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Supportive medications and interventions received by prostate cancer survivors: results from the PiCTure study

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Linda Sharp


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©2017 Frontline Medical Communications. Background Prostate cancer treatments are associated with after-effects that adversely affect men’s health-related quality of life long into survivorship. Objective To investigate the use of supportive medications and interventions in a population-based study of prostate cancer survivors Methods A cross-sectional postal questionnaire was sent to 6,559 prostate cancer survivors (ICD10 C61) who were 2-18 years post diagnosis, identified through population-based cancer registries in Ireland. Information was sought on after-effects that had been experienced at any time after treatment and any medication or intervention received to alleviate symptoms. The Decisional Regret Scale was used to measure survivors’ regret over their entire treatment experience. Chi-square tests were used to investigate variations in receipt of these medications or interventions. Results In a population-based study of prostate cancer survivors (n = 3,364), use of supportive medications/interventions was low. Younger men more often used medications/interventions for impotence and depression, older men for bowel problems and incontinence. 35.6% of survivors reported any decisional regret, significantly higher among those taking supportive medications/ interventions for impotence. Limitations The study is descriptive, survivors were not asked if the supportive care received matched their needs and whether they were satisfied with their supportive care. Conclusions This study documents, for the first time, population-based data on patient-reported use of supportive medications and interventions to alleviate adverse effects of prostate cancer and its treatment. Increased used of medications/interventions for treatment after-effects could improve survivor quality of life.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Drummond FJ, Gavin AT, Sharp L

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Community and Supportive Oncology

Year: 2017

Volume: 15

Issue: 6

Pages: e309-e313

Print publication date: 01/11/2017

Online publication date: 15/12/2017

Acceptance date: 21/11/2017

ISSN (print): 2330-7749

ISSN (electronic): 2330-7757

Publisher: Frontline Medical Communications


DOI: 10.12788/jcso.0384


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