published - Sep 13 2000|
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