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Mannens ensak eller bådas angelägenhet: Prostatacancers påverkan på den heterosexuella relationen
Halmstad University, School of Social and Health Sciences (HOS).
Halmstad University, School of Social and Health Sciences (HOS).
2009 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (university diploma), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
The man’s business or a concern for both : Prostate cancer’s influence on the heterosexual relationship (English)
Abstract [sv]

När en man diagnostiseras med prostatacancer innebär det en psykisk påfrestning för mannen och hans kvinnliga partner. Reaktioner som chock, meningsförlust, ensamhet och ångest är vanligt förekommande. Syftet med denna litteraturstudie var att beskriva hur det vardagliga livet upplevs och påverkas hos par där mannen lever med diagnostiserad prostatacancer. Resultaten i studien baseras på tio vetenskapliga artiklar med fokus på parens erfarenheter av sjukdomen. Impotens, inkontinens och fatigue var symtom som drabbade mannen till följd av sjukdomen. Dessa förändringar inverkade på parets vardag och relation. Förändringarna var psykiskt påfrestande för parets hälsa och både mannens och kvinnans livskvalitet försämrades på grund av cancersjukdomen. Psykiska problem som depression, oro, ångest och skuld var dock mer förekommande hos kvinnan. Trots att paren var i stort behov av information upplevde de att hälso- och sjukvården inte uppmärksammade deras behov. Tydligare riktlinjer inom sjukvården för hur par som lever med prostatacancer ska bemötas efterlyses. På så sätt kan sjuksköterskan lättare tillgodose parets behov av information och stöd. Sjuksköterskan bör uppmärksamma och bemöta kvinnans individuella önskemål samt visa en öppenhet gentemot de sexuella problem som kan drabba paren. Mer forskning, speciellt i Skandinavien, efterlyses för att få en klarare bild över hur både en homosexuellt och heterosexuell relation påverkas av prostatacancer.  

Abstract [en]

When a man is diagnosed with prostate cancer it implies a psychological strain for the man and his female partner where reactions such as shock, loss of meaning, loneliness and anxiety are common. The purpose of this literature review was to describe how everyday life is perceived and influenced in couples where the man has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. The results of the study are based on ten scientific articles focused on exploring couple’s experiences of the disease and how they are affected by the situation. Symptoms such as impotence, incontinence and fatigue were changes that affected the couple’s everyday life and their relationship. These changes were psychologically trying for the couple’s health and their quality of life decreased because of the cancer.  Psychological problems like depression, anxiety and guilt were more common for the woman. Despite the fact that the couples were in great need of information, they felt that health care providers were not attentive to these needs. Clearer guidelines are needed within the health-care system for how couples living with prostate cancer should be treated. The nurse would thereafter be better equipped to meet the couple’s needs for information and support. The nurse should highlight and approach women’s individual needs and show openness towards the sexual problems that can befall couples. More research is needed, particularly in Scandinavia, in order to get a clearer picture of how a homosexual and heterosexual relationship is affected by prostate cancer.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. , 34 p.
Keyword [en]
Nursing, prostatic neoplasms, relationship, spouses
Keyword [sv]
Omvårdnad, par, prostatacancer, relation
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Urology and Nephrology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-3819OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-3819DiVA: diva2:292440
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Available from: 2010-02-17 Created: 2010-02-07 Last updated: 2010-02-17Bibliographically approved

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