The management of sexual dysfunction resulting from radiotherapy and androgen deprivation therapy to treat prostate cancer: a comparison of uro-oncology practice according to disease stage

Kinnaird, William, Kirby, Michael G, Mitra, Anita, Davda, Reena, Jenkins, Valerie and Payne, Heather (2020) The management of sexual dysfunction resulting from radiotherapy and androgen deprivation therapy to treat prostate cancer: a comparison of uro-oncology practice according to disease stage. International Journal of Clinical Practice. a13873. ISSN 1368-5031

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Abstract

Objectives
To establish current uro‐oncology practice in the management of sexual dysfunction (SD) following radiotherapy (RT) and/or androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) to treat prostate cancer. To identify differences in approach to the management of SD according to disease stage.

Subjects and methods
A 14‐question mixed methods survey was designed to assess the current UK practice. Closed‐ and open‐ended questions were used to quantify results while allowing participants to expand on answers. The survey was distributed to members of the British Uro‐Oncology Group at the 2019 annual meeting.

Results
Surveys were completed by 63 uro‐oncologists attending the annual meeting of the British Uro‐Oncology Group (response rate 66%). The major issue highlighted was a difference in approach to managing SD according to disease stage. More than half of the participants (56%) said ‘advanced stage of disease’ was a barrier to discussing SD. Clinicians were less likely to discuss SD, take baseline assessments, refer to a specialist clinic or offer rehabilitation when dealing with patients with advanced disease. Only a minority said that the management of SD was primarily their responsibility (11%). Nearly all clinicians (92%) had access to SD clinics; however, the majority of clinicians did not routinely refer patients.

Conclusions
This study shows that men with advanced prostate cancer need better support in managing SD. Patients receiving long‐term ADT are less likely to be offered any kind of help or intervention. Specific guidance on managing SD in this cohort may result in improvements in sexual function, emotional well‐being, quality of life, mental health and confidence.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Sussex Health Outcomes Research & Education in Cancer (SHORE-C)
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Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2020 08:01
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2021 13:00
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/95346

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