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Men treated for prostate cancer did not consider urinary, bowel, or sexual dysfunction as problems of health

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Q How do men who have been treated for prostate cancer perceive the side effects of urinary, bowel, and sexual dysfunction?

DESIGN

Qualitative study.

SETTING

University Medical Centre Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

PARTICIPANTS

33 men 60–74 years of age who had been treated for prostate cancer and had experienced urinary, bowel, or sexual dysfunctions after, but not before, treatment. All men were recruited from a cohort of prostate cancer patients who had completed self report questionnaires before treatment and at 6 month, 12 month, and 5 year follow up. Questionnaires included disease specific and generic quality of life (QOL) measures. Responses indicated both high levels of dysfunction and high generic scores.

METHODS

Face-to-face semistructured interviews were conducted at a mean of 5–6 years after prostate cancer treatment. Interviews were audiotaped and transcribed verbatim. To explore the discrepancy …

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