Researchers at the University of Surrey and National Health Service in the U.K. have developed a web-based online cognitive behavioral therapy sessions and both filmed and interactive peer support. Every year, over 47,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer in the U.K. Recent studies have shown that 65% of men with prostate cancer say they have unmet psychological needs, and up to a third experience anxiety or depression. The side effects that accompany prostate cancer treatment can include urinary, sexual, and/or bowel complications. All of these side effects can negatively affect a man’s psychological health.
The researchers have found that this new system is helping men cope with their disease and the side effects of their treatment. The study participants reported feeling empowered by the program, signaling a change in attitude, and how they approach life after their prostate cancer diagnosis.
More and more men are surviving prostate cancer, thanks to medical advances in both diagnosis and treatment. This trend then also highlights the need to treat mental health too for prostate cancer survivors.
You can read the entire article here: “UK Support Program Helps Ease Psychological Stress in Prostate Cancer Survivors.”