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

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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. https://doi.org/10.12788/jcso.0208
Article Title

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

ERA Journal ID16500
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsLepherd, Laurence (Author) and Graham, Coralie (Author)
Journal TitleThe Journal of Community and Supportive Oncology
Journal Citation14 (9), pp. 386-391
Number of Pages6
Year2016
Place of PublicationUnited States
ISSN1544-6794
1879-596X
2330-7749
2330-7757
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.12788/jcso.0208
Web Address (URL)http://www.mdedge.com/jcso/article/114641/genitourinary-cancer/positive-attitude-prostate-cancer-challenges-finding-hope/pdf
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.

Keywordsprostate cancer, positive attitude, hope, optimism
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020321104. Cancer therapy (excl. chemotherapy and radiation therapy)
420599. Nursing not elsewhere classified
Byline AffiliationsCentre for Health Sciences Research
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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