Navigation Links
Study finds acceptable levels of anxiety among men living with early, untreated prostate cancer
Date:7/26/2009

Men with early stages of prostate cancer who delay radical treatment in favor of an approach of "expectant management" do not have high levels of anxiety and distress. That is the conclusion of a new study published in the September 1, 2009 issue of Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society. The study's results suggest that living with untreated cancer is not upsetting for many patients with early prostate cancer.

The rapid increase in the use of screening using prostate specific antigen (PSA) testing has led to a large number of men diagnosed with prostate cancer, many of who do not require treatment. In these cases, close clinical monitoringor active surveillanceis often recommended. If progression of the cancer occurs during active surveillance, patients may undergo radical therapy. While active surveillance may delay or even avoid the possible adverse side effects of radical treatment, it could also cause psychological harm in patients because they must live with untreated cancer. Data on the levels of such potentially negative emotions among men on active surveillance are lacking, however.

Roderick van den Bergh, (MD), of the Erasmus Medical Center, in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and colleagues assessed levels of anxiety and distress in a group of recently diagnosed prostate cancer patients on active surveillance. They sent 150 men questionnaires to gauge uncertainty about their treatment decision, as well as levels of depression and anxiety among these men. A total of 129 questionnaires were completed and returned an average of 2.7 months after diagnosis. More than 80 percent of the 129 respondents scored favorably low on the parameters measured. Patients' scores were comparable or favorable to scores of men (reported in other studies) who underwent treatment for early prostate cancer.

Certain men in the studysuch as men with neurotic personalities and those who were in poor physical healthexhibited more anxiety and distress than others. These findings indicate that besides cancer-specific factors, mental and physical patient-specific factors are important aspects to take into account when selecting men for active surveillance. The results also suggest that psychological support may be indicated in certain patients undergoing active surveillance.

While this study's findings are useful, Dr. van den Bergh noted that longer-term analyses are needed on the psychological effects of active surveillance in men with early prostate cancer. His research team is currently conducting such a study.


'/>"/>

Contact: David Sampson
david.sampson@cancer.org
American Cancer Society
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Human cells secrete cancer-killing protein, UK study finds
2. Bone from blood: Circulating cells form bone outside the normal skeleton, Penn study finds
3. Case Western Reserve University receives $3.7M NIH grant to study autonomic nervous system link to painful bladder syndrome
4. Study finds rapid growth in health costs hurts economic performance of US industries
5. Study in this Week's Issue of Cell Finds Injected Growth Factor Spurs Heart Regeneration
6. Study provides documentation that tumor stem-like cells exist in benign tumors
7. Major Study of Malpractice Insurance Finds No Basis to Limit Liability of Unsafe Health Care Providers
8. Eliminating Cell Receptor Prevents Infections in Animal Study
9. UC Davis study highlights work-life issues of female surgeons
10. Quigley Corporation Announces Final Results of Quigley Pharmas Phase IIb Study
11. AcelRx Announces Perfect Performance of Handheld Component of ARX-01 Sufentanil NanoTab PCA System in a Phase 2 Study
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... March 24, 2017 , ... Shamanic healer and teacher Anahata ... and Spiritual Awakening, proudly presents her Sacred Peru retreat with world famous ... spiritual journey during the Summer Solstice will also be her final international retreat, ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... March 24, 2017 , ... As the standards ... a communications platform that positions them as the go-to thought leader in all ... online publication as an always-on, always-fresh news, views and advocacy engine, called ONS ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... March 24, 2017 , ... ... at the Advanced ERISA Benefit Claims Litigation seminar in Chicago, Illinois. She ... Record, The majority of cases litigated under ERISA involve claims for long-term disability ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... ... Viewers who like to educate themselves on current issues and who enjoy gaining ... issues tend to appreciate and love the "Informed" series, hosted by Rob Lowe. ... causes around the world. , Running for charity has become a multi-million ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... March 24, 2017 , ... Empower Brokerage, located in Southlake, ... leads programs. , In February, 2017, Empower Brokerage introduced their new “Performance Partners” ... designed to teach how to maximize their sales efforts, as well as how ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/24/2017)...  Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: ... million in its U.S. operations in 2017. The ... including research laboratories, manufacturing sites, and general and ... demand for Lilly products, as well as its ... cancer, pain, diabetes and other unmet medical needs.  ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... 23, 2017  Mirabilis Medical, a ... for non-invasive surgery, announced today CE Mark authorization ... of uterine fibroids throughout the European Union.  The ... from the US Food and Drug Administration to ... in the United States.  The Mirabilis System combines ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... and GENEVA , March ... on World Tuberculosis Day revitalizes efforts to develop sutezolid ... On World Tuberculosis Day, TB Alliance and the ... the clinical development of sutezolid, an antibiotic drug candidate ... pertains to the development of sutezolid in combination with ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: