A positive attitude in prostate cancer challenges: finding hope and optimism

Lepherd, Laurence and Graham, Coralie (2016) A positive attitude in prostate cancer challenges: finding hope and optimism. The Journal of Community and Supportive Oncology, 14 (9). pp. 386-391. ISSN 2330-7749

Abstract

Background:
Prostate cancer affects not only men with the disease, but their partners and families as well. These affects can
include changes to everyday lifestyle activities, incontinence, and sexual dysfunction, and sometimes, relationships.

Objective:
To find out how men with prostate cancer and their female partners found spiritual lift and hope during the prostate
cancer trajectory.

Methods;
The very personal and human nature of the question suggested that a qualitative approach with narrative inquiry would be the most appropriate. Comments were obtained from 10 men and 10 women who were not in a relationship with each other and from 10 couples (N = 40) and then subjected to narrative and thematic analysis.

Results:
The participants’ activities and circumstances provided their lift – rising above the everyday mundane – and their hope – optimism for the future – and helped them cope. In addition, what emerged was interesting insights on the way in which the participants associated these concepts with having a positive attitude in their life. They provided some valuable information on what constitutes being positive that will be helpful to others in similar circumstances, and to health professionals.

Limitations:
The information from a relatively small number of participants needs to be interpreted carefully and cannot result in strong conclusions about the nature of the results.

Conclusions:
Being positive during a time of illness and when dealing with the consequences of the illness, is an important element in coping. However, an understanding of the practicalities of what it means to be positive needs to be thoroughly developed and understood.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: c. 2016 Frontline Medical Communications, Inc.
Faculty / Department / School: No Faculty
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2017 06:03
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2018 02:38
Uncontrolled Keywords: prostate cancer, positive attitude, hope, optimism
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1112 Oncology and Carcinogenesis > 111204 Cancer Therapy (excl. Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy)
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: doi:10.12788/jcso.0208
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/30786

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