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University Medical Centre Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
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.
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 …
For correspondence: Dr I J Korfage, Department of Public Health, ErasmusMC, University Medical Center Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Source of funding: Dutch Cancer Society.