Please login to the form below

Caring for prostate cancer patients

Although not without its challenges, the appropriate care and support available to patients with prostate cancer is gradually evolving. It’s important not to overlook the all too often ‘unsung heroes’ of prostate cancer; those who care for the patients. Associate Consultant Frances Peters takes a look at the issues and concerns facing the caregivers of those with prostate cancer.
Cancer Research UK estimates that men in the UK have a 1 in 8 chance of developing prostate cancer at some point in their lives. It’s the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men and campaigns such as ‘Movember’ have been effective in raising awareness worldwide. Although not without its challenges, the appropriate care and support available to patients is gradually evolving. But it’s important not to overlook the all too often ‘unsung heroes’ of prostate cancer; those who care for the patients.

Associate Consultant Frances Peters takes a look at the issues and concerns facing the caregivers of those with prostate cancer. 

The importance of the carer’s role 

A patient’s caregiver can be a friend, family member, partner, or a healthcare professional (such as a live-in nurse), so their needs and challenges could be wide and varied. For the purpose of this article, I will focus on patients’ partners as the caregivers. 

From a personal perspective, I’ve watched my grandfather receive his diagnosis of prostate cancer. I’ve watched him cope brilliantly, receive exceptional treatment, and continue to live a relatively normal life. The process has been a testament to the care available in the UK and to my grandad himself. What I’ve also seen is my grandmother going through the whole process with him, working tirelessly in the background to make her husband better. 

A recent pan-European study titled ‘Prostate Cancer – Living, not just surviving’ investigated the unmet needs of patients and their caregivers across ten different countries. It indicated that the patient’s partner tends to be the person in the family most involved with the management of the disease.

“I never see any patient without his partner. Women are much better at asking questions, in understanding, in being assertive when it comes to defending the health of their husband, much better than the patient. You should always see the patient and the partner together. This is the basic rule for getting the best results.” Professor Louis Denis, Onco-urologist

The impact of prostate cancer on the carer

According to the ‘Prostate Cancer – Living, not just surviving’ survey, 34% of caregivers reported that their hobbies and personal activities were most affected by the patients’ disease. Furthermore, 39% of patients agree that their partner is the person in their family most negatively impacted by their disease. 
...

Download the full article from Blue Latitude Health

16th March 2017

Share

Tags

Company Details

Blue Latitude Health

+44 203 328 1840

Contact Website

Address:
Blue Latitude Health (UK)
140 Aldersgate Street
London
EC1A 4HY
United Kingdom

Latest content on this profile

Digital Nation: How Australia became a digital health pioneer
Australia has adopted digital strategies to transform its healthcare system. We sat down with Rachel de Sain, who shares where, and how she contributed to improving digital health products and services in Australia to advance their nation to becoming one of the world's leaders in digital health.
Blue Latitude Health
Rethinking Electronic Medical Records
EMR systems are far from perfect. Clinician and PhD candidate Dr. Pao takes us through his perspective on the system and how he aims to lead the way by solving the challenges when adopting this technology in a clinical setting.
Blue Latitude Health
Blue Latitude Health moves to new offices in New York
Blue Latitude Health has moved offices to a new location in New York following a year of substantial growth.
Blue Latitude Health
Designing a global digital patient services platform
Within our customer experience capability at Blue Latitude Health, our UX researchers and designers are tasked with understanding customer and client needs. Recently, a client required a centralised system to drive the development and deployment of data-driven patient services. Here, we explain the process of developing this platform.
Blue Latitude Health
Digital therapeutics and their impact on society
Head of Customer Experience Elisa del Galdo explores how healthcare technology can help chronic disease patients and asks what makes a good digital therapeutic?
Blue Latitude Health
Life with multiple myeloma - why I'm a lucky man living the dream
Multiple myeloma patient Bob Munro explains what it's like to live with the rare blood cancer and how his diagnosis led him on the journey of a lifetime – cycling from London to the Arc de Triomphe.
Blue Latitude Health