New study below.
It never occurred to me that PCa might come with a stigma.
"Stigma for lung cancer survivors has been the focus of considerable research ...". But lung cancer is often viewed as being self-induced. (With diabetes, organizations have no problem raising money for Type 1 research, but it's tough getting donations for Type 2, due to the "self-inflicted" stigma.)
A few generations back, people never spoke about cancer. From politeness, rather than stigma? In October, everyone & her cousin will be talking about breast cancer. No stigma there, apparently. Our local newspaper has been known to print on pink paper, & there will be endless stories of plucky survivors.
I like talking about PCa in general. The subject fascinates me. PCa seems less intimidating, somehow, when it is studied & discussed. No less dangerous, but anxiety is reduced.
"Eighty-five PCa survivors were administered survey packets consisting of a stigma measure, a PCa-specific quality of life measure, and a demographic survey during treatment of their disease."
"Results indicated that PCa stigma has a significant, negative influence on the quality of life for survivors".
Anyone else feel that way?
J Psychosoc Oncol. 2017 Mar 20:0. doi: 10.1080/07347332.2017.1307896. [Epub ahead of print]
The Influence of Stigma on the Quality of Life for Prostate Cancer Survivors.
Wood AW1, Barden S2, Terk M3, Cesaretti J3.
The purpose of the present study was to investigate the influence of stigma on prostate cancer (PCa) survivors' quality of life. Stigma for lung cancer survivors has been the focus of considerable research (Else-Quest & Jackson, 2014); however gaps remain in understanding the experience of PCa stigma. A cross-sectional correlational study was designed to assess the incidence of PCa stigma and its influence on the quality of life of survivors. Eighty-five PCa survivors were administered survey packets consisting of a stigma measure, a PCa-specific quality of life measure, and a demographic survey during treatment of their disease. A linear regression analysis was conducted with the data received from PCa survivors. Results indicated that PCa stigma has a significant, negative influence on the quality of life for survivors (R2 = .33, F(4, 80) = 11.53, p < .001). There were no statistically significant differences in PCa stigma based on demographic variables (e.g., race and age). Implications for physical and mental health practitioners and researchers are discussed.
Prostate Cancer; Quality of Life; Stigma
PMID: 28318410 DOI: 10.1080/07347332.2017.1307896